As we get ready to usher in 2024, it’s a good time to take a look back at the past year and the moments that made it special. For Minute® Rice it has been a privilege to provide you with the inspiration for simple yet creative meals that bring flavor to your dining table without taking up too much of your precious time. We believe that great-tasting food can also be quick and easy to make, affording you the time to go out and pursue the things you’re passionate about. In 2023, we’ve come up with an array of intriguing yet easy to make recipes to brighten up your year. So let’s look back now at some of Minute® Rice’s stand-out dishes in what was a truly great year for good food!
2023 – The Year of the Rice Bowl
One of the interesting trends that we have seen this year is the popularity of rice bowl recipes among our readers and followers and it’s no wonder! They make for terrific lunch and dinner ideas for those busy days when time is of the essence. Versatile and convenient, the world is really your oyster when it comes to rice bowls, as they work well with both meat and fish, or as vegan or vegetarian meal options. Take this California Grain Bowl for example, with just a few ingredients–Minute® Brown Rice & Quinoa Cups, sliced avocados, chickpeas, mixed lettuce–you get a wholesome, hearty meal that’s high in protein and fiber as well as being packed with flavor and crunch. Best of all, it’s ready in just 4 minutes!
Another popular rice bowl recipe for Minute® Rice this year has been our Asian-inspired Tandoori Cauliflower and Rice Bowl. Perfect for vegetarians and lovers of Indian cuisine, the recipe requires only 5 ingredients–cauliflower, greek yogurt, tandoori sauce, cilantro leaves and, most importantly, our new and delicious Cilantro & Lime Rice Cups. Ready in just 1 minute, they’re a great way to take a simple rice meal to the next level.
Delicious and Easy Breakfast Recipes
For many, breakfast is the most important meal of the day but it can be hard to find the time to make the morning meals we crave. Thankfully, at Minute® Rice we’ve been busy coming up with easy to make breakfast recipes that are tasty and filling, so that you start your day in the best way possible. Our Mini Banana Rice Pancakes were a big hit among the Minute® community this year. Needing only 10 minutes to prepare, they’re the perfect way to fuel your day’s adventures, and perhaps best of all, kids love them!
Then, for a breakfast bowl meal that’s super easy to prepare, our Honey Banana Nut Crunch is a must-try. Made with Jasmine Rice & Red Quinoa Cups, it’s a wholesome breakfast option that’s particularly suitable for those with a sweet tooth!
What’s your Flavorite?
2023 sure has been an exciting year for Minute® Rice Cups, as we launched 5 wonderful new flavors for you to enjoy. Ready in just 1 minute, and fully cooked and conveniently packaged in BPA-Free single serving cups, it’s no wonder these rice cups are taking the world by storm!
- Spanish Rice: Made with tomato, garlic, onion and other seasonings, these rice cups are perfect if you’re craving something Mediterranean or Mexican in style.
- Jasmine Rice & Red Quinoa: Fragrant and satisfying, try these rice cups with rice bowls, salads, or as a delicious filling in wraps and burritos.
- Jalapeño Rice: If you’re looking to add a little heat–but not too much!–to your meals then this flavor will be right down your alley!
- Butter & Sea Salt Jasmine Rice: Add comforting flavors to your meals with these rice cups. Perfect as a side to serve along with meat or fish, or as a stand-alone dish!
- Cilantro & Lime Jasmine Rice: Fragrant and zesty, these cups work great in rice bowls salads, or paired with a serving of your preferred protein option.
And if you’ve enjoyed these flavors, you’ll be thrilled to know that Minute® Rice Cups are just getting started. Stay tuned in 2024 for more exciting new flavors!
Perfect Party Snacks from Minute® Rice
Gathering friends and family around you as the year comes to a close is a great way to look back on the year that’s been and swap stories and anecdotes that will get everybody chuckling. Having party recipes in your repertoire is important for these occasions and that’s probably why our Dirty Martini Rice was such a hit in 2023. Made with perhaps the breakout star of the Rice Cup range, our Butter & Sea Salt Jasmine Rice Cups, it’s not only a delicious party snack, but its cute profile makes it perfect for sharing on Instagram!
Stuffed Peppers Recipe for Gatherings
Another popular recipe in the Minute community was our classic Stuffed Peppers. What better dish than this to put at the center of the dining table and have your guests help themselves. Made with ground beef, tomato sauce, fresh parsley and Minute® White Rice, it’s easy to prepare and always goes down well at gatherings.
Food for Thought
And with that we pass from one year to the next. We hope that the coming year is filled with all the things you enjoy most in life. If you enjoyed our recipes from 2023, then we’re happy to tell you there will be plenty more to come in 2024! Keep an eye on the blog for more delicious meal inspiration.