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This express rice is probably one of my favorites and definitely my staple dinner when I was working at a garage last year considering all we had to cook our food was either a kettle or a microwave. Is probably a revolution in student homes these days also due to its ease in preparation. I have even seen co workers eat it straight from the packet.
It definitely looks a lot more appealing than the fried rice that you get served in takeaways, the rice grains are generally larger and are a mild yellow colour instead of brown, the vegetables such as peppers and peas look juicy and the colour contrast of the two make the rice look very appetizing.
The rice tastes like it should, its fluffy and not chalky, the peas and peppers are sweet, however I find that if you do microwave it there is a slight plastic or synthetic twinge which put me off buying them eventually, though this can be avoided if you cook the rice as a stir fry for two minutes instead of in the microwave which I do when I am making it into a more interesting egg fried rice or turning it into a main as opposed to eating it as is as a side dish. It smells as rice should though again it does smell a little synthetic if cooked in the microwave. I always do worry a bit when you put plastic in a microwave hotter than 700W anyway in case it contaminates food though that may be me being a little OCD
Currently I would say that it is one of the most expensive express rice on the market at the moment, the last time I was at Sainsbury's they were offering 3 packs for £4.50 which is a little bit steep for me at the moment considering I am trying to cut back so that I can afford everyone's Christmas presents. You can buy the Sainsbury's own brand or Tilda express rice for 95p instead and to me there is really not much of a difference in the flavour or quality. The vegetables maybe don't look as bright but you can always add some frozen peas or mixed frozen veg to solve this problem and it will still likely cost less than the Uncle Bens brand.
Think Tesco sometimes has 3 packs for £3.50 too.
I'm reviewing Uncle Ben's EXPRESS golden vegetable rice.
It comes in a compact pouch style pack containing 250g,and the pack has an easy tear top and wide base for storing/standing upright.
It contains no artificial colours ,flavours or preservatives and cooks in 2 mins.
At present it costs £1 in Tesco (till the end of April),and usually costs not TOO much more than that.
=WHY I BOUGHT IT=
I always keep a few pks of this in the cupboard for those times when I need a quick cook accompaniment for a meal.
There is nothing complicated re content . It is simply long grain rice,carrots,red peppers,sweetcorn,lemon juice,peas,sunflower oil ,natural flavouring,onion powder,yeast extract,salt & spices.
So Uncle Ben (Mars foods) has done all the work regarding healthy ingredients & saved me a lot of time as well.
Preparing it is simple. You just tear one corner of the pouch back at the top and put it in the microwave for 2mins (in a 700W oven).....or 90secs in a 900W oven.No dish required because it cooks in the handy stand up pack .
Or it can be cooked on a hob by boiling approx two tbsps of water in a pan.....pour in the rice from the packet....and cover & simmer for 3 mins. Easy as that.
I tend to have home made curries stored in my freezer,so if I'm short on time for a meal I just defrost some of that & use this rice. It's also a lovely partner for fish of any kind,with my favourite at the moment being river cobbler from ASDA.....a cheap & delicious fish that can be bought bagged ready for the oven with your choice of lemon/pepper or garlic butter pat in the bag to add flavour.
I was going to delete one star because in truth some MIGHT find it bland,but personally I prefer a bland dish unfettered by rubbish additives to whoosh flavour into it.Especially accompanying a flavoursome curry. If you want it zingier then simply add your own taste to it with a dash of a favourite sauce or condiments. So the star stays ! :-)
I daresay rice aficionados might find the idea of these rice pouches sacrilegious,but for those of us who just want a quick healthy rice fix they seem ideal to me.
Apparently this is suitable for vegetarians too , so it will suit everyone with the right accompaniment.
Would I recommend it ? Yes,and I have done.
Thank you for reading & I hope my brief review was helpful.~~~myloh
The ultimate in convenience food with a great taste must be the Uncle Ben's Express rice range. They are so handy and so easy to make that really nothing could be simpler. They are very simple to make but I find them so handy to keep in the cupboard, especially this golden vegetable flavour as it really goes with anything. At the moment my favourite thing to serve it with is some steamed rice so you get quite a healthy meal and a tasty one at that too.
