Try these simple tips to make mealtime easier:

  • Create a weekly menu plan, take it with you to the grocery store, and post it on the refrigerator for the whole family to follow.

  • Do as much advance preparation as possible on the weekends. Wash, peel, chop and store fruits and vegetables or even cook and freeze soups and casseroles.

  • Get the whole family cooking. Assign two nights to each of Mom and Dad and one night to children who are able.

  • Cook once, eat twice. Double up a recipe and freeze half for another meal later in the week.

  • Keep a collection of simple recipes with fewer ingredients. They’re just a nutritious and delicious, but won’t require a special trip to the grocery store because they use items you probably already have on hand.

  • Line your pans with tinfoil when cooking a meal in the oven and you’ll save on clean-up time.

  • Alphabetize your spice rack. Organize your spice jars and you’ll be able to locate the one you’re looking for in seconds!

  • Use time-saving, healthy ingredients like pre-peeled carrots, pre-washed salads, jarred garlic and Minute Rice®.

   
For those who love to cook and want to add more whole grains to their diets, but do not necessarily like to follow recipes, here are some quick, time-saving "stir-in" suggestions for adding flavourful ingredients to cooked Minute Rice® whole grain brown rice.
  • Citrus Rice To hot cooked whole grain brown rice, add grated orange, lemon or lime zest for a fresh lively taste.

  • Coconut Rice When cooking whole grain brown rice, substitute one cup of water with lite coconut milk. After the rice is done, stir in fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro to hot cooked whole grain brown rice.

  • Easy Fried Rice Sauté minced garlic, shredded carrots, frozen green peas and diced cooked chicken or ham in cooking oil. Stir in hot cooked whole grain brown rice.

  • Nutty Rice To hot cooked whole grain brown rice, add peanuts, cashews, pine nuts or sunflower seeds; stir in dried cranberries or cherries for added flavour, texture and colour.

  • Cinnamon Rice Sprinkle cinnamon and brown sugar over hot cooked whole grain brown rice.

  • Slightly Mexican Top hot cooked whole grain brown rice with diced tomatoes, green onions, Monterey Jack cheese and cilantro. Or, instead of diced tomatoes, try adding your favourite salsa.

  • Pesto Rice Stir prepared pesto sauce into hot cooked whole grain brown rice.

  • Portobello Mushroom Rice To hot cooked whole grain brown rice, add sautéed chopped portobello mushrooms and toasted chopped pecans. Top with crumbled feta cheese.

   

With a well-stocked pantry and a few fresh ingredients, great meals can be made in minutes. Here are a variety of quick recipes that get a jump start with Minute Rice® Ready to Serve Cups, a variety of shelf-stable, single serve rice products that cook perfectly in just 60 seconds.

