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Jeweled Golden Rice

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From EatingWell:  June/July 2006

Inspired by a classic Persian recipe, this eye-catching fruit- and nut-studded rice dish goes well with roast poultry or pork. Here, the colorful “jewels” are fresh and dried cherries, chopped celery, green onion and mixed nuts. The dish is prepared ahead, making it very convenient for entertaining. Recipe by Nancy Baggett.

8 servings, 3/4 cup each | Active Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes (including 1 hour chilling time)

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Combine rice, broth, water, curry powder, turmeric and saffron in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stir once, cover with a tight-fitting lid, reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the liquid is absorbed, about 35 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, 5 minutes more. Fluff with a fork.
  2. Combine oil, lemon juice, honey, orange zest, ginger and salt in a large, nonreactive bowl (see Note). Stir in the cooked rice, celery, dried cherries and 1/4 cup scallions (or chives). Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 2 days.
  3. To serve, fold fresh cherries and 1/2 cup mixed nuts into the rice mixture. Serve at room temperature, garnished with the remaining 1/4 cup scallions (or chives) and mixed nuts.

Nutrition

Per serving : 288 Calories; 12 g Fat; 1 g Sat; 7 g Mono; 1 mg Cholesterol; 41 g Carbohydrates; 6 g Protein; 5 g Fiber; 125 mg Sodium; 238 mg Potassium

2 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fruit, 1 other carbohydrate, 2 fat

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