Product Type: Uncle Bens Food
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Quick vegetable rice
Uncle Ben's Express Golden Vegetable Rice
Member Name: Whizz11
Uncle Ben's Express Golden Vegetable Rice
Advantages: Tasty, quick
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.
Summary: Uncle Ben's rice
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