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Garlic Vegetable Rice Medley

 Garlic Vegetable Rice Medley
I keep an herb garden and plant several seasonal vegetables each spring. I can't wait until the farmer's market opens each summer so I can see what tasty squash, beans and greens the real farmers are offering up. Then I can head home and make this recipe.—Andy Anderson, Graham, Washington
14 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Cook: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium leek (white portion only), minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 4-1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 cup raisins or dried cranberries
  • 2 cups cubed zucchini, yellow summer squash and/or butternut squash
  • 3/4 cup frozen baby lima beans, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup chopped seeded peeled plum tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • Lemon wedges or hot pepper sauce, optional

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, saute leek and garlic in oil until tender. Add
  • broth, rice, raisins, squash, lima beans and seasonings. Bring to a
  • boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add tomatoes,
  • peas and cilantro; cover and cook 5 minutes longer or until liquid
  • is absorbed and rice is tender. Serve with lemon or hot pepper sauce
  • if desired. Yield: 14 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: One serving (prepared with raisins, zucchini and reduced-sodium chicken broth) equals 182 calories, 2 g fat (0 saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 54 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable.