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Gluten-Free Rice Pilaf

Rice Pilaf sounds like something a gluten-intolerant person should be able to eat, when in fact, there are often tiny grains of wheat-based orzo nestled in with the rice. The orzo adds a nice, al dente bite and butter adds a rich, savory flavor, and it’s a delicious and easy side dish, so I decided to make a version for those of us with food allergies and intolerances.

With Earth Balance instead of butter and quinoa-based orzo (I love Andean Dream’s), it has all of the flavor of the original but none of the allergens.

Enjoy!

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Gluten-Free Rice Pilaf

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

  • Small stock pot with a lid

Ingredients

Optional garnish:

  • flat-leaf parsley

Instructions

  • Heat a small stock pot over medium, then add Earth Balance and allow to melt.
  • Add gluten-free orzo and cook, stirring frequently, until it’s beginning to brown.
  • Stir in onion and cook until it’s fragrant and translucent, then add garlic, season with salt and pepper and cook for an additional minute.
  • Add the rice, stir, then carefully pour in the chicken stock.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat.
  • Reduce to a simmer, cover with the lid and cook until the stock is absorbed, about 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat, fluff with a fork, garnish with parsley if desired, and serve.
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