Vermicelli and Rice
3 T. vegan margarine
1 ½ c. broken vermicelli (half inch pieces)
1 ½ C. white rice
2 T. vegetarian “chicken style” seasoning boullion powder
3 c. hot water
3 T. minced parsley (optional)
Heat a heavy skillet and melt the margarine in it. When the fat is bubbling, add the vermicelli and stir fry the pieces until nicely browned. Add the rice and stir until the rice becomes glassy and toasted. Add bouillion powder, mix well into the rice-pasta mixture, then add the hot water and bring everything to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the rice is tender but firm, about 20-25 minutes.
Sprinkle with fresh parsley if desired and serve.
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