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Sausage & Apricot Balsamic Rice

  • 1 (12-ounce) package sage-flavored pork sausage
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 6 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cups cooked long grain rice
  • ¾ cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped roasted, salted cashew nuts
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper

Crumble sausage into a large non-stick skillet. Stirring periodically, cook over medium heat until browned, about 10 to 15 minutes. Drain grease from pan. Add maple syrup and vinegar; stir and cook 2 to 3 minutes to blend. Add rice, apricots, cashews, salt and pepper; stir over medium heat until blended. Serve warm.

Makes: 8 servings

Each serving provides 426 calories, 10 grams protein, 25 grams fat, 41 grams carbohydrate, 2 grams dietary fiber and 630 milligrams sodium.

Recipe provided by USDA MyPlate Kids Partner Group member: USA Rice