On the Go? Re-Think Rice

In a world where instant gratification is sought after and expected in many cases; companies are quickly changing their methods in order to keep up with this attitude.  Back to school, or in our case, first time school experience, we are preparing ourselves on the new changes to our schedules such as school drop off, school pick-up, full time jobs and the inevitable food prep for the week. Now, food prep will include snacks that takes into consideration the restrictions the school board has outlined due to food allergies

However as much as I’d love to say that we always prepare our food ahead of time, this isn’t always the case. This is why Minute Rice® Ready to Serve Cups are kept in our pantry for those on-the-go days.  Rice is a staple in our house. It even trumps potatoes and noodles. These pre-portioned single serving mini-bowls of rice take only one minute in the microwave to cook perfectly every time.

I’ve started trying some new recipes in order to prepare myself for what’s to come. Rice is no longer a simple side dish on our plate, it’s embedded into the meal. Here are a couple of my favourites that are quick, convenient, great-tasting and super simple to prepare as a result, instant gratification.

Minute Rice® Chicken Vegetable Rice Crunch

Minute Rice® Chicken Vegetable Rice CrunchPrep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Servings: 4

Ingredients:
1 Minute Rice® Ready to Serve Cup – Vegetable Medley
Quantities of your choice of:
Cooked shredded chicken
Ranch dressing
Chopped nuts
Sliced celery
Sliced radish
Shredded lettuce
Pita bread

Instructions:

  1. Heat Minute Rice®® Ready to Serve Cup – Vegetable Medley in microwave, per package instructions.
  2. Transfer to bowl, and add cooked shredded chicken and ranch dressing.
  3. Stir in chopped nuts, sliced celery, sliced radish and shredded lettuce.
  4. Stuff into pita halves

One-Pan Taco Dinner

Minute Rice Non Taco SaladPrep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients:

4 x 1 Minute Rice® Ready to Serve Cup – Whole Grain Brown Rice
1lb (500 g) lean ground beef
1 pkg (35 g) taco seasoning mix
2 cups (500 ml) water
1 cup (250 ml) mild salsa
1 cup (250 ml) shredded Cheddar cheese
2 cups (500 ml) shredded lettuce
1  large tomato, chopped
additional mild salsa (optional)
sour cream (optional)

Instructions:

1.         Spray a large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray; set over medium-high heat. Crumble in ground beef; cook until browned. Drain off excess fat.
2.        Add taco seasoning mix and water; stir. Bring to a boil.
3.        Stir in rice. Spread salsa evenly over the rice and sprinkle with cheese.
3.         Cover and reduce heat to low; simmer for 5 minutes. Uncover and top with lettuce and tomato just before serving. Serve with additional salsa and sour cream (if using).

Tips:

  • No need for utensils; serve with tortilla chips instead of forks.
  • Try using 3 tbsp (45 ml) Tex Mex Seasoning blend instead of the taco seasoning.

Minute Rice® Ready to Serve Cups are available at major retailers nationally. There are a variety of flavours to choose, such as Basmati and Whole Grain, contain plain rice and can be enjoyed on their own or as a base for a meal, while others, such as Oriental Style, contain additional ingredients like peas, sweet red pepper, mushrooms and onions in a light soy-flavoured base. Vegetable Medley, a favourite among kids, blends peas, carrots and corn with long grain rice.

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Comments

  1. Autumn says:

    Hmmmm so many delicious recipes….but it is almost fall…..sooooooo I think maybe the Pumpkin Rice Pilaf :-)
    http://www.minuterice.ca/en_CA/recipe/vegetables/pumpkin-rice-pilaf/

  2. Angela Mitchell says:

    I’d love to try the Curried Chicken with Sweet Potatoes. So many great looking recipes.

  3. Jonnie says:

    I really want to try the 30 Minute Almond Chicken recipe

  4. ivy pluchinsky says:

    would love to try the Curried Chicken with Sweet Potatoes.

  5. angela m says:

    I would love to try the Quick Butter Chicken with Rice

  6. angela m says:

    subscribed

  7. Karla Sceviour says:

    I would like to try the Cheesy Chicken, Veggie and Rice Casserole

  8. Belinda McNabb says:

    I would like to try the Chicken and Spinach Risotto recipe

  9. heidi c. says:

    Cheesy Chicken, Veggie and Rice Casserole sounds delicious!

  10. I’d like to make Mexican Burrito Skillet

  11. gene d says:

    the 30 min almond chicken looks like a good one

  12. vicki demunck says:

    love almond chicken.

  13. Lori Jackson says:

    I subscribed :)

  14. Lori Jackson says:

    This rice looks amazing! Looks like something I would cook a few nights a week.

  15. Lisa Neutel says:

    mmm love to try the Quick Butter Chicken with Rice

  16. Glogirl says:

    I would like to try the Cheesy Rice-Stuffed Chicken Breasts.

  17. Josh S says:

    I would like to try the 30 min almond chicken.

  18. Anne Taylor says:

    My family would love the 30 Minute Almond Chicken

  19. Holly MacRitchie says:

    I would love to try the Pina Colada Shrimp and Rice

  20. Holly MacRitchie says:

    I subscribed wrightholl@hotmail.com

  21. andrea amy says:

    With fall coming, I think I would make Chunky Chicken Vegetable Soup :)

  22. Maria says:

    I would love to try the Quick Butter Chicken with Rice

  23. nicolthepickle says:

    I’d like to try the Greek style Lemon Chicken Minute Rice recipe.

  24. maria says:

    I would like to try the Mexican burritto skillet.

  25. Florence C says:

    I am going to try the Cheesy Chicken, Veggie and Rice Casserole

  26. Rebby says:

    I’d love the Herbed Tomato and chicken rice!

  27. Rebby says:

    I subscribed!

  28. Amy Heffernan says:

    Thanks. I subscribed. I would love to try the Curried Chicken with Sweet Potatoes!!

  29. Bailey Dexter says:

    I have used the site before for the recipes, they always work out great. This time I will be trying the Southwestern Chicken Skillet!

  30. Courtney says:

    I’d try the cheesy chicken and vegetable casserole!

  31. Courtney says:

    I subscribed

  32. JaimeeM says:

    id like to try the 30 minute almond chicken

  33. Tammy Dalley says:

    I would love to try the Chicken and Spinach Risotto

  34. Theresa Black says:

    I would love to try the 30 Minute Almond Chicken recipe

  35. michelle tremblett says:

    I would love to try the Cheesy Chicken, Veggie and Rice Casserole. Sounds delicious

  36. Caroline says:

    The Quick Butter Chicken with rice sounds delicious.

  37. Joanne Pike says:

    I’m definitely going to try the taco dish! Great idea

  38. MrsWhite says:

    I’d like to try the Spanish Chicken and Rice! :)

  39. Jasen H says:

    I would like to try the Mock Apple Pie recipe

  40. Krista M says:

    Cheesy Chicken, Veggie & Rice Casserole looks creamy & delicious!

  41. Lushka Smith says:

    I would like to try out the Mexican Burrito Skillet

  42. Jenn says:

    I’d love to try the Southwestern Chicken Skillet recipe.

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