Sunday, March 17, 2013

Tex Mex Rice Cakes

Rice is so versatile you'd probably be hard-pressed to find a home pantry that didn't have any rice. The types of rice you'd find are another matter; there are so many from long-grain to short-grain to jasmine to arborio. Whatever the kind, one thing is certain, any rice is healthier for you if it's brown. To make white rice, the husk, bran and germ layers are removed taking with them B vitamins, iron, fiber and magnesium. Eating whole grains, like brown rice, is also linked with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. Where toddlers and young children are concerned, white rice (along with white pasta and potatoes) can cause hard stools and constipation - something that is not going to be pleasant for anyone! To be honest, it was actually C's digestion issues that really spurred my brown rice revolution! So now I'm trying to avoid white rice altogether, in all its forms (I even found a recipe for brown rice risotto that I have to try!). Today's recipe uses some of that nutritious, nutty brown rice in a rice cake that is almost as versatile as the rice itself!

*Note: The original recipe can be found at: Weelicious - Tex Mex Rice Cakes
I altered the recipe somewhat and am posting my version here.

Tex Mex Rice Cakes          Yield: About 18 patties
  • 3/4 cup uncooked brown rice (about 1 cup cooked)
  • 1/3 cup each: frozen corn, chopped bell peppers and chopped onions*
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 2 tablespoons canola or olive oil for cooking
Cook rice according to package directions. Place vegetables in a microwave-safe bowl and cook in microwave at 50% for 2-3 minutes (cook time may vary depending on your microwave) until vegetables are hot. Drain vegetables and place in a large mixing bowl along with the rice, bread crumbs, cheese, parsley, chili and eggs. Mix well with your hands.
Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Using a small cookie scoop, spoon mixture onto the hot skillet and flatten to form a patty. Cook patties 2 minutes on each side until golden brown.

*If using fresh vegetables, saute just until softened.

Wikipedia - Brown Rice
Web MD - White Rice vs. Brown Rice
Healthy Children


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