For an out of the ordinary side dish that lightly spiced and sweet, try Curried Pilaf. Photo credit: Amy Johnson from She Wears Many Hats.
Melt butter in medium saucepan on medium heat. Add rice; cook and stir 3 minutes.
Stir in chicken broth and seasonings. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 15 minutes. Stir in carrots and raisins; cover and simmer 5 minutes or until rice is tender.
Remove from heat. Stir in almonds.