The rice comes in a sealed plastic pouch and has already been cooked. All you need to do is heat it up and then eat. The packets have definitely gone up in price since I began using them quite a few years ago. A pack usually costs £1.59 but at the moment in Sainsburys they are selling for £1 each so that is actually quite a good bargain at the moment. I always tend to buy a few of these packets each time I go shopping and store them in the cupboard so I always have some when I don't have much time to cook. The sell by and use by date is usually quite long on these so you can store them in your cupboard for quite a while
As I've said above, my favourite normal flavoured rice would have to be the express golden vegetable rice. I find I always have this one in the cupboard because it goes with everything. It has quite a nice smell to it to begin with. I like the fact that there are quite a lot of vegetables in it and you can really see them. There are in big pieces not just a few dotted around like some rices. It has quite a rich herby taste which is very pleasant. The rice has a nice yellow colour to it and a nice taste to it. The vegetables that you can see in it include bits of corn (which I have to pick out for my husband as he hates them) and red peppers.
The rice is incredibly easy to make. Like I said above it is already cooked so all you need to do is heat it up. There are two ways in which you can do this. The first way is in the microwave where you just open the packet a little bit at the top (no need for an extra dish so this cuts down on the washing up too) and heat on full power for 2 minutes. It's as simple as that. The other way is to heat it in a pan. You boil a small amount of water (about 2tbsp) and then add the rice to it, simmer it for about 3 minutes and then when all the water is absorbed the rice is done. I do find that the rice sticks together when you first get it out of the packet as it has been stuck in the packet so sometimes you just have to either squeeze the packet before opening to get the clumps apart or put a fork through them while the rice is in the pan. Either way, I think when you eat the rice you will be pleasantly surprised. I find it very tasty and pleasant and it's a great way to serve dinner on the run. Sometimes I find a few grains of the rice a bit tough but that gives it a nice consistency in my opinion.
I find one packet is good enough for two people to eat as a side dish. If you are looking to make a dinner purely based on rice with say some chicken in it then I would recommend perhaps one packet each. The only not so great part is that it perhaps has quite a few calories. Each packet has 250g in it. Half a packet contains 230 calories so if you ate a whole one yourself you would be eating 460 calories but I guess if you count this as an evening meal then it is not too bad.
My kids have started eating these too. I usually make one packet between the two of them but add lots of other vegetables to it and some bits of chicken too so they get a nicee filling but quick and easy meal. They love the taste and its easy for them to eat themselves without me having to feed them.
The nice thing is that the rice has no artificial colours, no artificial flavours and no artificial preservatives.
All in all a quick, convenient food that tastes good and people will enjoy.
So if you have not yet noticed by my other reviews I am quite lazy when it comes to cooking, and most other things, but mainly cooking. I've always liked uncle bens rice but never got it that often when I first moved out of home as you have to wait for the water to boil, wait for the rice - yes that lazy!! I eventually came across the express rice. A good thing about this rice is that it comes in a variety of flavours. However this review is for the golden vegetable flavour.
The packaging is really simple in a bright orange packet with Uncle Bens at the top. There is a picture of the type of rice that you choose on the front. On the back is a little about the product and how to cook. What I like is that it gives you a suggestion on what you can share the rice with. On the golden vegetable packet it suggests crusted cod. Personally I haven't tried it as I am not very fond of fish.
The rice is extremely easy to cook. Just tear open a 2cm gap at the top and pop in the microwave for 2 minutes. Alternatively you can cook on the hob for only 3 minutes. The rice is very golden and has a few veggies mixed in. These include pea's, sweetcorn and peppers. It's very soft and moist the rice and I think it tastes lovely. It's good to share with someone in a meal or you can have the whole packet like I do! There's 193 calories per 125g and that's just half a packet.
I really do like this rice as it tastes lovely and is very simple to cook. You can pick a packet up at around £1.60 at most supermarkets, but some do sometimes have them on offer for 2 for £3 or something similar. 4 stars for me the only reason it's not 5 is because I would prefer more vegetables!
