Saturday, July 23, 2011

Uncle Ben's Ready Rice

I love Uncle Ben's Ready Rice...

In 90 seconds you have a flavorful, healthy side dish to accompany any meal.  No prep-work required!

I keep a variety of flavors on hand, so whenever a late night or lack of inspiration strikes, I have at least one thing that's quick and easy to kick start a meal.

I especially like the minimal ingredients and not too shabby stats on the nutritional label.

Each flavor is slightly different nutrition wise, so be sure to read the labels to make sure you are not sabotaging yourself.  Of hand, I can't think of any flavors to avoid due to nutritional concerns.

There are lots of ways to incorporate this healthy, low-cost, must have grain into your meals:

  •  I love the Spanish Style for Taco Night!  I mix one bag with one can of re-fried beans for a super quick, vegan taco filling.
  • Teriyaki Style is for Asian inspired nights, good to add to a stir fry or a side of vegetable pot stickers and broccoli.
  • Cajun Style is perfect mixed with a can of corn, black beans and diced potatoes for homemade Jambalaya!  Mmmmmm, I do miss the kielbasa though.
  • I like the Rice Pilaf to perk up a few sides of veggies.
  • The Whole Grain or Long Grain & Wild Rice help to add a little fiber to a meal - pour a can of split pea soup over rice for a hearty meal in the winter.
  • You can always use the Original to whip up a batch of Rice Milk.

The one thing I don't like is cooking in plastic and I try to minimize my use of the microwave - so lately I have been warming the rice up on the stove for a few minutes and that works just as well.

And don't forget to check the Uncle Ben's website for coupons!

What's for dinner!
The Hoff

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