Post Holiday Recovery Wages On!

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Is anyone out there trying to recover from the holidays – still??? I am! In order to get back on track after eating Christmas cookies, imbibing in way too many Great Lakes Christmas Ales, and frequenting a number of parties, the month of January has been a combination of healthy eating while still enjoying a little gluttony along the way. It’s all a balance, right? I’ve learned something from Paula Deen this month.

My new favorite thing is being sold at Costco. It is Minsley Cooked Brown Rice (Organic). First thing I love: you put it in the microwave for only 90 seconds. It’s a fast meal! Second thing I love: it’s so tasty and you can put anything in it to make it a great lunch or dinner. You could even make it into breakfast dish! Oh, scrambled eggs, green onions and cilantro? Yum! Third thing I love: it costs 6.99 for a 6 pack. It’s cheap!

My favorite way to prepare the rice is to microwave it for the recommended 90 seconds. Then I take it out of the container it came in, put it in a microwavable bowl, & add whatever I have in my refrigerator. If you take it to work, put some chopped vegetables in a bag and add later. Then, I add anything from 1 to 5 ingredients to the brown rice, depending on what I have on hand and how fast I want to eat. I mix the ingredients, and I put it back in the microwave for another minute.

I believe one of the best combinations for this rice is the “Holy Trinity“. Most people would refer to mirepoix, the classic French combination of celery, carrots and onions, as the “Holy Trinity”. I agree, that is a wonderful, classic, and necessary mix. I believe there’s another one: toasted sesame oil, rice vinegar, and sriracha. I like to add a splash of each to the rice after it’s been cooked for 90 seconds. The other day, I topped that with some shredded chicken I sautéed the day before and some chopped watercress. Delicious and super easy! A few days later, I had some left over carnitas from a dinner out with friends. It was such a small amount that I questioned why I even brought it home. I decided to add the meat to the warmed rice. Awesome! I realized how terrible it would have been if I hadn’t brought that left over home! Also, I drizzled some Cholula Hot Sauce which brought the meal to the next delicious level. So maybe that wasn’t the most healthy lunch, but it was a small amount of carnitas. I promise!

I’m always looking for fast, tasty, and healthy meal ideas. What’s your favorite quick and healthy dish? I’d love to hear about it!