Teddy Out-Ready: Quick and Easy Family-Friendly Meals with Minute Rice® 100% Natural Instant Rice

Monday, May 11, 2015

Quick and Easy Family-Friendly Meals with Minute Rice® 100% Natural Instant Rice

I eat and cook rice my whole life, it is our family tradition and goes back deep into long family history. This delicious food can be soft and tender, dry and slushy, everything is in chef’s hands to create delicious masterpiece. Even though we know much about rice, there is always great to learn more from professionals like Chef John Higgins, Director of Toronto-based George Brown Chef School – Canada’s leading chef school and one of the top culinary schools in North America.

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We recently had a chance to join “Family-Friendly Rice Dishes in an Instant” for a demonstration, tips and tricks on preparing easy and fast rice dishes for the whole family. Thanks to Minute Rice® 100% Natural Instant Rice and Chef Higgins we learned a lot about benefits of instant rice and were able to try some delicious Chef John Higgins recipes. Busy moms (and dads too) can take advantage of nutritious instant rice and in less than 10 min have nutritious food ready using Minute Rice® 100% Natural Instant Rice. Available in two varieties – Premium Long Grain White Rice and Premium Whole Grain Brown RiceMinute Rice® and takes only five minutes to prepare for white rice and ten minutes for brown rice.

Top 10 Rice Cooking Tips from Chef John Higgins, Director of George Brown Chef School, a judge on the Food Network’s Chopped Canada & former personal chef for the Queen Mother.

  • When boiling rice, substitute water for broth to add flavour to the rice itself and your dish.
  • Cook rice in coconut milk for a mildly sweet flavoured rice which pairs well with curry dishes and other spicy recipes. 
  • Add spices to the rice’s cooking liquid for an aromatic and flavourful base to your dish. 
  • Don’t leave your seasoning until the end. Introduce the flavours of your dish early on. For maximum flavour, add the herbs or spices your recipe calls for into the rice’s cooking water.
  • Enhance your rice dish by adding frozen vegetables. Rather than cooking the vegetables separately, though, condense your cooking time by adding them to boiling water before you begin cooking the rice.
  • Add dried fruit – such as craisins, raisins, dried blueberries and currents – to your cooking water to draw out the sweet fruit flavours which will infuse your rice with a savoury taste the whole family will enjoy.  I really like that!
  • Instant rice in particular is quick and easy, making it a convenient and nutritious family option.Prepare the rice the night before to save time in the morning.
  • Infuse the rice with your favourite flavour of tea for a fragrant, subtle gourmet taste. Steep a pot of tea and use the liquid to cook your rice instead of using plain water.
  • For a zesty citrus spin on your rice dish, grate lemon, lime or orange zest into the rice’s cooking water as it’s boiling. 
  • Cut cooking time - using instant rice in a dish can cut in half the time it takes to prepare
Chef John Higgins and me

Some of Chef John Higgins Rice Cooking Tips were new to us mostly because we cook major dishes with rice but always excited to learn something new. When I prepared Pear and Cranberry Rice Pudding with Chocolate Crunchies under Chef Higgins guidance at George Brown Chef School kitchen it was such a delicious treat! I was so proud and impressed: "It is me who prepared these yummy treats!" After our family members tried them, they are asking for this dessert every single day.

Minute Rice® 100% Natural Instant Rice is not only quick and easy to prepare, but also healthy, nutritious, 100% natural and Non-GMO Project Verified. These days I try new recipes, our family gathering for summer need some quick dishes and Minute Rice® 100% Natural Instant Rice is exactly what we need. I also booked one box of Premium Whole Grain Brown Rice for our upcoming Paddington Party and I am sure it is going to be a hit.

Minute Rice Pear and Cranberry Pudding with Chocolate Crunchies

Today I’d love to share delicious Chef John Higgins recipe:

Pear and Cranberry Rice Pudding with Chocolate Crunchies
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Servings: 4

Ingredients:
3/4 cup (175 ml) uncooked Minute Rice® Instant Premium Long Grain White Rice
2 tbsp (30 ml) dark or milk chocolate, chopped
2 tbsp (30 ml) Rice Chex cereal
1 pear
2 tsp (10 ml) butter
1 tbsp (15 g) dried cranberries
4 tbsp (60 ml) sugar
1 can (175 ml) coconut milk
1 tbsp orange zest
pinch of salt
1 egg
1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla
1 orange, diced

Instructions:  

  1. Melt chocolate in the microwave, using a ceramic or glass bowl, for 20 seconds. Mix in the Rice Chex cereal and stir to coat with chocolate. Transfer to a tray lined with wax paper, separating pieces to dry and cool down. (Place in refrigerator or freezer to cool quickly). 
  2. Dice pear into even pieces. 
  3. In a hot non-stick pan, cook the butter and diced pear for 5 minutes. Add 1 tbsp of sugar, followed by cranberries. Set aside and allow to cool. 
  4. In a large saucepan, over medium-high heat, combine the coconut milk and rice, then add the 3 tbsp sugar and salt; bring to a boil. Add the orange zest, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring often for 10 minutes. 
  5. In a bowl, beat the egg with the vanilla. Stir some of the hot rice mixture into the egg; then beat the warmed egg mixture back into the remaining rice mixture. Cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Remove from heat. 
  6. Place equal amounts of the pear mixture in the bottom of each serving dish, top with rice pudding, and then with mini marshmallows, chocolate-coated cereal, followed with the diced orange. 

