Thursday, September 24, 2009

Making Rice-a-Roni Go Farther

Just a few suggestions to get more out of your box of Rice-a-Roni. You can do one, some, or all of the following:
  • Add 1/3 - 1/2 cup chopped onion while you saute the rice in butter.
  • Add 1/4 cup sliced or slivered almonds while you saute the rice in butter.
  • Add 2-3 stalks of celery, chopped, when you add water to the rice.
  • Add 2 cups diced cooked chicken or browned ground beef when you add water to the rice.
  • Add 1 cup fresh broccoli florets during the last five minutes of cooking.
You may have to adjust cooking time when adding the celery - sometimes I've found that it needs a couple more minutes to simmer.

I haven't tried adding carrots yet, but I bet if you chopped them small enough or shredded them it would work.

Please comment with any tricks you have used with the San Francisco Treat and I'll add them to this post so we can all benefit from your excellent wisdom!


My friend, Becky, suggested browning the rice minus the butter to save on calories. Good tip!

1 comment:

The Muries said...

Chanelle I know this sounds weird but I learned this from a friend of mine when she was on a diet. That if you just throw the rice in the pan to cook without adding the butter and let it brown that way while stirring it, of course, then it makes it healthier but doesn't change the taste. I do that now whenever I make this although that would make it hard to saute the onion into and that does sound good. Hmmm what to do what to do...