Mushroom Rice Pilaf; change

I buy mushrooms in 8oz (250gr) boxes. That usually is enough for 2 or 3 recipes, depending on whether someone sneaks a few for a breakfast omelet.

One can only be so stringent in monitoring the the kitchen.

I am of the opinion that many things can be improved by the addition of a few sautéed mushrooms.

Rice is one.

If you are looking for an easy side dish that is just a bit more festive try this…..

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Mushroom Rice Pilaf

This is an easy side dish for fall – and the holidays. Sautéing the rice in a bit of butter adds a certain depth of flavor.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Sides


  • 1/2 cup (3.3oz, 95gr) Basmati rice
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) chicken broth
  • 3oz (90gr) mushrooms, trimmed, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tsp soy sauce


  • Heat 2 tsp butter in a small saucepan.
  • Add rice and sauté, stirring for 1 – 2 minutes.
  • Add broth, cover and cook rice for length of time on package.
  • While rice cooks:
  • Heat olive oil in a small skillet.  
  • Add onion and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic, mushrooms and sauté until everything is light brown, about 5 minutes longer.
  • When rice is done add to skillet along with soy sauce.
  • Stir well to combine. Serve.


This is an easy recipe to double or triple.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 296
  • Sugar: 2.9 g
  • Sodium: 468.5 mg
  • Fat: 11.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.5 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 42.7 g
  • Fiber: 1.7 g
  • Protein: 5.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 12.7 mg

Keywords: basmati rice, rice pilaf, mushrooms

You could also try a Butternut Squash & Rice Gratin

Rice & Mushroom Pilaf

We went to the Salon au Chocolat this weekend.

It’s the first time since before the pandemic.

It’s held in the Expo Center which became the Vaccination Center during the first 18 months of the pandemic.

This is the first Salon since the before times.

It’s changed – like so many other things.

In the past there had been 6 rows of vendor stalls packed together going almost the length of the building.

This year there were 4 rows with space between the stalls lengthwise as well. The rows were shorter. I would guess that there were only 30 – 35 % of the usual vendors there. Some of my favorite regulars did not have stalls.

The most bizarre aspect of it was one entire row on the far side was turned over to weddings – not the ceremony, but the stuff. There was a bridal salon, a tuxedo rental booth, flowers, catering companies….

My guess is the sponsors were looking to fill space – but wedding dresses? At a chocolate fair?

Other missing things – no chocolate sculpting exhibitions, no candy / chocolate making area for the kids, no café….

It was kind of sad.

Maybe it will come back in future years or maybe not.

I’m realizing that the pandemic made some long-term changes to our lives that we are only now just realizing…. In addition to the tragedy of the illness itself.

I managed to get some good chocolate and my usual box of macarons.

2 thoughts on “Mushroom Rice Pilaf; change”

  1. I think it depends on where you live here, but where I’m at, we’re pretty much back to normal. Even the salad bars are open and stocked again. We as an area, have moved on I guess.

    I’m with you on the mushrooms. It’s too bad someone can’t figure out how to make a dessert with them. At least, I’ve not come across one. Maybe you have. I could eat them every day.

    Those macarons look good. I still haven’t tried the recipe I have. One of these days, I’ll get brave enough to.

    • I’m not going to make macarons. They are sold everywhere (some being much better than others). One of my French friends, who is a talented baker, brought me some a few years ago – made with nettles and lime juice. They were a beautiful green and delicious, but the thought of making them…..


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