Basmati Rice with Fall Vegetables

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: acorn squash, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, pilaf, rice
Dietary Restrictions: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 117kcal
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  • 1 small acorn squash peeled (optional), cut into 1/2" dice (about 3 cups worth)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 2 large shallots peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound brussels sprouts ends trimmed,1 quartered or sliced thin
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins (can substitute dark raisins, dried cranberries or diced apricots)
  • 1 cup basmati rice


  • Preheat the oven to 400°.
  • Spread the diced squash onto a half sheet pan and drizzle with 2 teaspoons olive oil. Sprinkle with half of the chopped rosemary, kosher salt and pepper and toss to coat. Spread the squash into a single layer and roast for 10 minutes.
  • While the squash is roasting, cook the basmati rice according to package directions or by using the method detailed in the post above. When the rice is cooked, add the raisins and place the lid securely on the pan. This will continue to steam the rice and will plump the raisins.
  • Use a metal spatula to flip the squash after 10 minutes of roasting. Add the sliced shallots and brussels sprouts to the same sheet pan and drizzle with remaining olive oil. Sprinkle remaining rosemary, salt and pepper and toss to coat. Place the sheet pan back in the oven and cook for an additional 20 minutes, stirring once to prevent sticking and caramelize the vegetables.
  • Remove the roasted vegetables from the oven and transfer to the steamed rice blend. Toss the steamed rice and roasted squash and shaved brussels sprouts gently until well combined. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper as needed. Serve warm.


Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 484mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 549IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg