This is one of my favorite low-fat dishes—it's delicious! Rosemary, garlic, almonds and sunflower kernels flavor the broccoli and rice. Sometimes I add cooked cubed chicken for a complete meal.
—Mari Condit of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
These elegant, stuffed mushroom caps make a lovely special-occasion side dish perfect for the holidays. Green and red sweet peppers add festive color to the creamy and tender risotto.—Christie Szabo, Helotes, Texas
With its nutty texture and visual appeal, you’ll turn to this hearty side whenever a rice dish is in order. I’ve served this for more than 30 years and, over time, have learned to make enough for leftovers to be sent home with family members.—Virginia Peter, Winter, Wisconsin
You'd be hard-pressed to find me serving a different rice dish at Easter. Guests have come to expect this rich and creamy, comforting casserole every year...and I'm happy to oblige!—Carol Weber, Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska
“Whenever my family wants something different to go with our grilled beef—or other entrees, I throw together this easy side. It’s so fresh-tasting, and I always have the ingredients on hand.”
Sarah Rupe - Eldon, Iowa
I make this recipe for almost every holiday and often take it to potlucks. Usually, I make the pilaf ahead to allow the flavors to blend and then reheat it in the microwave before serving. This also makes for more room in the oven and less chaos when you are putting out a big holiday meal. —Dianne Bettin, Truman, Minnesota
MY Mom found this recipe in a local newspaper years ago and it has been one of our favorite side dishes for a long time. The original recipe was a little bland, so I have doctored it up a little. Sometimes I make more than I need for one meal so I can have leftovers.
“We have a small group that meets once a week for exercise and to share ideas on 'light & tasty' foods that are good for us but also quick," writes Eva Brookman of Davis, Illinois. "This is one of our favorite recipes.”