Rice can be used in a variety of meals throughout the day. It’s not just for dinner. Leftover rice can make for a quick lunch.
It’s great to stretch leftovers for the next day, or if it’s just rice that’s left at lunch I like to throw together a quick fried rice. Put any veggies you have hanging around (frozen works great too), add some protein- tofu, egg, beans, etc. sprinkle on some spices of choice- pepper, chili, paprika, cumin and a splash of soy sauce, and voila.
It can also make a delicious coconut rice pudding for a dessert. Have you ever used rice as a snack? A fun one to make with your kids is fruit sushi rice rolls. Use mango, banana and strawberries, roll it up and serve.
If you want more ideas (the list goes on) take a look at the ‘think rice’ campaign for ideas or visit www.riceinfo.com
Rice is an affordable, versatile ingredient. Use it in a variety of meals while helping to stretch your meals and your dollar. It stores well and can help increase the time between grocery trips. Typically, long grain white and brown rice yield 3x their volume when cooked (1). Rice is a great way to save money on food at about 10 cents per ½ cup (1/2 cup = 1 serving).
I get asked a lot about serving rice to kids. One of the most common questions is “what if that’s all they eat at that meal?” Well here are some things to make you feel more at ease. Rice has complex carbohydrates; it gives those busy kids some much needed fuel. It also contains some important nutrients such as:
- Potassium: This is an essential mineral for many body functions including energy metabolism and proper cell function.
- Magnesium: Important for bone, protein and fatty acid formation, clotting blood, and relaxing muscles, to name a few.
- Vitamin B6: This is an important vitamin in the processing of amino acids – which are the building blocks of all protein and even some hormones.
- Iron: Is part of hemoglobin – this is what carries oxygen in the body. People who are iron deficient can feel tired because they don’t have enough oxygen.
Something else I like about rice is that it is naturally gluten free, and a low-allergen food. This makes it a good choice for people with food sensitivities.
Did you know that rice triggers your brain to produce serotonin – this helps boost your mood and keep your appetite in check.
To store leftover rice, cool it in a shallow container, cover tightly and store in the fridge. It can be stored in the fridge for 3-5 days or frozen for up to 6 months.
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Looking for more ways to use rice? Contact Jill, Nurture The Future's Registered Dietitian at firstname.lastname@example.org