I know it is a rather boring thing to review but I thought I would let people know how good I personally think this product is. Having always been a regular at the gym, I always wondered why I was not seeing the results I should be for the hours I was putting in.
After a chat with one of the nutrition experts at the gym it quickly became apparent that daily to run to the bakery for a Coronation Chicken Stick and Crisps (with the occasional Cornish Pastie) was doing me no favours. I was advised to cut out the bread and pastry's and have a Rice or Pasta as my carbohydrate and good source of Protein for lunch. Working in a small office at the time with only a microwave this could prove tricky. I started spending time in the evenings cooking batches of rice adding a few Peas and bits and taking to work with either a tin of Tuna or cooked Chicken Breast. This was very bland and very boring and took a fair bit of preparation time.
A few weeks into this I stumbled across Uncle Bens Express Golden Vegetables Rice whilst doing the weekly Tesco run. These were priced at £1.68 each or 3 for £4 which although a bit more expensive than cooking were certainly worth a try. Two minutes in the microwave Vs 20 minutes cooking and then the washing up.
I have been using this ever since (Mr Ben's has a whole host of flavours). I find them very tasty which is surprising as I am not a massive fan of Microwave food. The Vegetables really do add flavour to the normally plain Rice. The rice does not stick together, a problem I always have when I cook rice myself. For me thought the major selling point is the ease and the lack of preparation time simply squeeze the packet to separate the rice, tear the top of the sachet and heat in the microwave for 2 minutes. The result, tasty piping hot rice.
I use this purely for a lunchtime alternative to bread but they would certainly be useful to have in the cupboard for an evening meal if you don't feel like cooking. They have a Pilau or Chinese flavour which would go well with a Curry, boiled to accompany a Chilli and a number of others.
Now for the nutritional bit, I won't bore you by just listing everything but half a packet contains 188 calories and 2.6 grams of Fat. The rice is low in sugar and salt and contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. It is supposed to serve 2, but I must admit I still like to say I am a growing lad and have a whole sachet which is just about the right amount for me.
I would recommend this to anybody who wants tasty rice and does not like cooking it or have the time to cook.
Being a university student, and being in catered halls where ovens and hobs are non-existant, this seemed like the perfect solution.
2 minutes in the microwave and you're good to go. I was surprised at how easy it was. Previous microwave rice products that I'd tried were not so good as you had to add water. And let's just say, it never went according to plan.
With Uncle Ben's microwave rice, you rip a 2cm opening, pop it in the microwave for 2 minutes (for 700W settings), et voila! Rice!
It's really been a saviour for my rumbling stomach, especially on long days after lectures where I can not be bothered with much else.
Golden Vegetable is probably my favourite flavour. It actually tastes like normal rice, and the vegetables are a healthy bonus. With the exception of this and the chicken flavour one, I have to say that I'm not a fan of the other flavours. I think too much flavour gets added to all the others. Whereas with this one, it's quite fresh.
I have already waxed lyrical in a previous review about how much I love the Uncle Ben's Express Rice range, as it is quick, easy to cook and yummy. This review is specifically for the Golden Vegetable variety of the rice, which is one of my favourites.
The Express Rice comes in an orange pouch that you just pop in the microwave for two minutes to cook. That's really all there is to it, apart from remembering to tear a two cm gap in the top of the packet first, so that the packet doesn't explode from steam whilst in the microwave!
When the rice is cooked it has a lovely golden colour to it and it is dotted with little red, orange, green and yellow coloured bits of vegetables. These are peppers, carrots, peas and sweetcorn, and they make the rice look really appetising.
When you taste the rice it is really lovely. It has a soft, moist texture to it and the vegetables are all really well cooked with no hard or chewy bits. The only disappointment is that if you are expecting loads of vegetables you will be saddened, as there are only a few pieces and they make up only 10 per cent of the rice in total. There's certainly not enough here to make up one or probably even half of one of your five a day. However their presence does make the rice tastier and more attractive so I don't mind that there's not too many.
