Lemon, pea and broccoli pilaf

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Serves: 4
Time to make: 40 mins
Total cost: $9.20 / $2.30 per serve

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, trimmed, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup (220g) basmati rice
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups reduced-salt vegetable stock
  • 1/2 large head broccoli (about 350g), trimmed, cut into florets
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup lightly toasted slivered almonds, to garnish

Instructions

Step 1 Set a large saucepan (that has a lid) over medium heat. Add olive oil; heat. Add onion and celery; cook, stirring, for 5 minutes, or until onion is soft. Add garlic and lemon zest; cook, stirring, for 1 more minute.

Step 2 Add rice; stir to coat. Add wine; simmer until almost evaporated. Add stock with 1 cup water and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low, cover with lid and simmer for 12 minutes. Add broccoli and peas, then cover and simmer for 3 more minutes. Remove from heat, cover and leave to steam for another 2–3 minutes.

Step 3 Add parsley to rice, season with black pepper and fluff with a fork. Garnish with almonds and serve.

Variations

To make this pilaf a non-vegetarian meal, add 400g thinly sliced chicken breast with the onion at step 1.

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