Next time you need a quick and easy side-dish, think of rice pilaf. It can be varied to compliment your main dish.
Basic Rice Pilaf
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup long-grain rice
1 can (14.5 ounce) chicken broth
Melt butter in medium sauce pan or skillet with lid. Add onion and garlic, sauteing until tender.
Add rice and stir until all grains are coated with butter.
Add broth. Bring to a boil.
Cover, reduce heat and simmer until liquid is absorbed. Approximately 20 minutes.
Add 1/2 cup diced mushrooms with onions.
Broccoli and Cheese Variation
Add 1 cup broccoli florets and 1/2 cup shredded cheese. Include 1/4 cup cream with broth.
Spanish Style Variation
Add 1/2 cup chopped green pepper with onions and garlic. Sprinkle vegetables with 1 teaspoon chili powder.
Stir in 1 cup diced tomatoes with broth.