Easy Vegetable Rice Pilaf

This quick and easy Vegetable Rice Pilaf is a homemade version of the boxed rice variety. My family loves this with dinner!

If you’re looking for a delicious side dish in a hurry, this Easy Vegetable Rice Pilaf is a definite winner!

This quick and easy Vegetable Rice Pilaf is a homemade version of the boxed rice variety. My family loves this with dinner!

I’m just starting to realize that I may have an obsession with cooking one skillet recipes.

Not every obsession is a bad thing right? I feel like this is a very good and very justified obsession.

Now I’m just saying obsession too much, aren’t I?

This quick and easy Vegetable Rice Pilaf is a homemade version of the boxed rice variety. My family loves this with dinner!

Let’s talk about this rice… OBSESSED!

Just kidding, but kinda. Ok, yeah, I am. It’s kind of nostalgic for me since I remember my mom making the boxed rice all the time for dinner when I was a kid. Only this time, I made it from scratch, and let me tell you… SO MUCH BETTER!

First of all- I can see all that’s going in there. Secondly- it makes way more and tastes superior.

This quick and easy Vegetable Rice Pilaf is a homemade version of the boxed rice variety. My family loves this with dinner!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m never opposed to using prepackaged items when I’m in a pinch.

But what is so awesome about this side of rice is that it cooks up just as fast as the boxed stuff!

I took my family’s favorite Mexican Rice recipe and switched it up slightly so I could have a tasty side to go with some pork, chicken or beef.

This quick and easy Vegetable Rice Pilaf is a homemade version of the boxed rice variety. My family loves this with dinner!

Just start by sautéing some diced onion, toss in the rice and let it toast slightly.

Stir in the seasonings and pour in some chicken broth. You can use water instead of chicken broth, but I love how much more flavor the chicken broth brings to the rice.

This quick and easy Vegetable Rice Pilaf is a homemade version of the boxed rice variety. My family loves this with dinner!

Cover the rice and let it cook for about 10 minutes, then stir in some frozen veggies. I chose peas and carrots, but you can toss in green beans, corn, broccoli or whatever floats your boat.

Then cover it back up and let it cook for 10 more minutes!

This quick and easy Vegetable Rice Pilaf is a homemade version of the boxed rice variety. My family loves this with dinner!

Once all the liquid is absorbed the rice should be tender and ready to enjoy!

I’m sticking with my word of the day when I say that I have a serious obsession with this rice.

My whole family loves it and I love how quick and easy it is too!

This quick and easy Vegetable Rice Pilaf is a homemade version of the boxed rice variety. My family loves this with dinner!

I wonder if there are any One Skillet Obsession support groups out there? 😉

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Easy Vegetable Rice Pilaf

This simple and easy Vegetable Rice Pilaf is the perfect side dish to any meal!

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 cup uncooked white long-grain rice
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil leaves, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots mix

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook 3 minutes, until translucent.
  2. Add the rice and stir, until the rice is lightly toasted. Add the garlic salt, basil and turmeric to the skillet and stir until evenly combined.
  3. Stir in the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Stir in the peas and carrots, cover and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and enjoy!

Notes

Recipe adapted from my Mexican Rice

Keywords: vegetable, rice, pilaf,easy

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About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
32 Responses
  1. Laura

    Do you think this could be done in a rice cooker and skipping the saute part? I’m looking for easy recipes my 13yos can make (who are currently banned from using the stove).

  2. kelly

    I would like to make this with basmati rice, any recommendations for changing anything? And can I make this in my instapot?

  3. vivian

    This was good, and very easy, as the name says. It pretties up a plate too! I used veggie broth to make it eatable for our whole family, and would add salt and pepper to taste next time. Thanks for a good recipe!

    1. Rebekah

      I did long grain brown rice and it was not even close to done. I added more water and cooked it probably 10 min longer and it still wasnt done 🙁

      1. Brown rice will take longer to cook because of type of rice it is. Brown rice takes a 1:2 ratio of rice to water to cook, and when adding it with the other ingredients in this recipe you’ll probably want to increase the liquid to 2 1/4 or 2 1/2 cups.

  4. Linda

    Made this last night. This was sooo good. Will be making this often.
    As my son has an issue with onions, I substituted a couple pinches of Asafoetida Raw Herb.
    Also substituted fresh broccoli as I didn’t have frozen peas and carrots.
    Thank you so much for this recipe.

    Looking for recipes that art free of gluten, egg, dairy, sugar, corn and onions. Hard to find.

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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