1-1/2 cups precooked white or brown rice
2 Tbsp. light butter
2 tsp. canola oil
1/4 cup almond slices
1/2 small peeled, cored and chopped red delicious apple*
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup fat free milk*
2 tsp. cinnamon sugar*
Melt 1 Tbsp. light butter in 1 tsp. canola oil in a medium pan. Add almond slices and toast on medium/low heat, while stirring, until a golden brown. Stir in apples and saute, while stirring on medium/low for about 5 mins. Stir in raisins, the remainder of canola oil and butter. Add fat free milk. Turn heat to low and cook, while continually stirring, until liquid is absorbed, but do not scorch or burn milk to the bottom of the pan.
Serve immediately, while still hot and sprinkle the top of each with 1 tsp. cinnamon sugar.
Karen’s Note: This side dish can be served for breakfast or snack too! It is great with fat free milk or ff half & half too! *Another variety is to use chopped onions instead of apples and vegetable broth instead of milk and stir in 1/2 tsp. cumin and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon without sugar for a vegetarian and sugar-free side dish. Serving suggestion: Garnish with the remaining half apple sliced with a wedge of Laughing Cow or Baby Bell light Swiss cheese and 5 whole wheat crackers to round out this meatless side dish.
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