Low Fat Thanksgiving Recipe – Brown Rice with Apricots and Almonds

Here’s a healthy recipe you might consider in place of traditional Thanksgiving stuffing.

Brown Rice with Apricots and Almonds
Make your stuffing with wholegrain rice instead of bread and you’ll trim 61 calories and 7 grams of fat. Not only will these grains help keep you full, but they’ve also been shown to blast ab fat.

Ingredients
1 3/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 3/4 cups medium-grain brown rice
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 cup finely chopped Vidalia onion
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
2 tsp. lemon zest
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup slivered almonds

Preparation and Cooking
Combine chicken broth and 1 3/4 cups water in saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add rice. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 40 minutes. Prepare onions, 10 minutes before rice is finished, heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium-low heat. Add onion and saute until just soft, about 5 minutes. Add apricots, lemon zest, 2 tablespoons water, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Stir well and remove from heat. Once rice is cooked, remove from heat. Let stand covered 5 minutes. Uncover and toss with onion mixture, parsley, and almonds. Serve.

Nutritional Information
Makes 8 servings. Per 1/2-cup serving: 204 cal, 4 g fat (1 g sat), 37 g carbs, 203 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein