Holiday Cranberry Peanut Rice

Yields 4 servings.

Ingredients

1 cup water
1 cup cranberry juice
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt to taste
1 cup jasmine rice
1/2 cup chopped roasted peanuts
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
3 green onions, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
white pepper to taste
1 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
Directions
In a 2-quart saucepan, bring the water, cranberry juice, orange zest, olive oil and salt to a boil. Stir in the rice. Cover the sauce pan and simmer tthe rice 25-30 minutes or until the rice is cooked and the liquid has totally evaporated.

Empty the rice into a large serving bowl and add the peanuts, peppers, and onion. Just before serving, season the rice with salt and pepper and add the dried cranberries, gently folding them in to prevent the rice from becoming sticky.

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