Nutty Cranberry Rice Pilaf Recipe

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I like to bring healthy foods to the table, especially around the holidays. Most of my meals contain onions or garlic or both. Here is one recipe that can be used as a side dish or as a delightful meatless main dish —Renee Hagens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon each dried oregano, basil and dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped cashews

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup: 289 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 475mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add rice; cook and stir for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Stir in the stock, cranberries and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Remove from the heat. Stir in cashews. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Nutty Cranberry Rice Pilaf in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2012, p88

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