Rice Attempt #3

Recently I tried to reacquainted myself with the food guide pyramid.  It does not exist.  I’m sure you know.  I’m probably one of the last remaining few that believes my plate should be guided by this image:USDA_Food_Pyramid

Your plate should look like this now:myplate_blue

In any case, it’s recommended that you get six servings of whole grains a day.  To me that’s a lot of whole grains.  If I don’t make the effort to add whole grains to my day I think I’d end up with two servings a day thanks to oatmeal.  Do you get six servings of whole grains in a day?  I’m sure I’m lacking in other food groups, but this post is about rice.

We had tacos for dinner on Sunday and to help us get in a whole grain or two Sean decided to add brown rice to the menu.  His search started with Spanish rice, but then he found a recipe for Mexican rice.

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As with our previous attempts we have no loyalty to this brand.  We were just looking for organic brown rice and this is what we found.

For the rice, Sean added more than one tablespoon of serrano chiles.  The same is true for the cilantro dressing, and he added more than one teaspoon.  In both cases he also added some seeds because we really like spice.  We were really happy with the level of spice with our extra additions.

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Sean’s continuing with this year of rice project so he can learn a little bit.  But, he still believes that he’ll never be able to make really great rice until we have a kitchen with a gas burner.  Again he had to move the rice on and off the burner.

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It was a little mushy, but better than attempts #1 and #2!  Luckily the dressing helped perk up the dish.

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This recipe makes a lot of rice!  You should half it if you’re making it, although we’ve really enjoyed having the leftovers.  It reheats well.  We had some leftover rice with simply grilled chicken breasts on Monday and it was great.  We also had a little leftover dressing, so Sean added some mayo to create a tasty dipping sauce for the chicken.  We haven’t tried it but I think leftover dressing with mayo added might make for a nice sandwich spread, too.  We also had taco and rice leftovers last night.  If you’re looking to increase your whole grains on your taco night, this one is a winner.

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