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Rice Pilaf with Dried Apricots and Almonds

Eli Ben-yehuda

Written by Eli Ben-yehuda

On June 15, 2018

Dried apricots are fat-free and packed with nutrients that are good for blood pressure and help to control cholesterol.

They contain lycopene, potassium, beta-carotene and pectin – plus they are a rich source of iron too. The drying process may rob them of some vitamin C but it more than makes up for it with these extra nutritional benefits. Apricots are also low in sodium which makes them perfect for including as part of a blood-pressure busting diet.

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When it comes to selecting dried apricots make sure you go for the organic variety since these won’t have been exposed to sulfur dioxide – a process that makes them retain their orange color. Organic apricots are a brown color, and as well as being healthier – they are tastier.

Ingredients

  • 12 dried apricot halves
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1 tbs margarine
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • Pinch salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 ½ cups reduced sodium vegetable broth
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup toasted almonds
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs to garnish
  • Preparation

    Chop apricots into small slices.

    Melt the margarine in a non-stick saucepan and add onion, rice, cardamom and seasoning. Cook over a medium heat for 8 minutes.

    Stir in the broth, almonds raisins and apricots and bring to a simmer, reducing heat to low.

    Cover pan and leave until broth is absorbed, about 20 minutes then remove from heat and leave to stand for 5 minutes.

    Fluff up with a fork and garnish with the rosemary sprigs.


    Written by Eli Ben-Yehuda

    With a passion for health advocacy Eli researches and writes many articles concerning improving the lives of people diagnosed with high blood pressure and the complication they experience. He believes educating people is the best way to improve their overall health.

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