Delicious Mediterranean Inspired Saffron Rice Recipe
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Mediterranean Inspired Saffron Rice Recipe


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Mediterranean Inspired Saffron Rice Recipe

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With the changing seasons, we are wanting more and more fresh vegetables in our meals. We head to the farmers market a few times per week to see what they have to offer, and we are always looking for great fresh ingredients. With three kids however, we are also always looking for recipes that are easy to make. We feature ingredients like saffron, mushrooms, capers, and herbs in this recipe, but we made it with Minute Rice to save a little time. Now to be honest, I wasn't sure how the kids would do with some of the ingredients in this, and I expected to have leftovers. But this Mediterranean inspired saffron rice recipe was sooooo good that there wasn't a single grain of rice or veggies left. Win for me!!

So check out the recipe and let us know what you think in the comments. This really was a winner in our home, and it is my hope that it will be in yours as well. Enjoy!

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Mediterranean Inspired Saffron Rice Recipe


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced medium
  • 2 carrots, diced medium
  • 2 celery stalks, diced medium
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced medium
  • 8oz Cremini mushrooms, quartered
  • 1/4 cup sliced garlic
  • 1/3 cup green olives, halved
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes, drained
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 3 cups Minute Rice
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
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  1. In a large pot over a medium flame, heat the olive oil.  Add the onions, carrots, celery, peppers, and garlic.  Sweat for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add the mushrooms, capers, and olives.  Cover the pot and cook for 5-7 minutes.  You want the mushrooms to release their liquid and for the vegetables to become soft.
  3. Add the parsley, thyme, and saffron.  Saute for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the chicken stock and tomatoes.  Increase heat, cover, and bring to a boil.
  5. Once everything is boiling,  remove the pot from the heat and add the Minute Rice.  Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.
  6. Using a wooden spoon, fold in the butter and cheese.   Adjust the flavor with salt and pepper.
  7. Garnish with chopped parsley and grated Parmesan.
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Thanks for trying our Mediterranean inspired saffron rice recipe. We hope you enjoyed it. Let us know in the comments below.


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  1. Robin Masshole mommy

    That sounds absolutely delicious. I cannot wait to make this from my family.

  2. That looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing this great recipe. I always use minute rice. It’s the only rice I can make successfully!

  3. All of those veggies and spice flavors mixed together sounds awesome. My rice sounds so boring now! I need to make this.

  4. Catherine S

    This looks really great. I will have to make this for my son. He loves to try new rice dishes.

  5. Minute rice is FAB. I love it to help put dinner on the table for my family during a weeknight, or something easy for hubs to do when he’s got both kids and a workload whlie I’m doing a show.

  6. Pam

    This sounds really tasty! I love cooking using minute rice.

  7. Yum! This looks so good. I can only Imagine how good it smells and tastes. I am going to be on the hunt for this, it looks tasty!

  8. Looks so colorful and yummy. I haven’t cooked with Saffron before.

  9. This looks absolutely delicious. I think I have most of these ingredients, I’ll have to make this soon.

  10. I recently picked up some saffron. I am unsure what I will do with it. But this recipe was very inspiring.

  11. This looks like such an amazing dish. Rice is one of my favorite things to work with. I will have to try this on the weekend.

  12. This looks amazing! I love the smell of saffron!

  13. Sarah Oswald

    I love the Ready to serve Minute rice the best but I have tried alot of the others and I love them too. I have not tried the saffron or the jasmine rice but I would love to sometime try them in the near future.

  14. Wow My mouth is watering! That looks really great

  15. Jeff

    I like to just use the simple white rice. Makes it so easy to prep for dinner

  16. Courtnie Miller

    I love their white rice!

  17. Your recipe sounds and looks amazing! I’m pinning for a dinner idea in the very near future. We prefer Minute Maid regular white rice because it’s so versitle.

  18. This looks so yummy! My family would love it! Pinning it for later!

  19. I am a sucker for any rice dish. I love the combo of flavors, including different cultures!

  20. this looks delicious! I always forget about adding other ingredients to rice to make it even more delicious

  21. Mai T.

    This dish is making me drool like crazy! So delicious-looking.

  22. Linda Manns Linneman

    This sounds very good. My family really enjoys rice dishes. Thank you for sharing

  23. Alina

    This is a gorgeous dish. Love the recipe. Sounds super delicious.

  24. Elisabeth

    Yummy! My husband discovered capers for the first time on vacation and since then I’ve been trying to figure out how to cook with them! I’ll have to give this a go!

  25. Starla B

    That looks absolutely delicious. I swear by minute rice- it’s always perfect. I love that you jazzed this up!

  26. courtney b

    this looks really good and healthy. the problem would be getting my kids to eat it !:)

    but it’s worth a shot, if nothing else me and my hubby will eat it !:) he he

  27. john hutchens

    I love minute rice. It really helps to get a meal on the table fast. Your recipe looks delicious.

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