Rice Pilaf

This rice pilaf recipe is super quick and easy. It whips up in 10 minutes on a busy weeknight, which I love, AND it’s packed with flavor.

My mom used to make a similar recipe when we were kids and I adapted it to include mushrooms. I know that not everybody loves mushrooms, but you could swap them for carrots if you wanted to. Her original recipe also included 1 Tbsp. of parsley, but I never have that, so I never use it.

Meal prep tips

If you want to prep ahead for this recipe, you can chop all of the veggies a day or two before you need to make this. Using instant Minute Rice is really what brings the cooking time down to next to nothing, so if you’re going to use regular rice, remember to adjust the liquid and cooking time according to the type of rice you buy.

Rice pilaf pairs well with…

I usually make this as a side dish with chicken or pork. The rosemary garlic marinade and the lemon herb marinade are our go-tos when pairing chicken or pork with this rice.

Kid-friendly?

I want to say that this recipe is kid-friendly, but only two of my four kids like it. If your kids aren’t fans of cooked vegetables, foods that are mixed together, or “green things” (thyme) in their food, this recipe might not be for them. But here’s the good news: My new e-book Feeding Picky Eaters is now on the Shop page. It has over 20 strategies to help you engage your picky eaters at mealtime, as well as printable templates and actionable steps that you can implement immediately.

Enjoy this one and tag me on Instagram @toobusylivin204 if you make it!

Rice Pilaf

Course rice, Side Dish
Keyword celery, mushrooms, pilaf, rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup diced mushrooms
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 cups chicken broth (I use vegetable broth + 2 tsp. chicken bouillon concentrate)
  • 2 cups Minute Rice If not using instant rice, cook time will be longer.

Instructions

  1. Melt butter and sauté mushrooms, celery, shallot and garlic until softened.

  2. Add thyme, then chicken broth.

  3. Bring to a boil. Add rice, stir and remove from heat.

  4. Let stand for 10 minutes.

Recipe Notes

If using regular rice (not instant), add it to the pan before the broth and stir it into the vegetables before adding the broth. 

You may have to adjust the amount of broth you need, based on the ratio of water you need for the type of rice you choose to use. 

Perogy & Farmer Sausage Sheet Pan w/ Mushrooms

I’m always looking for low-maintenance weeknight meals, so that I can get them in the oven, and tend to other tasks, like prepping for the next day’s meal, making lunches, emptying the dishwasher or sitting down for a break at the end of a long day. This perogy sheet pan does just that.

Use ingredients from your freezer

This is a great back-up plan if your intended meal doesn’t come to fruition. Frozen perogies, smoked sausage and vegetables (fresh or frozen) are all tossed on one tray so that you can pop it in the oven and do something else while you wait for it to be ready. You can also try to find local perogies (especially here in Winnipeg) like these ones from Sevalas, which we love.

Choose your veggies

I used mushrooms when I made this, because that’s what I had, but you could use any combination of vegetables that you like or have on hand. Onions, peppers, cauliflower and brussels sprouts will all work well in this dish.

Butter is better

I usually use oil for most sheet pan recipes but for this one, you really have to go with butter. It adds so much flavor to the perogies and the mushrooms. You’re going to want to drizzle some butter over it once it’s cooked too.

One sheet pan or two?

Typically, I like to use two pans when making sheet pan meals so that the veggies can crisp up. If the ingredients are too crowded on one pan, they will steam and be soft. For this recipe, I like to stick to one pan, because the perogies tend to dry out. Make sure the perogies are the bottom layer, so they can soak up the moisture from the veggies and the sausage.

Feeling adventurous?

You can take this to the next level and add some fun condiments to this like Three Herb Pesto or Big Batch Freezer Friendly Chimichurri. This Everything Spice, would also add interesting texture and flavor to this dish. Make a side salad with this Poppy Seed Vinaigrette to complete this meal.

Perogy & Farmer Sausage Sheet Pan w/Mushrooms

A quick and easy weeknight meal using ingredients from your freezer.

Course Main Course
Keyword dill, farmer sausage, mushrooms, perogies, sheet pan, sheet pan dinner, sheet pan meal
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Author SL

Ingredients

  • 1 bag frozen perogies
  • 530 g farmer sausage (two links)
  • 2 cups sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp dill weed
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven at 425 F.

  2. Combine perogies & mushrooms in a large bowl.

  3. Melt butter and pour over perogies and mushrooms. Toss to coat.

  4. Sprinkle with dill, garlic powder, salt & pepper.

  5. Cover a sheet pan with parchment paper.

  6. Spread perogies and mushrooms evenly on the pan. Top with sliced farmer sausage.

  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

  8. Toss with another 1/4 cup melted butter before serving if desired.

Recipe Notes

Any vegetable can be used here. Some good options are: onions, bell peppers, cauliflower (fresh or frozen), broccoli, brussels sprouts. 

*If using brussels sprouts, cook them on a separate pan so they crisp up nicely. 

Back-to-school meal planning tips

Can I tell you secret? I don’t usually meal plan in the summer. We really like to relax and just go with the flow in the summer, so getting back into a routine for back-to-school is an adjustment, for sure. If you’ve been following on my Instagram stories, I’ve been posting some of my favorite meal planning and prepping tips pretty regularly. Those tips will certainly help you get through the first few weeks back-to-school, as kids and adults adjust to a new routine, but this post will help with a few major school-related obstacles:

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