Vegetarian Rice A Roni

I have been writing and testing quick and easy side dishes for my website and my YouTube channel. Quick and easy means these recipes have a small list of ingredients and they take less than 20 minutes to cook.

We like to host dinner parties at our place often, where we serve a 4-5 course meal. When you are making so many dishes, it helps when some of the dishes take less time and effort.

Today I am sharing my simple Rice a Roni dish using a store-bought mix.

I don’t use the seasoning from the box since I want to keep the recipe vegetarian. I also like to add my own flavoring, depending on what my protein and the theme of the meal is.

What makes this recipe delicious is the addition of a couple tablespoons of roasted garlic base and green onions. I like to use the Better Than Bouillon brand in my dishes.

I served this as a side for my roast chicken dinner a few nights ago, and it was delicious. I hope you try it and let me know your opinion!

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup green onion, sliced
  • 2 (6.9 oz.) box Rice A Roni chicken flavor, discard seasoning packet
  • 1 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 2 tbsp. better than bouillon roasted garlic base
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 5 cups water
  • More green onions to garnish
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Instructions

In a large heavy bottom saucepan, melt butter over medium-heat. Then add the green onions, sauté for 40-60 seconds.

Add the rice a roni, then stir, and cook for a minutes, discard the seasoning packets. Add turmeric and sauté until vermicelli is golden brown, stirring frequently.

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Add water, roasted garlic base, and black pepper.

Stir everything very well. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Then simmer for 15-20 minutes or until rice is tender. Once the rice is cooked, turn the heat off and rest the rice for 10 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork, then transfer the rice to a serving bowl. Garnish with more chopped green onions.

This goes very well with roast chicken, pork, or grilled shrimp.

Serves 6-8

Did you make this dish? I’d love to know how it turns out! Feel free to like this post and comment or use the hashtag #globaldinein on Instagram. If you would like to be notified of upcoming posts, please consider subscribing to my blog!

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