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Homemade Rice Pilaf with an Instant Pot Option

Homemade rice pilaf is easy to prepare and pairs well with just about any entree! This post includes instructions on how to make rice pilaf on the stove top as well as in the Instant Pot.

Packaged rice pilaf was a HUGE hit in my household when I was growing up. I can’t describe the level of excitement my siblings and I exuded on the evenings my parents broke out the ol’ box of pilaf. Can you relate?

Given my adoration of the dish, I’m slightly surprised it took me until recently to begin making it at home. But here we are! Adulting our way back to our childhood favorite in fancy-form with our way-better-for-you ingredients.

Turns out, rice pilaf, while magical in flavor, is nothing magical in practice. 

The key ingredients are things you already keep on hand: rice (typically long-grain), chicken stock or bone broth, onion, garlic, and some pantry seasonings like dried rosemary. 

Add a little lemon zest for an ever so slight acidic tang, and you’re straight up killin it.

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Avocado Pesto Zoodles with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Avocado pesto zoodles with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes is a super quick, easy, and healthful meal, and comes together in under 30 minutes. This whole30, paleo and vegan dinner recipe is perfect for any night of the week. This post is sponsored by the California Avocado Commission. ^^^I know, right? Zoodles never looked so sultry. …

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Hummus Flatbread with Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Pesto

Hummus flatbread with sun-dried tomatoes, feta, spinach, pine nuts, and pesto sauce makes for an easy-to-prepare appetizer or snack. This post is sponsored by Sabra. Ever turn an appetizer into dinner? Guilty as charged. Regularly. 😉 Completely informal yet healthful, and satisfying.. plus fiercely customizable, this flatbread is everything to me. The way I see …

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Indian-Spiced Lentil and Quinoa Stuffing

Thanksgiving stuffing (or dressing) made healthy with Indian-spiced lentils, quinoa, parsnips, toasted pine nuts, golden raisins, and more! A healthful side dish for your holiday gatherings. This post is sponsored by Pacific Foods. Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and I’m sure those of you who are preparing or contributing to a feast this year are already …

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Prosciutto, Artichoke Heart, and Sun-Dried Tomato Pizza with Pine Nuts

This Prosciutto, artichoke heart, and sun-dried tomato pizza with pine nuts makes for a mouth-watering dinner. This post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. Back when I had the metabolism of a wolverine, I would order myself a large pizza and eat approximately ¾ of it for dinner, and the remaining bits of crust for …

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Grilled Shrimp and Asparagus Salad with Lemon-Pesto Dressing

  In case you were absent, we went real deep in grill talk on Monday. Feelings were expressed, Amy Grant was quoted, we ignited a fire, and now we’re stoking the fire with grilled shrimp and asparagus. Confession (slash recap from Monday’s post): when I’m not grilling for a ton of people, I just plug …

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Turnip Pasta with Pesto, Artichoke Hearts and Kale

Turnip Pasta with Pesto, Artichoke Hearts and Kale is a super nutritious meal perfect for those who are looking for a whole food, paleo, grain-free or low-carb/keto dinner recipe. Check out these green noods!   Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Our mission, should we choose to accept it, is to de-bloat on green turnip noodles before we …

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Greek Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, Spinach, Kalamata Olives, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Greek spaghetti squash with chicken, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and kalamata olives. Fire up your ovens and roast ye a spaghetti squash!   Happy MLK day! Are you working? Are you off? Are you relaxing or scratching things off your To Do list? Remember when the holidays happened and we roasted all the sweet potatoes, resulting in …

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Spaghetti Squash with Basil-Parsley Pesto and Sautéed Shrimp

Spaghetti squash with sauteed shrimp and basil-parsley pesto makes for an nutrient-packed low-carb paleo-friendly dinner that happens to also be Whole30 compliant! Truth: I’ve been roasting winter squash for weeks. Behind the scenes, there has been a whole lot of preheating to 400, chopping, scooping, roasting, squash in my hair, on my spoon, in my …

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