This rice has only 188 calories, 0.8 grams of sugar and 2.6 grams of fat per half packet or 125 grams. However if you are only having it with a small accompaniment then you might want to eat the whole packet of rice so you will be consuming twice those values. Even so, that's not too bad for a main meal.
The rice is currently part of a 3 for £3 offer at Asda, or you can buy a single pack there for £1.37. I would definitely recommend picking up a few pouches whilst they are on offer, especially as you can mix and match them with other flavours if you like!
As part of my Christmas "buffet" I decided to serve rice to accompany the Chilli we had made. Convenience was key, but also great tasting rice was essential. More than ever so that Mother Lools would be visiting, who is quite a fussy food critic. I'm pleased to say that my rice of choice Uncle Bens Express Golden Vegetable Rice stood up to this test... and got the seal of approval.
The Uncle Ben's Golden Vegetable Express Rice is in similar packaging to other rice from the Uncle Ben's express rice range. This is a bright orange 250g pouch with the Uncle Ben's logo on the front.
Golden Vegetable is written on the front of the packaging, in addition to an image of the rice .
The cooking instructions are on the packaging. You can cook in the microwave on full power (750W) for 2 minutes. The rice is cooked in the pouch all you need to do is open a slight slit on the top of the packaging. This is very easy and convenient and it means that you do not have any additional bowls or washing up to do.
You can also boil the rice in a small amount of water (about 3tbsp) and let it simmer for about 3 minutes. The rice absorbs all of the water and it ready to eat. I think this is fiddlier and this defeats the object of this being a "convenience" food.
Per 250g pack this is £1.59 in Asda. I think that this is relatively expensive for a rice product as each pack provides two portions or three very small portions. But this is a "convenience" product which in general are usually more expensive. If you are on a budget this is not the product for you especially if you are planning on serving to more than two people.
Tesco currently have a special offer on Uncle Ben's Express Rice. Offering 3 packets for £3.50.
***Uncle Ben's Golden Vegetable Express Rice***
Once heated on opening the pouch you are met with a delicious scent of the Golden Vegetable Rice. This is quite a subtle savoury aroma of cooked rice with a slightly sweet scent to it.
The rice is quite plump looks full of moisture without looking soggy. The rice is a golden yellow colour and has peas, peppers and sweetcorn within the rice. There is not an excessive amount of vegetables within the rice but a generous portion.
The taste of the rice is delicious and a lot more subtle than some of the other rice products fro the Express range. The rice has a savoury flavour to it which is slightly salty but not excessively salty. The vegetables within the rice add a slight sweetness to the rice.
The texture of the rice is perfect. This rice is soft without being soggy and yet firm enough but not under cooked. The vegetables within the rice are cooked so they are soft but not over cooked so you can still taste the flavour of them within the rice.
Per 125g serving (half pack)
37.5 g carbohydrate
Nutritionally the rice is reasonably good for you if eaten as a side dish. The salt content is on the high side however and a portion if this rice is a quarter of an adults recommended salt intake for the day. This is hidden and shown on the packaging as sodium (0.6g) which looks lower but when shown as actual salt content is considerably higher.
The Golden Vegetable Rice is my favourite flavour from the Uncle Ben's Express range and is an easy quick tasty rice. This is perfect to have as a snack or to accompany meals. The rice is soft but still firm without feeling undercooked. The rice has a lovely savoury taste and there are lots of vegetables within the rice that are cooked just right and are not soggy like you might expect.
This is a relatively expensive product due to the convenience at £1.59 per pack especially as the portion size is reasonably small.
The rice is very easy to prepare and in 3 minutes you end up with tasty rice, full of vegetables, with a perfect texture without any mess or washing up.
I love this Express Rice from Uncle Ben's, most of the range is proper nice but I have the Golden Vegetable one the most often because Home Bargains sell it for 79p a pack instead of the £1.80 odd that it costs in the supermarket.
It's dead easy to do, you just open the pack and microwave it for 2 mins. As soon as the microwave goes off the rice is ready to put on your plate and start eating.
