Tomato Rice Pilaf

5 from 5 votes

Tomato Brown Rice Pilaf is a vegan Mediterranean recipe that is a perfect side dish next to chicken or seafood dishes - simple, satisfying and easy to make

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This Tomato Rice Pilaf is a staple Mediterranean recipe that I make for my kids all the time. We enjoy it as a side dish and sometimes I even bulk it up with chicken or beef and make it as a mean meal.

Rice is one of the favorite side dish hero, and this vegan Mediterranean Tomato Brown Rice Pilaf is no exception. It's simple, satisfying & so easy to make!

A traditional grain like rice can wear so many hats, it can be the main dish, side dish, turned into a dessert, even pressed for milk. For dinner though, it’s definitely one of my favorite side dish heroes. I grew up eating this tomato rice pilaf and still love it!

More often than not, white rice undergoes a refining process that actually strips the grain of its inherent goodness. The manufacturers then “enrich” it with synthetic vitamins that don’t quite cut it.

Brown rice has a better nutritional profile, including selenium and manganese, and it doesn’t lost those nutrients before it hits your dinner plate, and that’s why I love using it when I make this tomato rice pilaf.

For this Mediterranean pilaf, I add basil, sauteed onions, and tomatoes — yum! It’s so simple you’re going to end up making it all the time.

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Tomato Rice Pilaf

Tomato Brown Rice Pilaf is a vegan Mediterranean recipe that is a perfect side dish next to chicken or seafood dishes – simple, satisfying and easy to make
5 from 5 votes
Servings 4 servings
Course Side Dish
Calories 228
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion small diced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 large tomatoes small diced
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil for garnish

Instructions

  • In a medium sauce pan, heat the olive oil, and sauté onions with salt and pepper until translucent.
  • Add the tomato paste and the small diced tomatoes and mix until the tomatoes slightly start to break up.
  • Mix in the brown rice and incorporate everything well together, then add 1 ½ cup boiling water. Bring the mixture to a boil. Then cover the pot and simmer on low for 45 minutes until water is all absorbed and the rice is soft
  • Serve as a side dish topped with fresh basil, if desired

Nutrition

Calories: 228kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 4g, Sodium: 37mg, Potassium: 353mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 575IU, Vitamin C: 11.3mg, Calcium: 28mg, Iron: 1.2mg

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