Making the main dish the center of attention for your meal makes sense, but sometimes you have to make your side dish just as delicious!
For years, I have made my rice and pasta sides from bag or box mixes. I still make some meals with the bag or box mixes, but I definitely prefer making from scratch. The flavor just seems more savory, and pastas from scratch just taste better with milk and fresh cheese instead of the powdered stuff.
I have a recipe below for rice pilaf made partially in a saucepan then transferred to a rice cooker. I haven’t made the recipe completely in the rice cooker because the onion should be cooked in the saucepan prior to being cooked with the rice. You can also make this in your Instant Pot, just set the pot on the sauté mode to cook the onion and garlic then switch it to the rice mode when you cook the rest of it up. I made this recipe and paired it with air fried Mahi Mahi we made and it was a perfect match!