This post is written in partnership with “USA Rice” and as always, the opinions here are all my own.
Easy One Pot Mushroom Pilaf: delicious, flavorful and hearty one-pot recipe that’s loaded with veggies and ready in 20 minutes. It’s a perfect addition to your family meal at any given time and can be stored in the fridge for up to 2-3 days. It’s vegan and gluten free.
This Easy One Pot Mushroom Pilaf is an absolute winning recipe among our family and friends. I can make it anytime and they would happily devour every bite of it. It’s also one of the recipes that have turned many of our friends into complete mushroom lovers!
This combination of mushroom with veggies, spices, and rice is absolutely made for each other and if you have never tasted it, then you need to leave everything and make this ASAP!
It’s a super easy, one-pot recipe that’s excellent for hiding veggies from your picky eaters and makes great office lunches too (just heat & eat).
There’s one more reason, why it’s our favorite and that is – it’s made using USA Rice / U.S.- grown rice and incorporates local produce to support our local farmers.
Now, before we go ahead with the recipe of this One Pot Mushroom Pilaf, did you know February is also American Heart Month?
I mean we do celebrate Valentine’s Day but it’s wonderful having a whole month to remind our special one, family/friends, to commit to a better heart health by incorporating healthy lifestyle/eating habits.
One of the easiest way to adopt heart-healthy eating habit is to incorporate U.S.-grown rice for the following reasons :
- Has more than 15 essential vitamins and minerals including, folic acid, B vitamins, potassium, magnesium, selenium, fiber, iron, and zinc.
- It’s just 100 Calories per serving and keeps you satiated for long.
- Contains just a trace of fat, no sodium, cholesterol, saturated or trans fats.
- Economical (absolutely under budget)Cooks faster than many grains
That to me is a total WIN-WIN situation in terms of meal, health and budget.
I’m using ‘Long Grain Rice’ in my recipe but, USA Rice comes in many other varieties:
Now, let’s get started with our yummy One Pot Mushroom Pilaf and I’m literally making it into one ‘Eat the Rainbow’ kind of a meal.
Which simply means adding as many natural color produce in our diet which comprises of multiple ‘vitamins + minerals + antioxidants’ which in turn makes our heart even more healthy and happy! And by adding rice and spices, we just added more benefits to the meal.
Here’s an Important Fact about Mushrooms: They are an excellent source of naturally produced Vitamin D and antioxidant, however, they need to be cooked to get their nutritional benefits as their cells walls are indigestible unless exposed to heat.
The recipe is extremely easy, seriously you don’t have to stand in front of the stovetop for longer nor need 2-3 utensils. One pot to make and the same pot can be used from stovetop to serving too (saves you many heavy/extra utensils to wash).
You just need to sauté the mushrooms, veggies first, then add spices, then rice and finally water. That’s about it, just leave it covered for 12 minutes over medium heat and your hearty meal is ready.
One more reason for using U.S.-grown long grain rice is their starch composition, cooked grains are lighter, fluffier and more separated, which makes them an excellent choice for pilaf’s/gumbo or other such recipes.
The pilaf comes out looking absolutely fluffy and gorgeous – you could literally see every grain
stand out and that to me is a restaurant looking meal at home.
The combination of veggies used with long grain rice, gives it a beautiful color and taste however, you can add or remove any vegetable as per choice.
Also, I did not use any special broth/stock to make this pilaf. The sautéed vegetables and spices give it so much flavoring that plain water works best here (for cooking).
Before, I go and enjoy this heart healthy One Pot Mushroom Pilaf with my family, I wanted to share an emerging research that people who add rice to their meal, had a 34% reduced risk for high blood pressure, a 27% reduced risk for increased waist circumference and a 21% reduced risk for metabolic syndrome.
All these benefits definitely make it one essential ingredient to our everyday meal and enjoy
the American Heart Month by incorporating habits to improve heart health today and forever.
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