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Coco Rice With Green Onions*

(Preparation 15 minutes, cooking time 25 minutes)

2 tsp canola or olive oil
1 cup chopped yellow onion
1 cup basmati rice
1/4 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 cup flaked unsweetened coconut (see note)
1 1/2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup chopped green onions

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; saute 2 minutes or until tender, stirring constantly.

Add rice and turmeric; saute until rice becomes yellow. Stir in unsweetened coconut.

Add broth and 1/2 cup water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and season with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer 20 minutes or until tender.

Turn off heat, uncover, and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Stir in green onions and serve.
Makes 4 servings (servings size 1/2 cup).

Note: Dried, flaked unsweetened coconut is found in most Asian stores and natural-food markets.

Nutrition information per serving: 268 cal., 7 g fat (3 g saturated), 0 mg chol., 7 g pro., 48 g carbo., 2 g fiber, 104 mg sodium.

Marci