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Wild Rice and Greens

 

Don't you love heat and serve rice bags? They are varied in flavors, grains, and ready to eat in less than five minutes.  Sadly, with the ease of cooking comes the high intake of salt and the high outtake in the pocketbook. Luckily enough, most ready to serve bags are easily replicated with fresh cooked ingredients such as this Seven Grain Spinach Salad found on the back of our local grocer brand seven grain ready to serve rice pouch. Texmati whole grain rice mixture with fresh baby arugula and dinner served.

Modifications Made:
One cup of Texmati Royal Blend cooked with three quarters cup water and three quarters cup reduced sodium chicken broth.  When almost done, 12 ounces baby arugula was tossed on top of rice and allowed to soften.  Juice of half fresh lemon added before mixing together.

Scaled for Likability: Great
Fresh, filling, and fabulously easy.  Whole grains provided the texture and the heartiness, greens provided the colors and the nutrients.  If you needed meat, this would have paired well with chicken or pork.

Edit March 5, 2021:
Leftovers were warmed in the microwave to just off fridge cold but not yet steaming and it was perfect.  This dish could be served hot, room temperature, or cold of the rice was just served over a bed of arugula.  Very flexible.

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