Home-made Rice-a-Roni

After finding out you’re gluten and dairy intolerant, you realize you can’t have any of those easy boxed meals anymore…..which after looking at all the additives in them, I’m actually pretty grateful for this “inconvenience”! I’m eating much healthier…..when you create your own meals from scratch you can keep track of exactly what you are eating. One of the things I missed most was Rice-A-Roni! A good rice pilaf is an excellent side dish, and this recipe is so simple and quick to make….and its even tastier then I remember! We make it all the time….since it seems to go with just about everything! My gluten-eating husband can’t get enough of it, and most certainly can’t tell its both gluten and dairy free! I like to throw in some frozen vegetables and even some leftover meat chopped up to make a fried rice like dish! You can easily make this non-gluten and dairy free by using regular pasta and butter….. This is one you’ll really want to give a go! Enjoy! 🙂

Homemade Rice-a-Roni (Printable Version)

Ingredients:

¾ cup long grain white rice
½ cup broken gluten free spaghetti
1 ½ Tbsp (non-dairy) margarine or butter
14 oz water
1 Tbsp instant chicken bouillon
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
½ tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 cup frozen peas & carrots, cooked and drained (opt)

Directions:

Melt the butter in a pan and sauté the rice and pasta until lightly browned. Add the water, bouillon, parsley, garlic and salt. Bring to a boil and cover, then reduce heat to low. Cook 15 minutes without lifting lid. After 15 minutes check to see if all liquid has been absorbed and fluff rice with a fork. If the rice is tender but it is still a little wet just let it sit on low with the lid off for a few minutes.

(opt) While the rice is cooking, microwave the frozen veggies. Drain and add to the rice after rice is cooked through.

** You could also add some chopped up cooked meat after the rice is done cooking.

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