Rice Pilaf with Cherries and Walnuts


Serves 4

Time: 20 minutes

Here’s a tasty way to ease sleep problems. Cherries and walnuts both contain melatonin, a powerhouse antioxidant with proven sleep benefits. Pair a small serving (half a cup) with a thin slice of roast turkey breast for a healthy evening snack. Turkey is a good source of tryptophan, another sleep-inducing substance. I’ve found this combination to a winner when it comes to laying the foundation for a good night’s sleep.



  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup dried tart cherries
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme (1 teaspoon if dried)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh marjoram (1 teaspoon if dried)
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 -2 tablespoons olive or grapeseed oil
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice


  1. Combine onion, cherries, walnuts, thyme, marjoram, and pepper with butter in a large skillet.
  2. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, or until onion is tender.
  3. Add rice and mix well. Cook an additional 3 to 4 minutes, and enjoy while warm.

Last Updated: October 8, 2018
Originally Published:
May 28, 2013