It looks nice, the rice has got a fresh look about it and the colours of the vegetables makes it look better too. There are more peas in it than I thought there would be when I first had this rice but they're cooked proper nice and have a wicked fresh flavour. I'm not mad keen on the bits of red pepper because I don't like pepper that much but there's not a lot in it and I don't think the red pepper has got much flavour either, that's good for me but not so good if you love this vegetable! lol
I think the rice cooks good, if you put it on someones plate that didn't know it had been nuked they'd never guess I don't think. The rice has all seperated and it doesn't look all clumpy like it did before it was cooked.
Each pouch of rice will do 2 people who don't like a lot of rice. Me and my sister are the only ones that like this Uncle Bens rice and because we only have a couple of spoons each the pouch is fine. If my dad ate this he'd need a full pouch to himself because he always has loads of rice on his plate.
I deffo think this Golden Vegetable rice is worth the money and worth you trying too. The rice has got that yummy pilau fluffy taste that makes eating rice more interesting, also the vegetables do give it a proper nice flavour that I wasn't expecting the very first time I tried it.
Recommended, especially if you can get it cheap somewhere!
For over 50 years now Uncle Ben's have been producing rice and rice meals of superb quality at highly affordable prices. Uncle Ben's Express Golden Vegetable Rice is a fine example of this. It is simple microwaveable rice that can also be prepared on the hob that is simply brimming with golden vegetable flavour. The aroma is also superb and highly appetizing. The bag doesn't just contain rice either, oh no... You'll also find well-cooked and high quality peoples of white meat and even a small array of seasonings, which are not overpowering, but certainly add a real zing to the dish.
The rice itself is a very aesthetically pleasing colour, and the consistency makes it appear incredibly tasty, a promise it certainly delivers. Especially since most rices of this kind sometimes go a little bit mushy or inconsistent after microwave cooking. Its also very cheap, and I've found it goes exceptionally well with fish or white meat meals, as well as a great standalone light meal. Wholeheartedly recommended to all rice aficianados.
This is an excellent example of Turbo-Food, since it is a great, tasty, filling meal that can be prepared in a 850W microwave in just over two minutes! The texture is fluffy and it is also very easy to digest. It can be eaten hot or cold and I have found that there is not even any need to add salt or pepper, since it is very flavourful indeed.
Nutritional information Follows:
Per 125g per 100g
Energy 795 kl/ 636 kl/
188 kcal 150 kcal
Protein 4.3g 3.4g
Carbohydrate 37.5g 30.0g
Of which is sugars 0.9g 0.7g
Fat 2.4g 1.9g
Of which saturates 0.4g 0.3g
Fibre 0.9g 0.7g
Sodium 0.6g/645mg 0.5g/ 516mg
Uncle Ben's EXPRESS RICE
Uncle Ben's have been producing rice for over 50 years. They have a vast range of products and the Express Rice range is one of their newest and cleverest products.
I have been using their products for many years. I have also found their website (www.unclebens.co.uk) useful for ideas and information on products and recipes.
What makes this range so popular is the speed of which it can be prepared and the quality of its taste. In today's busy world trying to prepare healthy well balanced meals in a hurry can be difficult. Uncle Ben's Express range will provide the carbohydrates needed within minutes, whilst guaranteeing a delightful taste feast.
The Express range has 12 different flavours that have been inspired by exotic flavours from all over the world. These are:
Long Grain and Wild,
Thai Sweet Chilli
Special Fried Rice
Chinese Vegetable Pilau
I have often used the Golden Vegetable, Savoury Chicken and Special Fried Rice due the quickness of being able to prepare this part of a stable diet.
At the moment I have quiet a collection of this range because they are on offer in my local CO-OP at 3 packets for £3.50.
The whole range of Uncle Ben's Express Rice come in a bright, Orange plastic package. This has been sealed in a protective atmosphere to ensure healthy and safety measures are met. What I particularly like is the display pictures on the front. Each variety shows beautifully displayed ingredients that reflect the particular flavour contained within the package. Beside the ingredient is a large bowl flaunting the tantalising product complete and ready for you to enjoy.
Under Uncle Ben's big, blue, bold title is the famous picture of the gentleman whose face represents Uncle Ben with their logo 'PERFECT EVERY TIME'.
