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With the New Year here, many of us have made resolutions to eat better, portion better, and overall make better food choices. I am definitely working on better lunches for myself in 2015 to avoid eating out during the week. Quick and easy is the key when creating lunch ideas.
Minute® Ready to Serve Rice is an ideal portable solution for a quick mini-meal or snack because you can eat it on-the-go, straight from the cup. In just 60 seconds, you have fully cooked rice with nothing to add for any meal or snack. Keep a few in your desk drawer for those days when you have no other lunch planned. Make sure to read the handy little instructions located right on the cover of each cup. Otherwise you'll end up with a mess in your microwave, just like me! Yes, I sure did!
I also love adding Minute® Ready to Serve Rice to my favorite recipes, such as the Quick BBQ Beef and Black Bean Chili that you can find below. It's a quick and easy recipe that's fantastic for lunch. Ready in less than 30 minutes and packed full of nutrients. You can also mix in a protein and veggie, plus a sauce/seasoning or cheese, for a quick meal, or adding peanut butter or honey for a quick snack. I also love stirring in milk, cinnamon and a touch of sugar for a delicious breakfast.
My favorite of the many varieties available is the Multi-Grain Medley. It's a delicious mixture of brown rice, wheat, quinoa, rye, oats and barley.
I can't get enough of my grains, and it's a tasty filler for chili or any other soup. The other varieties available are: Brown Rice, Brown & Wild Rice, Jasmine Rice, White Rice, Chicken Rice Mix, Yellow Rice Mix, Fried Rice Mix and Black Beans & Rice. If you'd like more info on each variety, click here! You can find them in the rice aisle at your local grocery store!
Now onto this fabulous chili recipe! This is one of those recipes that you'll want to keep eating more and more. The Multi-Grain Medley is a great addition to the tomatoes, beans, corn and beef. It's so hearty and will definitely keep you warm on a cold winter day with the heat from the chipotle chiles.
It's amazing for lunch, so make a batch on Sunday, then bring to work during the week. You can also freeze it into single serve portions. Pop it in the fridge the night before, and it's thawed in time for lunch the next day. It's best topped with sour cream, but I also love sprinkling some cilantro and green onions over top! Enjoy!
Quick BBQ Beef and Black Bean Chili (click here to print)
What you need:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound lean ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
1- 14.5 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1- 15 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 cups hickory BBQ sauce
1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce plus 1 teaspoon sauce (add additional chile and sauce for more heat)
1 1/2 cups tomato juice
1- 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 -15 ounce can corn, drained
1- 8.8 ounce package Minute® Ready to Serve Multi-Grain Medley
salt and pepper, as needed
chopped cilantro, chopped green onions and sour cream, for topping
a soup pot, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add
ground beef, onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Crumble ground beef and
cook until no longer pink.
heat to medium, then add the diced and crushed tomatoes, BBQ sauce,
chile, chile sauce, tomato juice, black beans and corn. Simmer for 10
Minute® Ready to Serve Multi-Grain Medley according to package
directions. Stir both cups into the chili. Stir and simmer for another 5
minutes. Serve topped with cilantro, green onions and sour cream.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Ready to Serve Rice.
This recipe is shared at: Inside BruCrew Life, Memories by the Mile, A Dish of Daily Life, Love Bakes Good Cakes, The Best Blog Recipes, The Better Baker,