Whole Grain Pilaf with Dates
2 cups quick cooking brown rice
1/4 cup chopped dates
1 Tbsp. finely minced orange zest
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1/2 yellow or orange bell pepper, finely diced
2 finely chopped scallions, green and white parts (about 1/4 cup)
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. dried chives or parsley
2 tsp. dried mint (optional)
1 Tbsp. canola oil
1 Tbsp. orange juice
1 Tbsp. lime juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Cook the rice according to the package directions. Transfer the cooked rice to a large bowl. Using a fork, lightly combine the rice with the dates, zest, almonds, pepper, scallions, cinnamon, chives or parsley, and mint. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil and juices. Drizzle the dressing over the rice mixture, while lightly tossing everything together. Season the dish to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with poultry, pork, lamb or steamed vegetables.
Makes 8 servings. Per serving: 166 calories, 4 g. total fat (0 g saturated fat), 30 g. carbohydrates, 3 g. protein, 3 g. dietary fiber, 1 mg. sodium.