I personally do agree with this catch phase, as with all these products (including the boil in the bag range) perfection has always been the final result.
All of the flavours mentioned above contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. So everyone trying to balance a busy life and healthy diet can be happy knowing this is a great meal or as an accompaniment.
Each packet weighs 250g.
There are 2 methods for cooking the rice and both are quick and easy.
These cooking instructions are clearly set out on the back of the package. The microwave instructions are so simple, with the aid of little pictures, that a 4 yr could cook this meal. Not that I would recommend you send your little ones off to do the tea on their own. However, Mr Couch Potato (now very happy the footie had started), even you can cook a meal during half time.
I must admit I also use the Microwave method because of the ease and lack of dishes needed. You literally cook it in the bag for 2 minutes.
However, if you don't own a microwave you can use the good old pan on hob method. This too is clearly set out explaining how much water to use and how to cook the rice.
To complete the information given on the rear of the packets, each variety has its own Nutritional value chart, information on whether its suitable for vegetarians and then a list of all ingredients.
The charts all give the typical value in 125g or 100g. This makes is very easy to work out your intake if you are going to eat the whole packet as a main meal.
I have also found this very helpful when working out the POINTS system for WEIGHTWATCHERS. For those on Weightwatchers points system each sachet as a whole meal is 5 ½ points which is equivalent to some of their suggested meals (and tastier).
To help give you an idea of the information on the charts I have listed the Nutritional value for the Golden Vegetable Rice, Mushroom Rice & Savoury Chicken Flavour Rice so you can see for yourselves that they don't vary that much.
GOLDEN VEGETABLE RICE
Per 125g per 100g
Energy 795 kl/ 636 kl/
188 kcal 150 kcal
Protein 4.3g 3.4g
Carbohydrate 37.5g 30.0g
Of which is sugars 0.9g 0.7g
Fat 2.4g 1.9g
Of which saturates 0.4g 0.3g
Fibre 0.9g 0.7g
Sodium 0.6g/645mg 0.5g/ 516mg
Per 125g per 100g
Energy 833 kl/ 666 kl/
196 kcal 157 kcal
Protein 4.1g 3.3g
Carbohydrate 39.8g 31.8g
Of which is sugars 0.6g 0.5g
Fat 2.4g 1.9g
Of which saturates 0.4g 0.3g
Fibre 0.6g 0.5g
Sodium 0.5g/534mg 0.4g/ 427mg
SAVOURY CHICKEN FLAVOUR RICE
Per 125g per 100g
Energy 764 kl/ 611 kl/
180 kcal 144 kcal
Protein 3.6g 2.9g
Carbohydrate 36.4g 29.1g
Of which is sugars 1.1g 0.9g
Fat 2.3g 1.8g
Of which saturates 0.4g 0.3g
Fibre 0.8g 0.6g
Sodium 0.4g/321mg 0.3g/ 257mg
As you can see the differences are very slight.
COOKING - THE GOLDEN VEGETABLE RICE
As previously mentioned I have always used the microwave method. After cutting a small tear ( about 3cm) in the top of the pack you simply pop it in the micro and zap it for 2 mins at 700watts.
I would recommend that you are careful when pulling back the rest of the strip because the steam coming out can be very hot.
The Golden vegetable flavour, I must admit is probably the least attractive of all the varieties. I say this because there never seemed to be many peas, sweetcorn or red peppers to give it the vibrant colourful sight of the picture on the front. I have on some occasions added more peas and corn to overcome this. However, the rice in a beautiful golden colour and looks soft and fluffy.
My daughter always likes to add salt to these packs but I don't feel they need it. The taste obviously varies with each type, but all have a good texture to the rice itself. I have also found that the vegetables added are not overcooked or tasteless.
The pilau rice flavours in particular are really tasty and full of spices.
The chicken rice has good quality pieces of the while meat that are tender and not overcooked.
The rice has a good soft texture that is fluffy to the mouth. I couldn't believe that all my children enjoy this so it makes a great meal for all in the flash of a ping.
