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Taking its cue from the traditional green bean casserole, this Green Bean Rice Pilaf is the lightened-up, made over version and adds a festive touch to any Friendsgiving table.
I simply cannot believe how quickly the holidays are approaching. Can you believe 2017 is in sight? I get overwhelmed just thinking about it. To calm myself down, I like to focus only on what’s right in front of me. Like, say, Friendsgiving, cookie swaps, and holiday gift exchanges! I’m sure all of our calendars are filling up quickly with these gatherings that keep us constantly grocery and gift shopping.
To make holiday gatherings like Friendsgiving manageable, I love shopping at Target. I consider it a one-stop shop for all of my grocery and gift shopping. I can pick up ingredients, decorations for my table scape, and parting gifts all in one swoop!
My first Friendsgiving gathering will begin this weekend and will continue almost every weekend until the end of the year (I love ‘em, but wish me luck!). I’ve been assigned to bring a side dish, so I opted for this quick and easy Green Bean Rice Pilaf. I took my cue from the traditional green bean casserole and gave it a bit of a facelift :) I generally try not to make traditional dishes for Friendsgiving because I think those should be saved for traditional Thanksgiving dinner, but that’s just me.
I made the Green Bean Rice Pilaf using a few simple ingredients and in only one skillet! I started by making a simple rice pilaf using Swanson® Chicken broth instead of water. The Swanson® Chicken broth doesn’t have any MSG nor artificial flavors, but adds so much savory flavor! I love using it in place of water whenever I can. It really enhances my dishes and makes all the difference!
Once the rice is cooked, the “hard” part is over. Now it’s just about adding the veggies. I added mushrooms, diced tomatoes, and Del Monte® Blue Lake® Cut Green Beans. Del Monte® Blue Lake® Cut Green Beans are made with green beans, water, and a pinch of salt for just the right amount of deliciousness.
Perhaps my favorite thing about this Green Bean Rice Pilaf, aside from that it’s made from canned vegetables and pre-sliced mushrooms (it couldn’t get any easier), is how festive it looks! There’s red, white, and green! I love colorful food :)
I cannot wait to catch up with all of my friends this season. It’s always fun to see what everyone’s up to over board games, inside jokes, and good food! I hope you all have a wonderful season of fellowship with your friends this season.
- 4 teaspoons vegetable oil
- ½ (2 ounces) cup orzo pasta
- 1 cup (7 ounces) long grain white rice
- 1 can (14.5 ounces) Swanson® Chicken broth
- 1 can (14.5 ounces) Del Monte® Blue Lake® Cut Green Beans, drained
- 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
- 4 ounces sliced baby bella mushrooms
- Black pepper to taste
In a large skillet or pot fitted with a lid, heat the oil over medium heat until shimmery.
Add the orzo and toast until golden brown and fragrant. Add the rice and cook for 30 seconds.
Add the broth and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer. Cover and continue simmering for 20 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from heat.
Add the green beans, tomatoes, and mushrooms. Stir to combine. Add pepper to taste. Serve warm.