Healthy Recipes: Curried Brown Rice, Sweet Potato and Apple Pilaf


Whole grains are an important part of a cancer-protective diet. Packed with fiber, phytochemicals and other nutrients, brown rice makes the perfect base for this veggie pilaf. Apple and sweet potato add vibrant color and a tangy sweetness while kale and curry spices give a savory kick to this nutrition-packed pilaf. Experiment with quinoa or bulgur in place of the brown rice for different flavor and texture.

Photo credit: New American Plate Cookbook


  • 1 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup quick-cooking brown rice
  • 1 Tbsp. curry powder
  • 1 medium orange-flesh sweet potato, peeled and coarsely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh kale, loosely packed
  • 2 cups fat-free, reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 3 small tart apples (such as Granny Smith), cored and coarsely chopped (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup currants or raisins
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Makes 10 servings.

Per Serving: 99 calories, 2 g fat (<1 g. saturated fat), 129 g carbohydrate, 2 g protein, 2 g dietary fiber, 96 mg sodium.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes


  1. In a large skillet, heat the canola oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté for about 5 minutes, until golden. Add the brown rice and curry powder and sauté for 3 minutes. Stir in the sweet potato and kale and sauté for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the broth and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, until the rice and sweet potato are nearly tender and the liquid is almost all absorbed. If the mixture becomes too dry, additional broth can be added.
  3. Stir in the apples and currants, Simmer about 5 minutes stirring frequently, until the apples are tender and all of the liquid is absorbed. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

From The New American Plate Cookbook: Recipes for a Healthy Weight and a Healthy Life

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