Welcome to the Festival of Food Carnival. In celebration of the New Year and Healthy Starts, we’re sharing recipe ideas for healthy, nourishing recipes or anything you would enjoy this time of year. Hosted by Diary of a First Child and Hybrid Rasta Mama, you’re welcome to join us next time, or if you have a previously published recipe you’d like to share, add it to the linky below.
January – ahh the fresh smell of new beginnings, resolve, and improvement! No, I am not one to make big resolutions. I never really bought into that idea. Instead, I like to make a renewed commitment to certain aspects of my life that sort of became neglected as the year progressed.
January is the month of healthy re-starts for me! While I love to cook, there are times when I am just in a pinch and need something quick and easy.
Side dishes seem to be my downfall in the kitchen. If I am going to have a real food fail, it is usually from grabbing a package of some sort of rice mix. You wouldn’t think it would be hard to make some seasoned rice but sometimes it just is!
A few weeks ago I got down to business and created a pretty cool recipe that I intend to package up and keep on hand for those busier times! The end result was really tasty and this is a nice side dish shortcut to have on hand!
Herbed Rice Mix
- 1 package ( 3 pounds ) long grain rice, jasmine rice, batsami rice, or wild rice
- 2 cups dried celery flakes
- 2/3 cup dried minced onion
- 1/2 cup dried parsley flakes
- 2 tablespoons dried chives
- 1 tablespoon dried tarragon
- 3 to 4 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons pepper
- Combine the first eight ingredients; mix well.
- Place 2 cups of the mixture into a mason type jar and seal.
- This recipe will make 5 (2 cup) jars.
- To prepare one serving of rice bring 2/3 cup water/broth and 1 tablespoon butter to a boil over medium heat.
- Add 1/4 cup rice mixture. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat; let stand for 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork.
The fun thing about this mix is that you can turn it into so much more! I love to add broccoli and carrots for a little twist!
Now how easy is this? I almost feel silly even sharing it but trust me…it is a time saver!
Please take a moment to visit the blogs of our other Festival of Food participants. The links in this list will be live by the end of the day, as participants are all in different time zones.
- Sarah at Why Food Works shares Guilt Free Ranch Dip. Food is more fun when dunked, and kids eat more veggies with dip – use this high-protein, low-fat, Ranch-flavored spread at picnics, parties, and meals! You can also find Sarah on Facebook.
- Christina at The Hippy Homemaker shares her tasty vegan Black Bean and Barley Salad With a Cilantro Lime Dressing, a low-fat meal that packs a real flavor punch! You can also find Christine on Facebook.
- Bianca at the Pierogie Mama shares a quick and simple recipe for roasting cauliflower. Garlic, olive oil and Parmesan cheese make anything taste amazing!You can also find Bianca on Facebook.
- Have a blender? Then That Mama Gretchen says it’s time to gather your veggies and plan a Mexican fiesta to debut this skinny version of taco soup. You can also find That Mama Gretchen on Facebook.
- Lindy at Poppy Soap Co. shared an incredibly easy Herb Rice recipe that makes a great pantry staple! You can also find Lindy on Facebook.
- Luschka at Diary of a First Child loves foraging for her food, and this Nettle Soup recipe is a great immune boost for the changing season. You can also fine Luschka on Facebook.
- Mari at Honey on the Bum shares her love of beet kvass, a daily drink that holds particular importance in the winter.
- Destany and They Are All of Me shares her recipe for low-fat healthy smoothies that taste just like dessert.
- Lauren at Hobo Mama offers a nut-buttery, chocolatey treat that tastes indulgent while being grain- and sugar-free. You can also find Hobo Mama on Facebook.
- Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares a super easy, fix it and freeze it Curried Lentil Soup In A Jar! You can also find Jennifer on Facebook.