This recipe is my version of box mix by Zatarains called Caribbean Rice. It used to be my go to side dish if I didn’t have time to whip up a unique side dish of my own.  Sadly all the stores in Utah that used to have it quit carrying it some time ago.  I decided that my favorite aspect about the dish was the creative blend of tropical flavors with a bit of a kick so I set off to recreate it myself.  This recipe is what I came up with,  I enjoy it quite sweet but you can always cut back the sugar to your liking.  I also don’t enjoy hovering around the stove when it comes to rice dishes so I made the recipe for a rice cooker. So you can put in all the ingredients in the rice cooker at once and forget about it until dinner time. You can also make it the old fashioned way too…its up to you.  I served it at a dinner party a few nights ago and it was a big hit so I hope you enjoy it!

Serve this amazing rice with the Pineapple Grilled Chicken & the Vegetable Kabobs for an amazing summer night meal!

 

Pineapple Rice Pilaf
Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp butter
  2. 2 cups long grain white rice (I run water over rice in a strainer prior to cooking it to prevent sticking and to wash off extra starch)
  3. 4 cups water
  4. 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
  5. 1/2 cup finely chopped bell peppers, I use a mixture of red and green
  6. 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
  7. 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  8. 2 tbsp sugar
  9. 1 tbsp chopped green onion, more if you want to use it as a garnish also
  10. 1 tsp chicken bouillon
  11. 1 tsp salt
  12. 1 tsp garlic powder
  13. 1/2 tsp turmeric
  14. 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  15. 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  16. 1/4 tsp black pepper
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Instructions
  1. Place butter at the bottom of a rice cooker add all of the remaining ingredients and stir until combined. Turn on rice cooker an Viola! That's it! It will take approx 30 minutes to cook depending on your rice cooker.
  2. If you do not have a rice cooker just bring the water, butter and chicken boullion to a boil add rice and bring back to a boil. Turn heat to low, cover and simmer 20 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for another 20-30 minutes or until water is absorbed and rice is tender.
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