March 3, 2013 by admin
There is a small window for making lunch when the guys get home from school. I have about 20-30 minutes from the moment they get in the door and get re-aquainted with all the toys that they’ve missed from the day before they realize that they’re super hungry in an I-need-food-NOW-kind-of-way.
I try and create a variety of lunches: sandwiches, soup, quesadillas and noodles. One of their favorites is rice, tofu and a vegetable, so I was really excited when I was offered the chance to try some Minute Rice: rice that cooks in under 5 minutes!
Their brown rice takes a little longer than their white rice (maybe about10 minutes) but my usual rice takes way longer to make than that, so it’s nice that it has a short cooking time.
I’ve been trying to get the guys to enjoy a variety of grains and more whole grains, and I love the nutty, rich flavor brown rice adds to a meal so I decided to mix one cup of the Brown Minute RIce with two cups of our regular rice. I put the rice on to cook first.
Then I grilled my tofu in a fry pan. I put about a tablespoon of oil in the bottom of the pan on medium heat. I sliced up the tofu (I use firm tofu and If I have time, I put a plate on top of the tofu ‘loaf’ while it sits on another plate so that it squeezes some of the water out. But you don’t need to do that) and threw it in the oil. If I don’t have some kind of teriyaki-type sauce on hand, I mix about about a tablespoon and a half of soy sauce, a teaspoon of sugar, a tablespoon of mirin and a tablespoon of water together and use that as a sauce. After the tofu has cooked for a couple minutes, I pour on the sauce and stir for another couple minutes and then remove it from the heat. (This way it’s not super hot when the guys get it on their plate too.)
While the tofu was cooking I also steamed some broccoli. It pretty much finished when the tofu finished. If I’m in a super-rush it’s frozen peas, but it doesn’t take long to steam sliced carrots, or broccoli or snow-peas and it’s good to have variety.
The boys scarfed their food and their rice and I was pretty happy that I might have made their meal healthier. I think I could even increase the brown rice ratio next time I make this. (And did you notice I made 3 cups of rice? I made sure we had extras because I also love it when we have leftover rice so I can make this rice pudding and the brown rice mixture is yummy in it too. It’s actually not just yummy, it’s oh my goodness, amazing!)
You can also find some other (try 400!) rice recipes at http://www.minuterice.com.
(FYI-I received a product to try and compensation for this post, but the ideas represented here are my own.
PS. mom when I made that rice pudding for you I didn’t have condensed milk so I just used regular milk and about two teaspoons of sugar and that’s why it wasn’t sweet but you still loved it or at least you said you loved it when you had a second helping to make me feel better-whichever version of the truth you like better.)
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