Almond Rice Mix.

I love all of those great Rice-A-Roni boxed rices but they are just so overly salty.  Plus, with only two of us in the house, making a whole box always means throwing out half a batch of rice (we’re not big on leftovers).  This is a knock-off of one of those box rices, I’m not sure exactly which one, but it’s a great mix!

Ingredients:

¾ cup chicken bouillon granules
½ cup dried parsley
1 tbsp. basil
1 tbsp dill weed
2 tbsp, dried onion flakes
1 tsp seasoning salt
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
1 cup almonds, coarsely chopped (optional)

Instructions:

Mix together and store in an airtight container. When preparing rice, combine 1 cup rice, 2 cups water, and three tablespoons of the seasoning. Bring your water to a boil and add rice & seasoning. Reduce to simmer and cook for eighteen minutes.

Notes:

We LOVE this.  I can’t believe how good it tastes.  The almonds say they are optional, but I think they really make the whole recipe.  My plan for the next batch is to use the no-sodium chicken bouillon to make it even healthier for us, this version is still a little salty from the regular kind.  I also halve the final cooking amount for the two of us and it works out just perfect.  You also don’t have to add butter or oil like you usually do with the box rices and that makes it a little better for you.

Opinion:

Winner, hands down.  This will be a regular staple of our kitchen.

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