Of all the random things, Influenster sent me a bag of Uncle Ben's Chicken & Herb Flavor Infusions to try. I generally stick with jasmine rice, my favorite of the rices, and stray from flavored rices.
I decided to try a version of the recipe on the back which basically entailed cooking some chicken and then adding some veggies and rice to the skillet. Gotta love a one-dish meal!
I didn't have the veggies they recommended, so I just tossed in some broccoli I had on hand and of course topped it off with cheese at the end.
I found it convenient that there was no flavor packet to add. I did not find the flavor infusion to be very intense or exceedingly delicious, but over all it was a good product. In the effort of keeping my cabinets streamlined, I will probably not pick up this Uncle Ben's product in the future. I will likely keep buying my favorite jasmine rice and adding my own spices and flavors to customize my meal. However, if you're not into that and need something that is convenient takes some of the guess work out of cooking then you may like this. :o)
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I have an issue with buying magazines.
The issue is (besides that is seems wasteful since you an access everything online these days anyways) that every time I pay for a magazine subscription I have to cancel it at the end.
Common sense, right? Well, that's not the issue. It's the hassle I always get in the process of canceling. Lack of a phone number, excessive time on the phone and then my bank account gets charged anyway! 😡
Thus, I usually end with contacting my bank and the lovely people at PNC give me no hard time about canceling that withdrawal, instantly placing the money back in my account, and duking it out with the magazine people for me. Thanks, PNC! You're swell..
But, all that aside.. I do sometimes like the act of flipping through the magazine, tearing a page out, writing on it, spilling food on it as I cook etc. Hence, when I found an absurdly cheap price for half a life time of Rachael Ray's magazine (I think it was like... $20 for 5 years? It was a LONG time ago, so that is a truly random guess.) I decided to go against my better judgement and order it.
and...Voila! The result to you is now some more recipe reviews from the December 2014 issue. And a long, unnecessary rant.
I am starting with a recipe for Italian Bean and Tortellini Soup!
I found this to be quick and easy and most importantly - delicious! My photo is above, the recipe and my minor adjustments below.
Check it out:
I've got to apologize for the recipe uploads, I hope you can read them. My scanner is acting up and I like the way the page looks versus the same recipe on various websites I have found... Okay, so maybe I actually really love magazines...
~ I used a can of beans instead of dried beans. This cuts (literally) hours off of the cook time. 🎈
~ I only had on hand regular diced tomatoes, so I added a miscellaneous amount of italian herbs.
~ Did not have raisins, so I did not use them
~ Forgot to crush the fennel, but very much appreciated the addition of this interesting flavor.
~ Bought tortellini from the local Aldi, located in the refrigerated section, not the freezer. I bought the 3 cheese variety.
This was delightful! Hearty, healthy (i think! After all, I did add the extra spinach in ) 😉 and fast!
Topped with some beautiful freshly shaved parmesan and some buttered/toasted bread and you have yourself a perfect cold-weather midweek meal.
Hope you enjoy this too!
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