Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Rice A Roni Recipes - By Popular Demand

I've had a few friends ask me what is so amazing about what I can do with Rice A Roni, so I thought I would post my recipes (add-ins).

When you buy box food, most of them have add-in ideas, but for whatever reason Rice A Roni doesn't. So, I came up with some myself. You only have to use one large pan with a lid. I sometimes add more rice and more liquid to make it stretch further. So, if you add a 1/2 cup of extra rice, add 1 cup of extra liquid. Sometimes, I use less meat and just cut it up into smaller pieces to make it stretch further too.

The brocolli cheese flavor:
-One box of brocolli cheese Rice A Roni
-One or two chicken breasts
-Two handlfulls of frozen brocolli
-1/2 cup or so of grated cheese like jack, colby jack or cheddar
-Appropriate spices like garlic powder and onion powder

Brown the rice in butter as directed on the box, then add the cut up seasoned chicken. The chicken doesn't have to cook all the way now because it will be simmering in water for 20-25 minutes, so it will be cooked by then. Add the amount of water the box says to with the package of Rice a Roni seasoning and cook like it says to. After 15 minutes add the frozen brocolli. When it's done put the cheese on top, remove from heat and leave the lid on a few minutes.

The mushroom something flavor (forgot the full name of it):
-One box of Mushroom something Rice A Roni
-Half a small onion, diced
-Two cloves of garlic
-A lot of sliced mushrooms
-A lot of cooked crumbled bacon

Cook bacon, remove from pan and set aside somewhere your husband won't find it. Sautee the mushrooms, onion and garlic in the leftover bacon grease. When that's almost done, brown the rice in that pan with the sautee. Follow the directions on the box.

The fried rice flavor:
-One box of Fried Rice flavored Rice A Roni
-One or two chicken breasts or pork chops, cut into bite size pieces
-Two handfulls of frozen stirfry veggies like brocolli, peas, bell pepper, onion, those crunchy weird white things, grean beans, or whatever frozen veggies you have in the freezer
-Some kind of Chinese sauce that you enjoy, like general tsao or kung pao or teriyaki

Brown the rice and meat at the same time (if you have fresh garlic and onion, cook it with the rice and meat). Add some of your Chinese sauce, then follow the directions on the box. After 15 minutes add the frozen veggies and continue cooking the rest of the recommended amount of time.

There you have it....one-pan square meals.


Jen said...

Sound good, especially fried rice :)

Nicole said...

Dude, the broccoli and the fried rice ones are great ideas! I make similar dishes using plain rice :o) But I usually don 't mix the rice with the chicken and cheese. Good idea!

Are you talking about water chestnuts?

Christina said...

Yeah, water chestnuts LOL! They taste like flavorless apples.

Nicole said...

I like the texture of them.