I would recommend this product to all who like rice. It is so simple to cook and the variety of tastes reflect the colourful appearances that will brighten up any meal.
The nutritional value contributes well to the stable diet and the quickest helps those with the busiest of lives.
I hope you have found my review useful and have enjoyed the read.
Many thanks - also on ciao
I enjoy reviewing food on Dooyoo. But generally, because it's food, it has to be something I love, or something I dislike because at the end of the day food is food and it will always come down to a matter of personal preference. But this rice isn't all its cracked up to be. I'm quite the food lover, but I do not always have the time to cook everything from scratch.
As a family we eat quite a lot of rice. But until now it's always been the boiled variety. I decided to give this a go. You tear a slit in the side of the pack and place in the microwave for around 2 minutes. This is very good for convenience. Rice is quite adaptable and goes with a lot of different types of food so I can see the appeal of a healthy meal at speed. However, sadly I found the rice quite dry, relatively flavourless and it sticks together in one big lump. I would imagine its ok if you have it with something else strong in flavour, like curry. But I chose to eat it with chicken.
It costs around £1.68 depending on where you get it and I often find it is part of price promotions. This is quite costly in comparison to your standard plain boiled rice. However I have brought this since. I find it useful for my daughter, who likes plain flavours, and it's very quick. It provides a healthier substitute for chips on nights when I am rushed. The packet size provides a decent sized snack for one, or as part of a meal for two.
In summary I would recommend this to a friend but not if they were using it to make an impressive meal. It's quick and I think very good for children who would usually get chips with their nuggets!
I have bought this product on one or two occasions over the last few months for when I need a quick meal and can't be bothered to cook rice the regular way. The cost of the packet is around £1.50 in supermarkets, which is quite expensive for a pack of rice that only does one meal, but for ease this is not too bad a price to have to pay. The taste is what you would expect from most microwaveable foods - distinctly average and often full of moisture. Still, this is just rice and not a full meal so I will be fair - it didn't lack taste any more than boiled rice would. The flavouring was a little uneven - in some mouthfuls the taste would be really strong and in other mouthfuls barely there, and overall tasted like the kind of flavouring you get in Chicken Super Noodles.
Had I continued with this uneventful series of meals with this rice I would probably not have bothered to review, but what made me want to share my experience with the Dooyoo community is my last packet of rice (and trust me that will be my last). I opened the packet (which was well within its best before date) to find that the entire contents were a white/green colour and matted together with mould! As per the instructions on the packet, I resealed and sent the product back to the lucky post room staff at Uncle Bens to never receive a response.
Had I not had this experience I would most likely still be buying this average product for ease, but I will certainly never touch it again.
well Today I am going to review Uncle bens Whole grain with Mediterranean vegetable rice, As this is the most closely related category I found I have decided to put it in here as its pretty much the same,
Well uncle bens is a well established brand and has been seen on the supermarket shelf's for many years, With all kinds of rice, And they usually are in a distinctive orange packaging, all the rice I have came across from uncle bens has been of a good standard and it is a brand I would recommend, With a wide choice of favours which normally go well with curries,
However the new 2 minute microwaveable ones are not the sort of rice you would put with curries but would eat with chicken dishes and they usually have a great favour, My favourite if the Mediterranean rice hence why I am reviewing it, I personally have it with fish cakes for a quick and easy meal. (I know I like weird combinations)
This rice is not your average microwavable rice but actually has favour and for once doesn't taste of nothing and have the texture of melted plastic,(advice to you all don't over cook the 2 minutes the rice will turn hard and lose its texture) But actually like normal cooked over the hob rice with a mixture of added vegetables which I am not normally a big fan on, But with this they taste great!
Uncle bens express rice now comes with no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives ,which can only be a benefit, and all this is only 2 minutes cooking time, I have also noticed that's the supermarket are trying to make there own versions of this express rice, But the own brand egg fried express rice I have tasted was not in the same league as uncle bens it tasted like tea, A very weird favour!!
I would recommend the express rice if you are permanently in a rush and your cooking skills are a little lacking, It has easy to follow instructions printed on the back of the packet for those of you who don't know how to work a microwave or you can just cook it on the hob but that does take an extra minute. It can serve up to 2 people if you only want a nice light meal.
