Some days I feel pretty meal planning challenged and it’s all I can do to get our main dinner meal made and to the table. But just having a main dish, especially when it’s something like chicken, can seem kind of boring and with a growing teen and pre-teen in the house, it’s often not enough to fill everyone up. Plus, I like having side dishes and a vegetable most of the time.
I’ll often choose a simple vegetable side dish from the Healthy Side Vegetable Side Dishes recipe roundup I did last year but this Simple Stovetop Brown and Wild Rice Pilaf is a huge hit with my family and it’s SO super easy too.
I created it sort of on the fly one evening thinking of ways I could jazz up the flavor of brown and wild rice so that my family would be more likely to try it. The flavors of the broth and bit of garlic salt combined with the Parmesan cheese is just enough to give it a boost of flavor but also subtle enough that it doesn’t overdo it on flavor. I pretty much always have all these ingredients on hand (even the grated parmesan that I keep in my freezer) so throwing this together at the last minute is no problem.
I actually normally make it in my rice cooker and it comes out perfectly every time but you can make it just as easily on the stovetop which is why I called it Simple Stovetop Brown and Wild Rice Pilaf. I hope you’ll give it a try!
- 1 cup brown and wild rice blend (I like the Texmati brand)
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- ½ grated Parmesan cheese
- In medium saucepan, combine rice, broth and garlic salt. Stir.
- Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat and simmer and stir occasionally for about 30 minutes or until rice is cooked.
- Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese until melted and fully blended.
- Serve warm as a side to your main dish.