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Menu Planning- Make Ahead Rice

Like most people I love spending weekends with my family but I know that if I put in a little extra effort cooking on Sunday for the rest of the week, I'll be ahead of the game and less stressed in the long run.

Today I very quickly and easily busted out 5 meals of rice. I do not like to use Minute Rice any more and I discovered that freezing and thawing rice tastes just as good as the day I made it originally, so now I cook it and freeze it in batches. It is also a great substitute for those tasty, yet not so nutritious, rice packets that take 5 minutes to cook.  This might seem like a "duh" recipe to you, but I really was just so used to buying quick processed meal items that I didn't even think this was a possibility.  It was like I thought only the magic grocery Gods could prepare food for me.

It's a insanely simple process to do.

I use a full 2lb. bag of Basamati Rice and add a little olive oil vs. butter.

Cook rice as directed, portion out into quart sized freezer bags.

Freeze.

Thaw/cook until done in microwave.

Straight from the freezer takes about 5 minutes in the microwave and all I do is throw the bag in there with it vented open.

Dress it up anyway you like but now you won't have to wait 20+ minutes for water to boil and rice to cook making your meal prep time easy peasy.


I was able to get 5 quart size bags from the 2 lbs.

Some dishes we like with rice include:

Stir Fry
Pepper Steak
Taco night (using Chipotle's copy cat Cilantro-Lime rice recipe)
Chicken Cordon Bleu w/Rice
Broccoli Cheese & Rice
Fried Rice

Enjoy!


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