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A rice pilaf of sauteed mushrooms, brown rice, wild rice, dried blueberries, dried apricots, dried cranberries, almonds and green onions.

Crunchy, delicious, and good for you too, almonds are found in dishes throughout the Mediterranean.

For an Eastern Mediterranean meal with almonds, try:

Easy Almond Brown Rice Pilaf

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp salted butter
  • 2 tbsp chopped shallots
  • 1 garlic clove; minced
  • 1-1/2 cups instant brown rice
  • 1 cup low sodium vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper; to taste
  • ¼ c sliced almonds
  •  1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Instructions:

  1. Heat olive oil and butter in a non-stick pan over medium heat.
  2. Add chopped shallots and sauté for about 1 minute, be careful not to burn.
  3. Add garlic and sauté for 20 seconds or until fragrant.
  4. Stir in rice and continue to cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add vegetable broth, salt, and pepper.
  6. Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.
  7. Remove from heat and add almonds and parsley; stir and fluff with a fork.
  8. Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

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