Brown rice pilaf with orzo is the side dish that goes with everything! Serve this easy whole grain side with everything from roast chicken to curry. 132 calories and 3 Weight Watchers SP #ricepilaf #sidedish #weightwatchers
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Brown Rice Pilaf with Orzo

Brown rice pilaf with orzo is the side dish that goes with everything! Serve this easy whole grain side with everything from roast chicken to curry. 132 calories and 3 Weight Watchers SP
Servings: 9 Servings
Calories: 132kcal
Author: Dara Michalski | Cookin' Canuck

Ingredients

  • 2 2/3 cup vegetable broth (or chicken broth if not vegetarian/vegan)
  • 3/4 cup brown basmati rice (or other brown long grain rice)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large shallot minced
  • 1 large carrot cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 large celery stalk cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat orzo (regular orzo can be substituted)
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp minced flat-leaf parsley

Instructions

  • Combine the chicken broth and basmati rice in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes (orzo mixture will be added in after 35 minutes - see next steps). ***Be sure the liquid continues simmer. If you have a gas stove, this likely can be achieved with low heat. Otherwise, turn up the heat slightly to maintain a simmer.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet set over medium heat. Add the shallots, carrot, celery and orzo.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until the orzo is lightly toasted, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic, thyme, salt and pepper, and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Once the rice has cooked for 35 minutes, stir in the orzo mixture. Cover the saucepan and cook until the liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the parsley. Serve.

Notes

Weight Watchers Points: 3 (Freestyle SmartPoints), 3 (Points+

Nutrition

Serving: 0.67Cup | Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.2g | Protein: 2.8g | Fat: 2.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 375.8mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 1.8g