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Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  183
  • Protein  3 g
  • Carbohydrates  27 g
  • Fat  7 g
  • Cholesterol  0 mg
  • Sodium  13 mg
  • Potassium  143 mg
  • Phosphorus  37 mg
  • Calcium  22 mg
  • Fiber  0.7 g

Elegant and Easy Lemon Rice with Vegetables

The description for this kidney-friendly recipe is all in the name: Elegant and Easy Lemon Rice with Vegetables.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Bev from Maryland.

Portions: 5     Serving size: 1/2 cup


    • 1/2 cup celery
    • 1/4 cup onion
    • 1-1/2 cups fresh mushrooms
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted margarine
    • 1-1/4 cups water
    • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1/8 teaspoon dried whole thyme
    • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/8 teaspoon Mrs. Dash® original herb seasoning
    • 10 tablespoons rice, uncooked


    1. Slice celery and chop onion. Thinly slice mushrooms.
    2. Sauté celery and onion in 1-1/2 tablespoons margarine in a large skillet.
    3. Stir in water, lemon zest, lemon juice, thyme, pepper and Mrs. Dash® herb seasoning. Bring to a boil.
    4. Add rice, allow water to boil again then cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes until rice is tender.
    5. Melt remaining 1-1/2 tablespoons of margarine in a small skillet. Sauté mushrooms until tender.
    6. Spoon mushrooms into rice mixture and stir to combine. Serve hot and enjoy.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2 starch
  • 1/2 vegetable, low potassium
  • 1 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

    • Lemon zest is the colored portion of the lemon skin. It contains the lemon oil and adds flavor when added to foods.
    • To remove the zest, use a citrus zester, paring knife or vegetable peeler.

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Elegant and Easy Lemon Rice with Vegetables

lovingwife1 says:


Helpful hint: If you are using lemon zest and the lemons are not organic, you can drop the lemon whole in boiling water for only 15 seconds and it will leach out the pesticides from the skins. It does not change the taste of the lemon zest, just makes it healthier for the body. :]

Jun. 05, 2013, 11:56 AM - Inappropriate review?

Elegant and Easy Lemon Rice with Vegetables

bonniedog says:


This recipe is great the only adjustment I had to make was to add more water asit became very dry and started to burn on the bottom. more water fixed the problem

Mar. 23, 2013, 7:32 PM - Inappropriate review?

Elegant and Easy Lemon Rice with Vegetables

Marcelop says:


Hi I wonder if this recipe could be adapted for brown rice which takes about 50 minutes to cook. Possible? Can I use it as is but with brown rice? Thanks Dietitian comment: I believe it would work. You could add the onion and celery as suggested before cooking the rice or add it after the rice has cooked 30 minutes. Be aware the brown rice is higher in potassium and phosphorus compared to white rice.

Mar. 20, 2013, 5:50 PM - Inappropriate review?

Elegant and Easy Lemon Rice with Vegetables

Barbie219 says:


What did I do wrong? I didn't have celery so I used green pepper and followed the rest of the recipe in a large skillet. However my rice turned out dry and had a crust on the bottom of the pan. I still ate it and it was tasty but burnt!! I will try again but I will try a 2 quart saucepan and see if that works. Dietitian comment: The green pepper would not make a difference. I suggest check the ratio of water to rice on the package of rice you are using and adjust the water if necessary. Also, in step 3 turn the heat down to the lowest setting. I hope the second try turns out great!

Mar. 16, 2013, 4:56 PM - Inappropriate review?

Elegant and Easy Lemon Rice with Vegetables

janie212 says:


This can be made healthier with olive oil in place of margarine and fresh herbs in place of Mrs. Dash.

Mar. 11, 2013, 7:56 PM - Inappropriate review?

Elegant and Easy Lemon Rice with Vegetables

amymoore920 says:


I just made this but I added chicken, garlic and low sodium soy sauce and it was delicious!

Mar. 10, 2013, 2:54 PM - Inappropriate review?

Elegant and Easy Lemon Rice with Vegetables

JaimeLynnCurtiss says:


I didn't have celery so I used snow peas and it was delicious and I daresay a little more elegant. Good and easy.

Dec. 26, 2012, 6:02 PM - Inappropriate review?

Elegant and Easy Lemon Rice with Vegetables

SophieJ says:


Cooked this for my mom today. She loved it!

May. 16, 2011, 4:02 PM - Inappropriate review?

Elegant and Easy Lemon Rice with Vegetables

ladyrenegade says:


Made this with dinner last week for guests; it was delicious. They have not tried Davita but they will now-her husband is Diabetic and really enjoyed this dish.

May. 23, 2010, 11:05 AM - Inappropriate review?

Elegant and Easy Lemon Rice with Vegetables



Can I change the rice to brown rice because of high cholesterol? I like dressing up rice, this sounds great. Moderator: If you use the brown rice instead of white the phosphorus will be higher. 1/2 c white rice = 33 mg; 1/2 c brown rice = 81 mg

Jul. 03, 2009, 7:26 AM - Inappropriate review?

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