Tips and Tricks Tuesdays: Saving Your Dollars – Rice

Freezing Rice

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Cook a big batch of rice, spread it on a cookie sheet on parchment paper and freeze. When the rice is frozen, just put in a freezer bag or containers and you have rice in a jiff! Great for brown rice too, which takes so long to cook! Use in casseroles, soups or fried rice.

Chicken and Veggie Fried Rice

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12 ounces boneless chicken breast, diced into 1/2 inch cubes
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 small onion, sliced into thin strips
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup chopped broccoli
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 teaspoon ginger, chopped
1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
2 cups cooked brown rice
3 eggs

Mix the garlic sauce with 1/4 cup water and set aside.

Heat a wok or large sauté pan over medium heat, then remove from heat just to coat with nonstick cooking spray. Add chicken, heat until cooked, about 5 minutes. Place the cooked chicken in a large bowl and set aside.

Add the onions, mushrooms, and carrots to the pan or wok, turn the heat to high, and cook for 2 minutes. Add the broccoli, garlic, and ginger, and cook for additional 2 minutes.

Add the garlic sauce and water to the vegetables, stir to combine, and remove from heat. Pour the vegetables and sauce on top of the chicken and set aside.

Spray the pan once more with nonstick cooking spray, and add egg whites. Cook over high heat, stirring constantly, until eggs have almost set. Add the rice, stir to combine, then add the chicken and vegetables. Cook another two minutes, until the eggs have fully cooked.

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