Brown Rice Pilaf with Sage, Walnuts, and Dried Fruit


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium stalk celery, ends trimmed and chopped
  • 2 cups uncooked brown rice
  • 2 12 cups water
  • 2 cups fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 14 cup dark raisins
  • 14 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 14 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh sage


  1. Spray large skillet with canola oil cooking spray. Heat skillet over medium heat.
  2. Saute onion and celery until tender, about 5 minutes. Add brown rice and saute for 5 minutes.
  3. Add water, broth, raisins, and apricots; heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 50 minutes.
  4. Stir in walnuts, if desired, dried sage, salt, and pepper. Transfer to serving dish. Garnish with fresh sage and serve immediately.