Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Cheddar Bacon rice ... stuff.

Last night i got home form work at about 9:30 determined that i was going to make something this morning for work dinner tonight. I am tired of the frozen meals, and they never really fill me. I am also very low on groceries since i have not been out since before Christmas (I have done it in years past, and decided to never again go to a store the 2 weeks leading up to and from Christmas), but i knew i had some chicken in the what to do with it? I want to try my new crock pot, but it is huge and i had no plans for company today. Either way, i went searching through my drawer with pre-packaged sides looking for something to go with the chicken. The conversation to myself went something like this:
"hmm, chicken...this rice looks good, but not bacon cheddar, why did i buy that? Some side-kicks, to much really...gravy...Ohhh, tootsie rolls, i forgot about those...(while chewing tootsie roll) what's this? A recipe...hmmm" so i ended up taking out the cheddar bacon rice (a flavour i am not wild about) and a package of hamburger, to make a recipe i found on the back of this package:

Cheddar and bacon beef skillet

1 pkg Uncle Ben's Fast & Fancy cheddar & bacon flavour rice.
1/2 Lb ground beef.
1/2 cup ketchup.
2 cups water.
1 Tbsp butter or margarine.

Brown beef in large skillet; drain. Add rice, spice package, water and ketchup. Stir; bring to a boil. Cover and let simmer for 15 to 17 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in butter and serve.

It tastes good, but i have to tell you, this stuff reeks while cooking. I don't know if it is the combination of the vinegar in the ketchup and the bacon-cheddar, but it stank! 

I did not add the butter or margarine, even draining the burger, this stuff looked really greasy after getting everything in. 

This was after everything went in, and it was just starting to boil. I covered it and went for my 10 minute workout. I just started using a new video Saturday, so this week i am only doing the ten minute warm up / cool down to ease myself into it.

This constitutes as a cover in my house. I haven't any pans with covers, so usually i dig out my trusty pizza pan when something needs a lid. I usually do not make home made pizza, so it is about the only use the lonely pan sees. 

It tastes good, it was certainly easy and quick to make, so if it fills me up for the evening, aside from the smell while cooking, this might just go into the re-make file, the next time these rice packets are on sale. They are not cheap!!  

Oh, it only called for a half pound of burger, my package was about 3/4 Lb so the rest i added some Parmesan and Mrs Dash and I am going to make a burger for lunch, yummy!! 


  1. I don't envy you trying to figure out dinner so late at night. You saved the day, though. It sounds like that quick mix made a pretty good meal.

  2. Thanks, I usually only buy the pre-packaged sides when they are on sale, and only keep them for last minute company, they make a great quick fix. this was my first time trying a recipe with one, though. And it made enough so i can have some more today :-)