Sweet and Savory Rice Pilaf with Sauteed Veggies


A really successful impromptu dinner. And really low on effort – basically just dropped most of the stuff into the rice cooker and quickly sauteed the veggies in a pan.

Sweet and Savory Rice Pilaf with Sauteed Veggies

2 cups brown rice
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup caramelized onions
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup dried dates, sliced
2 eggs, hard-boiled
1 large zucchini, chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
3 Tbsp ras el hanout
2 tsp mint, chopped
olive oil
salt and pepper

1. In either a rice cooker or a large saucepan, combine rice and an appropriate amount of water for cooking with dried fruit, the onions, mint, 2 Tbsp ras el hanout, 2 tsp olive oil, a couple pinches of salt, and put on to cook. Keep checking to make sure that there is enough water to get the rice fully cooked – the dried fruit will soak some of it up, so you might have to use more than usual. When it’s almost done, add the cashews.

2. Meanwhile, in a large pan, heat a Tbsp or two of olive oil, then sautee the zucchini and red pepper with the remaining Tbsp of ras el hanout, and salt and pepper to taste.

3. Serve the veggies over the rice pilaf with an egg cut in half for each service. Maybe with pita?


5 Comments on “Sweet and Savory Rice Pilaf with Sauteed Veggies”

  1. Vanessa says:

    Yum, that looks good. I need to try ras el hanout. What kind of flavors are in it? I clicked on your link and saw that it is though to be an aphrodisiac–very interesting.

  2. tinaspins says:

    Hi Vanessa,

    Not sure exactly what the spices are in our version (we bought it from Kalustyans), but there is a recipe here: http://www.trinigourmet.com/index.php/ras-al-hanout-recipe/

  3. Jackie says:

    This sounds delicious, one that could possibly enter our weeknight repertoire. Thanks!
    I heard you on Good Food today (behind on my podcasts). AWESOME!!!

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