Recipe: To Start: Then Add: Then Stir-In: Other Options:
Margherita Rice Heat Minute Rice Ready to Serve Whole Grain Brown Rice Fresh mozzarella and chopped tomatoes Fresh chopped basil Drizzle with balsamic vinegar
Wild Mushroom Rice In skillet, sauté mushrooms Hot cooked Minute Rice Ready to Serve Whole Grain Brown Rice Chopped pecans Add chopped apple and sautéed chopped onions or celery
Easy Fried Rice Scrambled an egg Hot cooked Minute Rice Ready to Serve Whole Grain Brown Rice Chopped scallions and sea salt Add sliced mushrooms, chopped bell pepper, peas, diced carrots, minced fresh garlic or ginger, sesame oil or soy sauce and fully cooked ham, chicken or shrimp
Cinnamon Rice Cereal Heat Minute Rice Ready to Serve Whole Grain Brown Rice Butter and milk Cinnamon and brown sugar Add fresh berries, sliced peaches or bananas
Peachy Rice Cream Heat Minute Rice Ready to Serve Whole Grain Brown Rice Vanilla ice cream Fresh chopped peaches and a dash of cinnamon Substitute fresh berries, dried cherries or raisins for peaches
South of the Border Brown Rice Heat Minute Rice Ready to Serve Whole Grain Brown Rice Cooked black beans, diced fresh tomatoes and sliced green onions Shredded Monterey Jack cheese Top with fresh cilantro and sour cream
Mock Apple Pie Gently sauté apples in a small amount of butter Hot cooked Minute Rice Ready to Serve Whole Grain Brown Rice Cinnamon and brown sugar Substitute bananas or peaches for apples
Rice with Chorizo and Peas In skillet, brown chorizo; add chopped onion, chopped red bell pepper and minced garlic; cook until soft Hot cooked Minute Rice Ready to Serve Long Grain & Wild Rice – Chicken Flavour Green peas, thawed if frozen Add fully cooked shrimp or diced chicken
Black Beans with Rice In skillet, sauté chopped yellow onions and minced garlic Hot cooked Minute Rice Ready to Serve Long Grain & Wild Rice – Chicken Flavour Black beans and chopped fresh cilantro Add diced fresh tomatoes
Basmati Rice with Raisins and Cashews Heat Minute Rice Ready to Serve Basmati Rice Raisins and chopped cashews Ground cinnamon or cardamom Stir in butter
Herbed Rice Salad Heat cooked Minute Rice Ready to Serve Long Grain & Wild Rice – Fine Herbs Chopped grilled fresh asparagus, diced roasted red pepper and chopped ripe olives Chopped fresh parsley or cilantro, extra virgin olive oil, Sherry vinegar Add green peas, fully cooked shrimp, sausage or diced chicken
Southwest Rice with Black Beans In a skillet sauté onion, bell pepper and garlic Hot cooked Minute Rice Ready to Serve Long Grain & Wild Rice – Chicken Flavour Black beans and diced canned or fresh tomatoes Add fresh corn off-the-cob and chopped fresh cilantro
Fast Shrimp Paella In skillet, sauté minced garlic Hot cooked Minute Rice Ready to Serve Long Grain & Wild Rice – Chicken Flavour Diced canned or fresh tomatoes and chopped fresh parsley Add fully cooked sausage, diced chicken
Creamy Herbed Rice Heat cooked Minute Rice Ready to Serve Long Grain & Wild Rice – Fine Herbs Butter and cream Freshly grated parmesan cheese Add sautéed chopped yellow onions, fresh green peas or diced fresh tomatoes
Chicken and Wild Rice Salad Heat Minute Rice Ready to Serve Long Grain & Wild Rice – Chicken Flavour Diced fully cooked chicken breast, sliced fresh snow peas and sliced red onion Mandarin orange segments and sesame orange salad dressing Serve on a bed of salad greens
Wild Rice Soup Heat cream of mushroom soup Frozen mixed vegetables Hot cooked Minute Rice Ready to Serve Long Grain & Wild Rice – Fine Herbs Diced fully cooked chicken
Wild Rice Scramble Beat eggs with milk Hot cooked Minute Rice Ready to Serve Long Grain & Wild Rice – Fine Herbs Cooked, crumbled bacon and sliced green onions Top with sour cream
Wild Rice Salmon Burgers Mix canned salmon with hot cooked Minute Rice Ready to Serve Long Grain & Wild Rice – Fine Herbs Mayonnaise and fine bread crumbs, to bind Onion powder and garlic powder; form into patties and grill Serve on a toasted bun or a bed of salad greens
Sausage and Wild Rice Skillet Meal In skillet, brown Italian sausage Chopped onion, chopped green bell pepper and diced canned or fresh tomatoes Hot cooked Minute Rice Ready to Serve Long Grain & Wild Rice – Fine Herbs Top with mozzarella cheese
Cranberry Pecan Basmati Rice Heat Minute Rice Ready to Serve Basmati Rice Dried cranberries, toasted pecans and butter Orange zest Substitute dried cherries for cranberries; add sliced green onions

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