Tip: For a more gourmet presentation, top with additional pear cut into strips and fresh sprigs of mint.

Per serving (1/4 of recipe): 320 calories, 14g fat, 55mg cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate, 3g fibre, 24g sugars, 5g protein

Pear and Cranberry Rice Pudding with Chocolate Crunchies

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67 comments :

  1. my cabbage rolls and stuffed peppers are loaded with rice!

    Lori R Jackson

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  2. I love hang stir fry over rice..and we have rice as a side dish to many meals :)

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  3. I make lots with rice. Stir fry of course. Stuffed peppers, I use rice in soups. I serve rice as a side dish for when I make tacos, enchiladas or fajitas. Cabbage Rolls, inside meatloaf (instead of using cracker or bread crumbs). (Andrea Amy)

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  4. I love to make rice and raisins with Minute Rice

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  5. I make all different types of Stir Fries with Minute Rice - thank you!

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  6. I use rice almost daily,soups,chicken and rice

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  7. We love to make stir fry at our home and we have rice as a side a few nights a week! I'd like to try to make rice pudding!

    RAFFLECOPTER NAME is Anne Taylor

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  8. I like to make rice pudding and biryani with rice.

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  9. Coconut curry chicken on a bed of rice!

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  10. I love rice puddings and stir fried rice.
    Florence C

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  11. Last time I purchased a box of minute rice, I noticed the butter chicken recipe on the back....we've made it soooo often!

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  12. I would make a chicken stir fry

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  13. I'd love to make 30 Minute Almond Chicken.

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  14. I like to make fried rice and rice pudding.

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  15. I would make a stiry fry with chicken, veggies and rice.

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  16. I like to make unstuffed pepper casserole with rice.

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  17. We grill veggies and then toss it in the rice - our favourite!

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  18. Chicken Vegetable Rice Crunch
    jan

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  19. I would make chili chicken with rice or burritos

    spazsss@yahoo.ca

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  20. I like to make cabbage rolls and rice pudding.

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  21. I love making Spanish rice and Greek rice. We often have plain rice too with dishes such as Butter Chicken.

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  22. I make broccoli and cheese casserole with rice.

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  23. I make stuff peppers, fried rice, rice pudding...

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  24. I would try the recipe for Pina Colada Shrimp and Rice - sounds delicious!

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  25. I would make fried rice, rice pudding and hamburger rice casserole if I won. (Judy Cowan)

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  26. I think I'd try the Quick Butter Chicken!

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  27. I would make chicken fried rice

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  28. I'd make chicken fried rice for dinner and rice pudding for dessert

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  29. Vera Wilson

    I use in my porcupine meatball recipe.

    snoopysnop1 at yahoo dot com

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  30. I will make a seafood paella and an almond chicken with rice.

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  31. Cabbage rolls, fried rice, rice pudding, and we love it just as a side.

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  32. I woud make chicken fried rice.

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  33. I love doing different things with stir fry. My favorite is with steak or chicken on a bed of rice in a tortilla

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  34. I would love to try to make rice porrage

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  35. I would make rice pudding with nutmeg.

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  36. I would make chicken casserole with rice, it has mayo, cream of mushroom soup, with crushed chips on top with melted cheese.

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  37. Love making chicken stirr fry! It's my families favourite!!

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  38. A nice roast chicken and rice will be on the menu when I win lol

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  39. Red Beans and Rice, Stuffed Peppers, Cabbage Rolls! I love rice!

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  40. I love stir fry or rice pudding

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  41. I would make some delicious rice pudding :)

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  42. I always use minute rice as a base for things sweet n sour chicken or beef and broccoli.

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  43. I would prepare some quick cabbage rolls.

    SueSueper

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  44. Yummy Coconut curry chicken on a bed of rice!!!

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  45. I would prepare 30 Minute Almond Chicken with Minute Rice.

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  46. I would make chicken/bacon fried rice!

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  47. Coconut curry chicken sounds divine! I would make that

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  48. Since I was a teenage I have liked to make meat balls with minute rice...porcupine meatballs.

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  49. stuffed peppers with rice or unstuffed cabage rice casserole

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