I was standing in the kitchen on a Monday night.
Meals for the week had been prepared, but I had never finished planning my menu.
I was looking at the first week of a new workout program, and I wanted to make sure I was bringing my best to the table.
...and according to my meal plan, I was missing a serving of protein and a serving of carbs...
I looked around my kitchen, feeling defeated.
Then I saw the bag of rice. I thought, "Rice! Rice is a carb! Can I think of a protein to serve with rice?"
I went to my fridge and discovered a package of ground beef that my husband had stashed away...
"Hey, honey! Do you have any plans for this ground beef?"
...Not, yet. Why?
"Can I use it?"
...yeah, go for it.
I threw some rice in the rice cooker (have you tried one? Where has this been all my life? Why didn't I have one of these before??), turned it on, and proceeded to cook some beef while I waited for the "done" light to come on.
When it all came together, I used my handy portion containers to dole it out into bowls.
I knew I would eat it regardless of it's level of deliciousness, but I was really hoping it wasn't going to get old too fast...
By this time, my husband had wandered into the kitchen dying to know what I was making that smelled so amazing....
So, I handed him a bowl and a spoon.
He had intended to only try a bite, but the next thing I knew, he was asking me if he could have the rest of it!
I figured that was a good start, anyway.
It turned out that I enjoyed it just as much on day 5 as I did on day 1!
I filed it away in my stack of go-to recipes.
I've played with it over the months and come up with several variations.
Hubby also has variations of his own!
However, there are some techniques that just *really* add to the basic dish.
Of course, for me, steaming the rice is pretty easy and straight forward. Just drop rice and water in the cooker (2:1 ratio) and let the cooker tell you when it's done!
Oh, how well that works for my ADD mind!!
My favorite is to mix 50/50 brown rice with tri-color quinoa. YUM!!
The whole thing freezes and reheats well, so I can make 2 weeks worth in one go!
...I might need a bigger freezer, soon...
|freshly cooked - ready to portion!|
|Easy peasy - and oh so consistent|
|Making due when we aren't grilling...|
|I really love my Pampered Chef tools!|
|portioned out and ready to go!|