Better Than Packaged Rice Pilaf

Diet Types:

CKD non-dialysis Diabetes Dialysis

Portions: 6

Serving Size: 3/4 cup

Better than Packaged Rice Pilaf

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vermicelli noodles, uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup parboiled rice, uncooked
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cube chicken-flavor bouillon
  • 1 tablespoon Mrs. Dash® Onion and Herb seasoning blend

Nutrients per serving

Calories 180

Protein 4 g

Carbohydrates 30 g

Fat 5 g

Cholesterol 11 mg

Sodium 154 mg

Potassium 87 mg

Phosphorus 68 mg

Calcium 22 mg

Fiber 1.1 g

Preparation

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, melt butter.
  2. Break vermicelli noodles into 2″ pieces and cook, stirring often until noodles begin to brown.
  3. Add rice and stir to coat rice evenly with remaining melted butter.
  4. Crush chicken bouillon and add to skillet along with water and Mrs. Dash herb seasoning. Stir to blend ingredients.
  5. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce to low heat and cook 20 minutes. Do not remove the cover.
  6. Turn off heat and allow to sit covered for an additional 5 minutes.
  7. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2 starch
  • 1/2 fat

Carbohydrate choices

2

Helpful hints

  • Angel hair or thin spaghetti noodles can be used in place of vermicelli.
  • For comparison, packaged rice pilaf prepared with salted butter or margarine contains 400-650 mg sodium per 1/2 cup serving.
  • If you substitute a low-sodium bouillon cube, sodium content is reduced to 5 mg per serving.  Be aware, potassium content increases additional 130 -180 mg depending on the bouillon brand because potassium chloride replaces the salt. This change is not recommended if you are on a low potassium diet.
  • Freeze extra portions and reheat in the microwave for a very quick starchy side later. 

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