This rice does require a bit more time, but is worth all the effort. It is pretty and delicious.

Friendly Rice
2 cup Basmati rice
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, peeled and cut in to small pieces 
1/2 cup craisins (dried cranberries)
1/4 cup slivered almonds (optional)

Cook rice according to package
Saute veggies in a separate pan
When done, add veggies to cooked rice. 
Throw in the craisins. 

NOTE: rice can be baked in as oven, instead of stove top.