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Leeks with rice

Leeks with rice
Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Leeks are related to garlic and onions, but they have a milder flavor. When combined with basmati rice, they make an interesting, versatile side dish for seafood, veal or chicken. You could saute the leeks in a lot of oil, ... Read more

Active work time: 15 minutes | Total preparation time: 30 minutes | Serves 6
  • 6 leeks
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh dill
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup basmati rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

Step 1Cut the leeks in half lengthwise and rinse out any dirt under cold running water. Pat them dry and drain on paper towels. Slice the leeks crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Set aside.

Step 2Spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Heat the skillet over medium heat, then add the oil. When hot, add the onions and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the sliced leeks and cook, covered, stirring occasionally until tender, about 10 minutes.

Step 3Remove the stems from the dill and discard. Chop the dill, then stir it into the leeks during the last 5 minutes of cooking.

Step 4Add the chicken broth, rice, salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and cook until the rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice.

Each serving:
90 calories; 416 mg sodium; 0 cholesterol; 3 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 13 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams protein; 1.66 grams fiber.
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