(suitable for vegetarians). But be warned this rice is quite pricey and every time I go to the supermarket the price just keeps on going up, there about £1.65!!! but are currently on promotion at Tesco's for £1.25 if you buy 3 so i have stocked up for them hard times.
Nutrition information : (per 100g)
Carbohydrates: 27.2g (great if you like running)
Carb of which is sugars: 1.5g
Fat of which is the nasty saturates: 1.4g
Sodium (Salt): 0.4g
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Why is it that time when you're not working goes so much faster than when you are?
It was this question that prompted me to think of a way to have a sufficient lunch in a 15 or 20 minute break, whilst being able to relax and avoid the risk of indigestion. I hunted high and low for a solution to my problem - from running out to the local food store and gobbling every last crumb in about five minutes, to cuppa soups that burnt my insides from trying to eat them quickly enough. But then my mum suggested I try Uncle Ben's Express Rice.
I found it hard to believe that this rice would be any good, seeing as they obviously had to half boil the rice at least before it stood in the packet for an age waiting for you to taking your chances on it. And then it had to be drowned in flavour at the bottom by the time the sauce/flavouring had all settled there.
But as I'm willing to try almost anything once, I took one to work (which just happened to be the Golden Vegetable flavour) and come lunchtime I was so hungry I was praying I would be suitably impressed.
I followed the instructions on the packet, mixing the rice about by massaging the packet, and ripping a two centimetre hole in the top to let the steam and moisture escape. I set the microwave to two minutes, and endulged myself in some pointless gossip magazines until a tantalising smell and the obligatory 'ping' of the microwave signaled my rice was ready for me.
To save time I decided to eat the rice straight from the packet, rather than put it on a plate which would make it colder. I ripped the rest of the top of the packet of and dipped my fork into the rice, which by now was a pale shade of yellow, and dotted with green peas, yellow sweetcorn and red peppers.
Uncle Ben's name and logo came from the American slave trade, when white people used to call black workers "Uncle". Although it was later seen as patronising and demeaning and eventually whittled out, there was one Texan rice grower who went by the name of "Uncle Ben". Apparently his rice was so good, his name was taken to represent the rice range created by Masterfoods and Mars inc.The other flavours in the Uncle Ben's Express Rice range are:
* Long Grain And Wild
* Thai Sweet Chilli
* Special Fried
* Savoury Chicken
* Long Grain
* Egg Fried
* Vegetable Pilau
* Lemon and Rosemary
* Garlic and Coriander
* Tomato and Basil
* Spicy Mexican Rice
* Wholegrain and Vegetables
Facts About This Particular Flavour
At only 148 calories per 100g, Uncle Ben's Express Golden Vegetable Rice makes for an extremely satisfying meal for one, or is very complimentary to a meal for two. It is also comforting to know that there are no added colours, flavours or preservatives.
Nutritional Values per 100g
Energy - 630kJ, 148 kCals
Protein - 3.3(g)
Carbohydrates - Total 29.7 (g), Sugars 0.6 (g)
Fat - Total 1.8 (g), Sat 0.3 (g)
Fibre - 0.6 (g)
Salt - 0.6 (g)
Allergens / Derivatives
Cows Milk - No
Eggs - No
Soya - No
Wheat/Gluten - No
Animal Products - No
Yeast - Yes
Uncle Ben's Express Rice is approximately 90-odd pence in the majority of food stores, and is currently on promotion in a number of supermarkets including Sainsburys and Tescos, who are running 3 for 2 promotions.
I was so pleased by this flavour, I have since sampled the savoury chicken and mexican flavours as a result. Each type has a very distinct fllavour and is very filling, sometimes even beyond supper time for me! It also smells great, unlike some ready meals, meaning my colleagues are always tempted by it as well. These are well worth the money, and highly recommended to anyone looking for a filling meal in a short space of time, with almost no effort involved!
(As written for Ciao.co.uk)
Uncle Ben's Express Golden Vegetable Rice is tasty and savoury.