How to Make Rice Pilaf Recipes {Low Calorie Rice Pilaf Recipe}

How to Make Rice Pilaf Recipes Low Calorie Rice Pilaf Recipe

Learn how to make rice pilaf recipes healthy, with our low calorie rice pilaf recipe! It’s just 142 calories and completely amazing!

Best of all, this easy rice pilaf recipe has almost 5g of protein. You can add more protein by using a high protein chicken bone broth, and of course by serving it with a healthy protein like roasted chicken.

How to Make Rice Pilaf Recipes Low Calorie Rice Pilaf Recipe

This easy recipe for pilaf rice uses a fraction of the butter an traditional rice pilaf recipe will include. But it tastes just the same… thanks to our low calorie cooking tips (below!)

And you get a 1/2 cup of this low calorie recipe for pilaf rice for just 142 calories. We change the recipe, not the serving size to help cut calories.

This Low Calorie Rice Pilaf recipe will show you how to make pice pilaf recipes heathy and low in calories and fat…

How to Make Rice Pilaf Recipes

The best rice pilaf recipe is the one you can enjoy without ruining your diet. And our healthy rice pilaf recipe is tasty and healthy. Making it the best rice pilaf for those looking to cut calories without sacrificing flavor.

This simple pilaf rice recipe is made easy with sections including a shopping list, a printable recipe card, and more…

How to Make Rice Pilaf Recipes Low Calorie Rice Pilaf Recipe

You’ll find everything you need to make seasoned rice pilaf easy and fast in these sections. You can also skip to the recipe card below, where we’ve gathered much of the information into a sharable recipe card.

What You’ll Find in this Article:

  • Homemade Rice Pilaf Ingredients (shopping list!)
  • How to Make Rice Pilaf Recipes Easy
  • Low Calorie Rice Pilaf Recipe (recipe card!)
  • Nutrition and Calories in Rice Pilaf Recipes

Helpful Tip for Shopping: Take a screenshot of the shopping list to your phone. This way you have it at your fingertips the next time you go grocery shopping.

Recipe Card Uses: You can email yourself this recipe card so you can easily search for it (I have a folder in email just for recipes!) Or print it so you have it handy, and can make notes. You can even pin our pilaf rice recipe to Pintrest so it’s safely stored for you.

Up next, a shopping list for garlic and onion rice pilaf recipes…

Homemade Rice Pilaf Ingredients

This amazing rice side dish combines hearty orzo pasta, and rice. Once you try this easy rice side dish, you’ll want to make it every week… And it’s so healthy, you can!

Low Calorie Cooking Tips: 

  • Use olive oil spray in place of olive oil. This way you’re using a fine mist instead of a tablespoon or two. 
  • We also cut the butter from 3 tablespoons down to 1 teaspoon. This helped us save 100’s of calories, but still kept the buttery flavor that makes this recipe so great.
How to Make Rice Pilaf Recipes Low Calorie Rice Pilaf Recipe

For the best rice pilaf recipe, you’ll want to get the best ingredients. Be sure to take a screenshot of the shopping list below so you don’t forget any ingredients at the store.

Shopping List for Easy Rice Pilaf Recipes:

Special Tip: You can find all the measurements in the recipe card below. There you can choose how many servings of this low calorie rice pilaf recipe you want to make, and it will do all the math for you!

Up next, how to make rice pilaf recipes…

How to Make Rice Pilaf Recipes Easy

Side dish rice recipes can be made healthy with just a few modifications. Our low calorie tricks help save 100’s of calories and lots of fat. Making your favorite simple rice recipes healthy enough to enjoy anytime.

It’s easy to make this a vegetarian rice pilaf. Simply swap out the chicken broth for vegetable broth.

How to Make Rice Pilaf Recipes Low Calorie Rice Pilaf Recipe

This is one of our favorite easy rice side dishes… it’s easy to make, delicious to eat, and impressive.

How to Make Pilaf Rice:

  1. Heat a lidded skillet with over medium-low heat.
  2. Spray skillet with olive oil, and add in the orzo pasta. Cook, mixing often until golden brown (about 5 minutes).
  3. Add in the onion and cook until soft (about 5 minutes), then add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Mix in the rice, chicken broth and salt and increase heat to high and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender, and the liquid has been absorbed, (about 20 minutes).
  6. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Then add the butter and fluff with a fork.

Special Tip: You can find the directions, measurements, ingredients and even a snapshot of the nutrition for this recipe of simple rice pilaf in the sharable recipe card below. We’ve gathered all the information and added it to a handy card you can email to yourself or pin to Pintrest.

Up next, a sharable recipe card for our low calorie rice pilaf recipe…

Low Calorie Rice Pilaf Recipe

To make this healthy rice pilaf recipe, we used a few cooking tricks that we outlined above in the “rice pilaf ingredients” section.

The result is a perfect rice pilaf that tastes buttery and amazing, without all the excess calories and fat. If you skipped the “low calorie cooking tips”, be sure to scroll back up to check them out. You can use them in all your rice dishes!

How to Make Rice Pilaf Recipes Low Calorie Rice Pilaf Recipe

Easy Rice Pilaf Recipe {LOW CALORIE}

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Making homemade rice pilaf is easy, and it makes a great side dish. We were able to cut calories without changing the flavor, consistency, or serving size of this easy rice pilaf recipe.
Instead of browning the orzo and cooking the onion and garlic in lots of butter, we use olive oil spray. Saving 100's of calories and lots of fat.
But we still add a bit of butter at the end so you get all the buttery flavor you love, but for 1/2 the calories. You can have 1/2 cup of this low calorie rice pilaf, for just 142 calories!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Resting time: 5 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine greek, Indian, Turkish
Servings 6 servings
Calories 142 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Heat a lidded skillet with over medium-low heat.
  • Spray skillet with olive oil, and add in the orzo pasta. Cook, mixing often until golden brown (about 5 minutes).
  • Add in the onion and cook until soft (about 5 minutes), then add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Mix in the rice, chicken broth and salt and increase heat to high and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender, and the liquid has been absorbed, (about 20 minutes).
  • Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Then add the butter and fluff with a fork.

Nutrition

Calories: 142kcalCarbohydrates: 26.8gProtein: 4.8gFat: 0.6gSaturated Fat: 0.7gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 457mgPotassium: 108mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 1.1gCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
Keyword fried rice, Side Dish
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Up next, nutrition and calories in rice pilaf recipes…

Nutrition and Calories in Rice Pilaf Recipes

Most rice pilaf recipes are packed full of butter… But not ours!

We cut out almost all the butter and instead cooked the orzo and veggies in Olive Oil Spray. Then we added a tiny bit of butter at the end to add the flavor that you crave in rice pilaf recipes.

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