Mediterranean Lemony Rice Pilaf (Gluten Free)

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Do you need a side dish full of flavor?! Try this Mediterranean Lemony Rice Pilaf (Gluten Free)! Loaded with veggies and spices, plus lemon juice and lemon slices, it’s sure to spice up your meal.

Here, the spices combine to make it a perfect compliment to many entrees. This Mediterranean Lemony Rice Pilaf (Gluten Free) would pair perfectly with dishes that are simpler in flavor, since it’s bursting with zesty flavor.

In addition the zesty flavor will also pair with your bolder dishes. Serve with your favorite Mediterranean kebabs. Marinated and Grilled Greek Chicken (Gluten Free) with the fresh flavors also. Or, served with vegetable skewers or grilled vegetables, or with flatbreads and hummus for another choice.

For a yummy gluten free dinner, try serving these with chicken or steak kababs or these with Gluten Free Sourdough Flatbreads and dipping oil
Serve this rice pilaf for your meal at lunch or as a side for dinner

This dish is so loaded with vegetables, it will feel like you are enjoying a complete meal! Your friends or family will enjoy it for lunch or dinner; you’ll take joy in knowing you are serving them a large amount of vegetables and vitamins and minerals. Rice Pilaf (Gluten Free) is also a perfect lighter fare meal served with a Greek salad and flatbreads.

What kind of rice should you use?

Whether you choose to serve for lunch or dinner, or choose a white or brown rice, this pilaf won’t disappoint. I love Trader Joe’s Organic Basmati Rice, and it is my choice for many of my rice dishes.

That said, sometimes I will switch and use a brown rice if I want a bit more substantial rice. Simply follow the cooking time on the package for the rice used and use the correct amount of liquid for the amount of rice in the recipe.

Mediterranean Lemony Rice Pilaf (Gluten Free)

Do you need a side dish full of flavor?! Try this Mediterranean Lemony Rice Pilaf (Gluten Free)! Loaded with veggies and spices, plus lemon juice and lemon slices, it's sure to spice up your meal.
Servings 6 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes

Equipment

  • 1 4-5 qt saucepan

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • ½ onion, minced
  • ¼ cup orange bell pepper or red pepper, minced
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • cups Basmati rice
  • 3 cup vegetable or chicken stock or broth, gf
  • 1 teaspoon paprika, gf
  • teaspoon saffron threads, gf
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme, gf
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric, gf
  • ½ tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 cup spinach or kale leaves, chopped
  • pinch of crushed red pepper, gf optional
  • 3-4 lemon slices, cut in halves, to top rice add in at end of cooking for less lemon flavor
  • Chopped flat leaf parsley to top

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan. Saute the onion and red pepper with the salt, over medium low heat until soft. Add the garlic and continue to cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add the rice and stir to coat. Pour in the broth, the spices, lemon juice, diced tomato, and spinach or kale. Add the lemon slices and pinch of red pepper. Stir and bring to a simmer.
  • Cover and turn the heat down to a very low simmer. Cook for 13-16 minutes, depending on your rice directions.
  • Remove from the burner and let sit for 5 minutes before fluffing. Top with chopped parsley before serving.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: lemon rice, mediterranean pilaf, rice pilaf
Mediterranean Lemony Rice Pilaf (Gluten Free)

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