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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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
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Multi-Grain Garden Salad
- 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
- add the chopped vegetables, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix gently to combine.
- Microwave the Minute Ready to Serve Multi-Grain Medley according to package directions
- Add the rice to the bowl with the vegetables and stir til combined
- Enjoy immediately or chill before serving
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.
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.