Thursday, October 29, 2020

When times get tough – it’s rice to the rescue


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Easy on the pocketbook, you can get a meal on the table in 30 minutes with cooked rice, frozen vegetables and a few jarred condiments or sauces. Just look inside your pantry for inspiration.

There are rices from all over the world; 65% of the rice enjoyed by Canadians are U.S.-grown. It’s true what they say that rice is nice – but it’s more than that, it’s the kitchen lifesaver for when you’re strapped for time, or just looking for a cup of comfort while trying to get through yet another pandemic day.

The following recipes are courtesy of USA Rice Canada (; @USARiceCanada/@USARiceCAN/#USARiceCan #rice #RiceIsLife, #ThinkRice.

Rice and Berry Smoothie. Photo by handout /2USA Rice Canada (

Rice and Berry Smoothie Bowl

Packed with flavour and nutritional goodness!

2 cups (500 mL) cooked and warm long grain brown rice

2 cups (500 mL) frozen berries

2 cups (500 mL) EACH almond milk and ice

1/2 small avocado

3 pitted Medjool dates, chopped

Toppings: Strawberries, cherries, raspberries, pomegranates, coconut flakes, sliced almonds

Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender until smooth and creamy. Pour into bowls and garnish with toppings. Serve immediately.

Serves 2-4.

Deconstructed eggroll and rice skillet supper. Photo by handout /3USA Rice Canada (

Deconstructed Egg Roll and Rice Skillet Supper

A speedy one-dish alternative to your favourite take out order.

1 Tbsp. (15 mL) canola oil

1/2 lb. (250 g) ground turkey

1 Tbsp. (15 mL) EACH minced garlic and ginger

1/2 tsp. (2 mL) EACH salt and pepper

1 bag (340 g) shredded cabbage or mixed vegetable slaw blend (about 6 cups/1.6 L)

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