This side dish gets a boost of flavor and color from a lovely spice derived from a flower. Try saffron pilaf with grilled vegetables as a side dish at your next holiday meal (or weeknight dinner) to wow those gathered at your table!
The crocus flower is responsible for producing saffron -- the colorful spice in this terrific side dish. Although it's an expensive spice, a little goes a long way and makes your meals worth the price. Approximately 75,000 flowers are needed to produce one pound of the saffron filaments (the dried stigmas from inside the flower) to make this spice -- talk about flower power!
We all know vegetables are good for us, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), teenagers don't eat enough fruits and vegetables. The CDC notes that "fruits and vegetables can reduce chronic diseases and some cancers and help teens manage their weight." Vegetarian dishes that taste great (like this one) can help encourage your teens (and adults, too) to eat more veggies.
Try going meat-free at meals at least one day a week, as encouraged by the Meatless Monday organization. You'll be pleased with the new flavors and options you'll discover -- not to mention the health benefits offered by a plant-based diet!
Saffron pilaf with grilled vegetables recipe
Serves 4 people
This is a dish everyone will enjoy. With its golden hue and savory flavor, it's a great way to encourage people to eat more veggies!
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