Rice Pilaf with Dried Apricots and Almonds
Written by Eli Ben-yehudaOn 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.
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.
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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