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Robin's Rice


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  • tsp. olive oil
  • cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup uncooked basmati rice
  • 2 Tbs. slivered almonds
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 14 oz. can fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth


Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan; sauté 3 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add rice and almonds; sauté 2 minutes. Add salt, freshly ground black pepper, and broth to the pan; bring to a boil; Cover, reduce heat, and simmer about 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.

Nutritional Information, per serving

Calories: 181; Fat: 3.9g (Saturated Fat: .4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2.6g; Polyunsaturated Fat: .7g); Protein: 4.4g; Carbs: 32.4; Fiber: 1.9g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Iron: .7mg; Sodium: 305m; Calcium: 37mg.

Note: Nutritional information is approximate.

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