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Vegetable Brown Rice

Loaded with carrots, onions and peas, this rice makes a terrific side dish, but it can even stand on its own as a light main course. Raisins offer a slight sweetness, and pecans add a little crunch. --Denith Hull of Bethany, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 8 green onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2-1/2 cups frozen peas (about 10 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pecan halves, toasted


  • In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil; stir in rice and basil. Return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, 30-35 minutes.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; saute carrots, onions and raisins until vegetables are lightly browned and carrots are crisp-tender, 5-7 minutes. Add peas and salt; heat through. Stir in pecans and rice.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 305 calories, 13g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 397mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 7g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • eneym
    Apr 16, 2018

    Both my husband and I enjoyed this recipe. I agree with Hannah0418 that the raisins and pecans make this recipe. If there are just two or three of you, I suggest halving the recipe. It makes a ton, and the two of us will be having this at least another night though that will not be a problem!

  • TerryH1387
    Jul 8, 2017

    Very good!! My husband who continually tells me he doesn't like brown rice liked this a lot. Found the recipe in an old TOH magazine and will now put this on a regular rotation.

  • BarbraRenee
    Nov 8, 2011

    This is phenomenal! Everyone I serve this to comments on how great it is. Nice blend of sweet and salty, crunchy and chewy. I make this often and will continue to do so. Can be made ahead and reheats just like fresh.

  • Hannah0418
    Feb 25, 2011

    A+!!! the raisens and pecans make it different than what you'd normally find in fried rice blends. easy to make.

  • Raggamuffin
    Feb 26, 2010

    To me it was good, it wasn't great. I liked the fruit and nuts in the rice but nobody else in my family liked it, so I won't make this again.

  • Brendavan
    Jul 12, 2008

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  • wolfegrl1
    Sep 14, 2007

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  • Sara
    May 14, 2006

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