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

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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8 Comments | Average User Rating:
Better Than Packaged Rice Pilaf
sh062455 says:
5

Love this recipe, so simple, so easy and got that right better than packaged!

Mar. 06, 2016, 4:35 PM
Better Than Packaged Rice Pilaf
vms00205 says:
5

make the rice pilaf as directed & mix with the Davita spaghetti sauce recipe for a REALLY good Spanish Rice. Really zips up a fish dinner.

Jan. 01, 2016, 2:24 PM
Better Than Packaged Rice Pilaf
PstrJames says:
5

This is awesome-I absolutely love it. My wife used to make Rice-a-Roni, but not anymore. This recipe beats it 1,000 times over-I could eat it everyday

Oct. 10, 2013, 9:57 AM
Better Than Packaged Rice Pilaf
Tinabell says:
4

We thought this was great. Even my husband,, who isn't on a kidney diet, enjoyed this. Will definitely make again!

Jul. 09, 2013, 6:08 PM
Better Than Packaged Rice Pilaf
mathenym says:
4

Everybody in my family really liked this recipe. I have made it twice already.

Jun. 27, 2013, 2:09 PM
Better Than Packaged Rice Pilaf
BBQBarb says:
3

Cut down on the mushrooms (apprx 75 mg of potassium each) for more strict renal diets calling for less potassium. Happy healthy eating! BBq Barb Dietitian Comment: There are no mushrooms in this recipe but you could add them. If you add 1/2 cup of mushroom peices to the recipe the potassium goes from 87 mg to 105 mg per serving of rice pilaf.

May. 31, 2013, 2:20 PM
Better Than Packaged Rice Pilaf
ChefBrooke says:
5

I would use broth or low sodium broth for myself, but I know that my patients in the clinic are using bouillon cubes because they are more affordable. Either version will yield tasty pilaf. :)

May. 27, 2013, 7:22 PM
Better Than Packaged Rice Pilaf
lydia07 says:
5

why not use reduced sodium chicken broth instead of at least one cup liquid or both...Dietitian comment: Yes you could substitute 1 to 1-1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth to replace the bouillion cube and equalk amount of water. Sodium will be approximately the same. Bouillion cubes range from 650-950 mg sodium and reduced-sodium broths range from 400-550 mg sodium.

May. 22, 2013, 4:40 PM

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