Simple skillet vegetables and rice, my new favorite comfort food

I love simple. I love flavorful. I love comfort foods. 

And this recipe is all three. 

Over the weekend my mother-in-law was in town. Jason and I were cooking her dinner when I was coming up with a side dish. 

Jason said, why don't you cook this rice and add in the carrots and celery in the fridge... Umm... he's a genius. 

So this is what we did. And this is what you'll need:

1 cup uncooked rice or one box Uncle Ben's Rice Pilaf (we used the rice pilaf)

2 large carrots, cut into bite sized pieces 

4 large pieces of celery, diced

1/2 a large white onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tsp dried dill (see how I dry mine here.)

1 bay leaf

salt and pepper

Cook your rice according to packet directions. In a skillet warm some olive oil and add in your carrots and celery. 

Add in your dill and bay leaf.

Once that has cooked for about five or ten minutes add in your onion and garlic. Cook until the onion is clear.

Mix your cooked rice into the skillet.

Here are some more options:

You can use brown rice cooked in broth.

You could also add in some leftover chicken for a complete meal.

It is so good and budget friendly, I did the math and the entire meal (adding in leftover chicken) cost us around $3.25. 

That is dinner for a family of four for less than $5! 

What is your favorite comfort food?