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Recipes Using Convenience Seasoning Mixes For Rice
Convenience Seasoning Mixes For Rice
Curry Mix
Beef Mix
Chicken Mix
Spanish Rice Mix
Pre-Mix Flavorings

Convenience Seasoning Mixes For Rice

Part of Saving Money With Homemade Convenience Mixes

Originally prepared by Nellie Hedstrom, Extension nutrition specialist
Revised and updated by Statewide Nutrition and Physical Activity Educator Kate Yerxa

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Saving Money With Homemade Convenience Mixes provides recipes for master convenience mixes that you can make and keep on hand. These mixes are healthier and less expensive than the packaged convenience mixes you buy in the store, and allow you to control the amount of fat, sodium, sugar and additives in your foods without sacrificing the convenience of a mix. There are 15 master convenience mixes, each with recipes you can make from the mix:

  1. All-Purpose Convenience Mix
  2. Whole Wheat Convenience Mix
  3. Corn Bread Convenience Mix
  4. Rolled Oats Convenience Mix
  5. Hot Cocoa Convenience Mix
  6. Convenience Spaghetti Sauce Seasoning Mix
  7. Convenience Taco Seasoning Mix
  8. Convenience Chili Seasoning Mix
  9. Convenience Meat Loaf or Meatball Seasoning Mix
  10. Convenience Seasoning Mixes For Rice
  11. Convenience Seasoned Coating Mix for Meat, Fish, and Poultry
  12. Convenience Seasoned Cornmeal Coating Mix for Meat, Fish, and Poultry
  13. Convenience Salt-Free Seasoning Mix
  14. Basic Oil and Vinegar Dressing Mix
  15. High-Fiber Convenience Snack Mix

Convenience Seasoning Mixes For Rice

Below are recipes for making rice flavoring mix. Add 1 packet of mix to 1 cup brown rice, 2 1/2 cups water. Bring water, rice, and seasoning to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 50 minutes or until the water is absorbed. 1 cup of uncooked brown rice makes about 3 cups of cooked rice.

To use white rice instead of brown rice, reduce the water to 2 cups and reduce the cooking time to 20 minutes.


Curry Mix Food Recipe Nutrition Facts

Curry Mix Nutrition Facts

Curry Mix per half cup serving of rice Food Recipe Nutrition Facts

Curry Mix Per Half Cup Serving of Rice Nutrition Facts

Curry Mix

Mix 1/2 cup instant onion, 3 table-spoons curry powder, 3 tablespoons low-sodium chicken bouillon granules, 1 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric. Place in container. Use 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon mix for each recipe.

Makes 6 recipes.

Curry Mix Nutrition Facts [Word]

Curry Mix Per Half Cup Serving of Rice Nutrition Facts [Word]


Beef Mix Food Recipe Nutrition Facts

Beef Mix Nutrition Facts

Beef Mix per rice serving Food Recipe Nutrition Facts

Beef Mix Per Half Cup Rice Serving Nutrition Facts

Beef Mix

Combine 3 tablespoons low-sodium beef bouillon granules, 1/2 cup instant minced onion, 1/2 cup parsley flakes. Place in container. Use 2-1/2 tablespoons mix for each recipe.

Makes 6 recipes.

Beef Mix Nutrition Facts [Word]

Beef Mix Per Half Cup Rice Serving Nutrition Facts [Word]


Chicken Mix Food Recipe Nutrition Facts

Chicken Mix Nutrition Facts

Chicken Mix per rice serving Food Recipe Nutrition Facts

Chicken Mix Per Half Cup Rice Serving Nutrition Facts

Chicken Mix

Combine 3 tablespoons low-sodium chicken bouillon granules, 1/2 cup parsley flakes, 1 tablespoon celery flakes, 1/2 cup instant minced onion, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place in a container. Use 3 tablespoons mix for each recipe.

Makes 6 recipes.

Chicken Mix Nutrition Facts [Word]

Chicken Mix Per Half Cup Rice Serving Nutrition Facts [Word]


Spanish Rice Mix Nutrition Facts

Spanish Rice Mix Nutrition Facts

Spanish Rice Mix Per Half Cup Rice Serving Nutrition Facts

Spanish Rice Mix Per Half Cup Rice Serving Nutrition Facts

Spanish Rice Mix

Combine 1 tablespoons instant minced onion, 1/4 cup parsley flakes, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon turmeric. Store in a container. Use 1/4 cup mix for each recipe.

When using this seasoning mix, add one 14 ounce can of stewed tomatoes along with 1 cup of rice and 2 1/2 cups of water.

Makes 4 recipes.

Spanish Rice Mix Nutrition Facts [Word]

Spanish Rice Mix Per Half Cup Rice Serving Nutrition Facts [Word]


Pre-Mix Flavorings

Mexican Flavoring:
Cumin powder is an important ingredient for Mexican flavoring. Cayenne pepper can be added for the hot taste and the red color. To make a milder recipe and still maintain the color, try blending some cayenne pepper and paprika. Add both cumin and chili powder to onion when it is being sautéed.
Italian Flavoring Nutrition Facts 

Italian Flavoring:
Combine 6 tablespoons basil, 2 tablespoons oregano, 1 tablespoon thyme and keep package in a dry container. Add about 1 teaspoon per cup of tomatoes, tomato sauce or puree, or add to taste. Makes 27 teaspoons.Italian Flavoring Nutrition Facts [Word]


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