Quick and Healthy Meal Idea: Mult-Grain Garden Salad #LoveEveryMinute

As a work from home mom you would think I have all the time in the world to create a healthy lunch for myself, right? Well, not really! Between errands, housework, my job and everything else that needs to get done I am lucky to find time to grab anything to eat at all. I am always looking for a quick and healthy meal idea to add to my repertoire. I try to stock my fridge and pantry with healthy options so I don’t end up eating cookies for lunch. Even ORGANIC cookies don’t really make a healthy lunch! If you, too, are looking for a quick  and healthy meal idea, I wanted to share a recipe that I recently made using Minute® Ready to Serve Rice. Minute has made it easy to incorporate rice into our diet by making individual serving size cups that need only 60 seconds to heat up in the microwave.

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quick and healthy meal idea with minute rice

Minute® Ready to Serve Rice comes in many different varieties including:

  • Whole Grain Brown Rice
  • Brown and Wild Rice
  • Multi-Grain Medley
  • White Rice
  • Jasmine Rice
  • Chicken Rice Mix
  • Italian Rice Mix
  • Spanish Rice Mix
  • Yellow Rice Mix
  • Pilaf Rice Mix


I decided to try the Multi-Grain Medley in my lunch today. This recipe will make a nice size lunch for one person or a side dish for 2. The grains in the Multi-Grain Medley include brown rice, quinoa, barley, oats, wheat and rye. It has a slightly nutty flavor that I really enjoyed. The pine nuts offer some protein, the onion gives it a bit of a bite and there are plenty of veggies in it. Here is my quick and healthy meal idea using Minute® Ready to Serve Multi-Grain Medley:


 Quick and Healthy Meal Idea

quick and healthy meal idea multi-grain Garden Salad

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 Multi-Grain Garden Salad

Yield: 1-2

Mult-Grain Garden Salad

quick and healthy meal idea multi-grain Garden Salad

A quick and healthy meal with lots of whole grains and vegetables

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes


  • 1 cup Minute Multi-Grain Medley
  • 1/2 small cucumber, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 tomato deseeded and chopped
  • 2 TBSP onion, minced
  • 2 TBSP pine nuts
  • 2 TBSP fresh parsely, chopped
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. add the chopped vegetables, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix gently to combine.
  2. Microwave the Minute Ready to Serve Multi-Grain Medley according to package directions
  3. Add the rice to the bowl with the vegetables and stir til combined
  4. Enjoy immediately or chill before serving

quick and healthy meal idea

Minute® Ready to Serve Rice is an ideal portable solution for lunch or breakfast because you can eat it on the go, straight from the cup. In just 60 seconds, you have fully cooked rice for any meal or snack. You’ll never get bored with your lunch since there are 10 flavorful and wholesome varieties. If you’re looking for a healthy option, Minute® Ready to Serve Rice provides easy portion control since it’s conveniently packaged in two individual single-serve cups.

Visit http://www.minuterice.com/ for recipes, including Minute® Ready to Serve Stir it Up recipe ideas and more information about the Minute® Rice family of products.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Ready to Serve Rice.

8 thoughts on “Quick and Healthy Meal Idea: Mult-Grain Garden Salad #LoveEveryMinute”

  1. Your multi-grain salad looks really good. I had a chance to try this rice and love the convenience of it. It also makes a great after shcool snack for my son who loves rice. Usually when I make rice I make large batches for dinner. But when I want rice just for one these are awesome!

  2. Wow. You lost me. You have other posts about making your own food coloring from kale, making a scrub from used coffee grounds, and then you have this one promoting an individual plastic rice cup in a large cardboard box? Slightly eco un-friendly, don’t you think? Perhaps you should rethink some of your sponsors if they are promoting something that seems to be against the core mission of your blog.

    • I appreciate your opinion but the core mission of my blog has ALWAYS been to go green ONE step at a time. I do not live a 100% green life. I eat fast food. I have a cheeto addiction. I drink diet coke. I do all of these things in moderation so that I can find a balance. That tomato and cucumber were organic. The parsley came from my backyard. And I recycled the plastic cup when I was done. Is that perfect? No. But I have never claimed to be perfect.


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