Exploring USA Rice! Is it Healthy?

coconut curry and riceClassic comfort. This coconut curry and rice dish is another simple meal that we keep in the rotation most weeks.

Throughout this homebound time many of us have been figuring out how to utilize our pantry staples and make fewer trips to the grocery store. #AD @USARiceCan is a versatile and very affordable option to keep on hand. At only ~10 cents per ½ cup serving, you’ll definitely be sticking to your food budget using USA Rice!IMG_2120 Under proper storage conditions, uncooked white rice will last somewhat indefinitely and brown rice will last 1 year or more (always double check for signs of spoilage just in case).

Did you know you can actually freeze cooked rice?

Store cooked rice in an air-tight freezer bag and it will last for up to 6 months. Simply bring out what you need and re-heat in the microwave, stove or an oven for a few minutes and you’re good to go! For optimal flavour add 2 Tbsp (30 ml) fluid (water or broth) per 1 cup cooked rice (250ml) when re-heating.

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What is the Nutritional Value of US-Grown Rice?

Nutritionally speaking, rice provides complex carbs for long lasting energy and contributes over 15 vitamins and minerals including potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, phosphorus, copper and B vitamins (1, 2, 3 & 6).

For those looking to keep their calories in check, one ½ cup cooked serving of rice is only 100 calories. A good rule of thumb is to reserve ¼ of your plate for whole grains such as brown rice.

Where does your rice come from?

Most of the rice we eat here in Canada comes from the USA.

Fun Fact!

The top 5 rice- producing states are: Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, California and Missouri.

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Are you feeding a family?

Kids tend to LOVE carbs. U.S.-grown rice is the perfect partner to pair with a variety of different meals, providing a foundation for different ethic flavours and diverse dietary patterns such as Asian, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mexican and Greek style meals.

We may not have the ability to travel internationally for quite some time now, so we might as well bring the culture of other countries into our own kitchens. Consider doing a theme night (my fave!) for a specific country and incorporate cultural music, DIY décor and of course your favourite ethnic meal from that country.

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USA Rice is one of the most versatile grains available. Coconut curry with rice is certainly the most common place you’ll see us using rice in our home. However, we also use rice with vegetarian chili, asian-inspired buddha bowls, soups and even dessert! Check out this recipe for gluten free espresso brownies from www.riceinfo.com

Gluten Free Espresso Brownies! https://riceinfo.com/recipe/gluten-free-brown-rice-espresso-brownies/

Tahini Edamame Rice Bowl https://riceinfo.com/recipe/tahini-edamame-rice-bowl/

Kale Brown Rice & Butternut Squash Salad https://riceinfo.com/recipe/kale-brown-rice-and-butternut-salad/

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