• Serves
  • 180

Dietician's Tip: Pilaf is a Middle Eastern dish that is made by sauteing rice or other grains in a bit of oil, and then adding seasonings and various vegetables. This version uses brown rice — rice that has its nutritious bran coating. Brown rice contains more natural minerals and vitamin E, compared with fiber-free white rice.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon low-sodium chicken-flavored bouillon granules
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 pound asparagus tips
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped


In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the rice and saute until it begins to "toast." Grains will begin to turn golden brown.

Slowly, add the water, bouillon granules, onion, mushrooms and nutmeg. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Add water as needed to keep the mixture from drying out.

Cut asparagus into 1-inch pieces, discarding the woody stems. Stir asparagus into the rice mixture, cover and cook another 5 minutes.

Stir in the grated cheese and garnish generously with parsley. Serve immediately.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size: About 2/3 cup

  • Calories 180
  • Cholesterol 4 mg
  • Monounsaturated fat 2 g
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Sodium 25 mg
  • Total carbohydrate 28 g
  • Dietary fiber 2 g
  • Protein 6 g
  • Serving size About 2/3 cup
  • Total fat 5 g
  • Fats and oils 1
  • Grains and grain products 1.5
  • Vegetables 1
  • Carbohydrates 1.5
  • Fats 1
  • Vegetables 1
  • Fats 1
  • Nonstarchy vegetables 1
  • Starches 1.5
Last Updated: 04-18-2014
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