Rice Pilaf with Dried Apricots and Almonds

Written by Eli Ben-Yehuda

On March 15, 2020

Dried apricots are fat-free and packed with nutrients that are good for blood pressure and help to control cholesterol.

They contain lycopene, potassium, beta-carotene and pectin – plus they are a rich source of iron too. The drying process may rob them of some vitamin C but it more than makes up for it with these extra nutritional benefits.

Apricots are also low in sodium which makes them perfect for including as part of a blood-pressure busting diet.

When it comes to selecting dried apricots make sure you go for the organic variety since these won’t have been exposed to sulfur dioxide – a process that makes them retain their orange color. Organic apricots are a brown color, and as well as being healthier – they are tastier.

Ingredients

  • 12 dried apricot halves
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1 tbs margarine
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • Pinch salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 ½ cups reduced sodium vegetable broth
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup toasted almonds
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs to garnish
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Instructions

  • Chop apricots into small slices.
  • Melt the margarine in a non-stick saucepan and add onion, rice, cardamom and seasoning.
  • Cook over a medium heat for 8 minutes.
  • Stir in the broth, almonds raisins and apricots and bring to a simmer, reducing heat to low.
  • Cover pan and leave until broth is absorbed, about 20 minutes then remove from heat and leave to stand for 5 minutes.
  • Fluff up with a fork and garnish with the rosemary sprigs.

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