Magazines are my happy place.
I’m so inspired by what I see in those pages I have a massive “idea binder.” My “to-be-filed-in-my-idea-binder” pile is almost as big, and that doesn’t even include the stack of magazines in my nightstand– waiting with dog-eared pages for me tear them out. If you are keeping score, just add magazines to my list of addictions.
Recently, I flipped through the September issue of Ladies Home Journal and found a fabulous timesaving tip.
Before I share the tip, aren’t you proud of me for ignoring the obviously amazing other thing on that page?
Oh, cake pops, don’t worry. I’ll come back for you. But today, I’m all about the timesaving kitchen tips. So much, in fact, I scooted right out to Walmart while my kids played with Grandma to try this one out because it’s something that’s going to make a big difference in my life.
One of the ways I’ve made our dinners more healthy is to use brown rice instead of white. The problem with brown rice is it takes longer than white rice, about 40 minutes if you include bringing it to a boil. Side dishes are usually an afterthought for me, I need something that cooks in 5 minutes! The obvious solution is to use instant brown rice, but there’s two problems with this:
#1: have you ever tasted instant brown rice? It’s chewy and bland.
#2: you have to prepare it in a bag, and I’m super skeeved out by cooking in plastic due to chemical exposure.
This timesaving tip mentions that rice freezes well. So, you make a big batch and then freeze it in small portions. While you can do this in plastic ziploc bags, again, chemicals… so I scouted out an alternative and found Pyrex containers in the perfect 2 cup size. I’ve been meaning to stock up on more of these, so I did.
Especially when I read that you can freeze them. Plus the lids are BPA free. BONUS.
Grabbed my favorite brand of brown rice, not with trepidation (“ugh, 40 minutes, I’ll never get to eat you!”) but with happiness (“WOOT! I’ll this bag won’t last a month if I make it in large batches!”)
At home, a little boiling, a little simmering, a little fluffing, and… RICE!
Chef Noodle even helped with the measuring. Each time I start reaching for pans, she begs: “I cook please, mama!” And so, she cooks.
There’s nothing I love more than an easy timesaver like this one. Well, maybe the beach. I like the beach more. And candy. So it goes like this: beach, candy, and timesaving tips. Plus my family. Alright, so I’m not good a blanket statements but suffice it to say I’m all about ways to save a few minutes making healthy dinners.
Now cake pops, here I come! Right after I enter the $3,000 essay contest sponsored by Ladies Home Journal. The topic is personal growth– don’t we all have a story to tell about on that theme?