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Prepare for fall with rice bowl
Add sweet potato, garlic and onion to the mix
Published Monday, September 4, 2017 3:11 pm
by Ashley Mahoney

Fall rice bowl includes tomato, onion and sweet potato.

So long summer. Hello fall.

When my mom, Mary, died last month, I told my editor not to expect a lot of Table Charlotte recipes from me — I wasn’t sure how much I would be cooking during the next month or so. Then it hit me. Just because September looks like a sea of funerals—one is not enough—that doesn’t mean avoiding a space my mom loved so much would make it any easier. This recipe reminds me of her, and it sounds like something that would be waiting on the stove after I got home from soccer practice. So if there’s a kitchen in heaven, I hope she gets to try it, and I hope you do, too.


3 tablespoons butter

2 cups water

1 box rice orzo pilaf mix

1 cup cherry tomatoes

1/2 cup onion

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 sweet potato

1 can garbanzo beans  

Dash salt and pepper



Melt 2 tablespoons of butter on medium heat in a pot

Add rice mix and stir until brown

Add water and seasoning packet

Bring to a bowl

Reduce heat to low

Cover and cook for approximately 20 minutes

In a separate pan, melt butter on medium

Add minced onion and garlic

Stir occasionally until brown

Add halved tomatoes, garbanzo beans and halved sweet potatoes

Add a dash of salt and pepper

Stir occasionally

Cook thoroughly

Once the rice is done, place in desired serving dish and top with contents from the second pan

Serve and enjoy!


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