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FRESH PEAPOD AND RICE SALAD

1 package (6 oz) long grain & wild rice mix (or your choice of rice)

1 1/2 cups broccoli

1/3 cup sliced red or green onions

1/4 cup bottled clear Italian salad dressing (or your own version)

1 Tbls lemon juice

1/2 tsp lemon pepper

1 to 1 1/2 cups edible peapods (sugar snap peas)

1/3 cup slivered almonds

Prepare rice mixture according to package directions.   Cool slightly.  Steam broccoli until crunchy-tender.  (For a variation, substitute uncooked sweet peppers for the broccoli).  Toss with remaining ingredients and  refrigerate 2-24 hours. 

Four servings.