Despite my best intentions at meal planning, there are times when something happens and I am unable to make the meal I had on the schedule. Maybe the meat didn’t get thawed, or I get swamped at work, or the kids forgot to tell me that they had an activity that evening. In cases like these, I fall back on the tried and true – a quick and easy dish using Minute Rice.
I always keep a box or two of Minute Rice on hand for busy evenings. Minute Rice helps you get healthy meals on the table quick and is a great foundation for easy casseroles and skillet meals.
White Minute Rice takes just 5 minutes to prepare. If you prefer the nutty flavor of brown rice, like our family does, you can cook a pot of brown Minute Rice in just 10 minutes, which is about 40 minutes faster than it makes to cook regular brown rice. I use it frequently as a base for healthy meals.
If you have a family member with a sensitivity or allergy to gluten, you will be happy to know that both varieties of Minute Rice are gluten-free. Minute Rice offers several different varieties to meet your needs including Minute White Rice, Minute Whole Grain Brown Rice, Minute Steamers, and Minute Ready to Serve Rice. To learn more, visit the Minute Rice products page.
Today I thought I would share one of our favorite busy night dinners that uses Minute Rice. This isn’t really a true recipe per se… but more of a recipe template. I am able to adapt it to whatever I have on hand and put a great meal on the table fast. It’s the perfect solution for hectic weeknights when you have a million places to be but still need to serve your family a healthy and delicious meal.
I frequently make this casserole up in the morning so all I have to do is pop it in the oven before dinner. It also makes a wonderful skillet dish.
Quick and Easy Rice Dish Recipe Template
- 14 oz Box Minute Rice (brown or white)
- 1 bag frozen veggies of choice
- 2 cups protein (cooked beans, diced cooked chicken, cooked cubed beef, etc)
- 1 1/2 cups sauce of choice (cream of whatever soup, salsa, etc)
- 2 cups shredded cheese of choice.
To make as a casserole:
Cook rice according to the box directions. Steam your veggies until just tender. In a 9×13 baking dish greased with butter or cooking spray, spread the rice. Layer with the cooked protein and steamed veggies. Pour sauce over top. (If using canned cream soup, be sure to thin it with some milk so it is pourable.) Pop the dish in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until piping hot. Top with cheese and return to oven for a few minutes to melt.
To make as a skillet:
Cook rice according to the box directions. Steam your veggies until just tender. After rice is cooked, add veggies and protein to the pot of rice. Stir in the sauce. Cook, stirring frequently, until mixture is hot. Top with shredded cheese.
Our favorite way to make this quick and easy rice dish is to use diced chicken from a rotisserie chicken I grabbed at the grocery store. I use whatever frozen veggies I have on hand – usually broccoli or asparagus. Then I top it with cream of chicken soup and shredded cheddar cheese. Yum! My Cheesy Chicken and Asparagus Bake Recipe that I shared earlier is a variation of this and easily adapts to using Minute Rice.
We also sometimes make this with a Mexican flair by using 1 cup cooked pinto beans, 1 cup ground beef, salsa for the sauce, and shredded co-jack cheese. The possibilities really are endless and it is a great way to use up leftovers.
For even more ideas for using Minute Rice to put a quick meal on the table, visit www.minuterice.com. They have over 400 recipes to inspire you!
So tell me… What quick and easy dishes do you like to make with Minute Rice?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Minute Rice, written by me. However, all opinions stated are my own.