Growing up with an Asian mom, rice was a staple at the majority of our meals. One of my first kitchen appliances that I ever bought was a rice cooker so I could steam my own rice. Something about boiling rice in a pot just seemed wrong (although it’s a perfectly legitimate way to cook rice.) The only problem with both of these cooking methods is time. When you’ve got hungry people coming home from work, time is one thing you don’t have enough of. Fortunately, Uncle Ben’s has a line of ready-to-microwave rices that are ready to serve in just 90 seconds.
In addition to their Ready Rice, Uncle Ben’s has a line of Whole Grain medleys that help offer the health benefits of whole grain. Uncle Ben’s recently came out with two new varieties of medleys – Roasted Garlic and Chicken – that join their current Santa Fe, Brown & Wild, and Vegetable Harvest Medley Flavors, Uncle Ben’s recently came out with two new varieties of medleys.
There are so many great things about Uncle Ben’s Ready Whole Grain Medley’s that it’s hard to list them all. First, they are the easiest rices to cook. Simply separate the rice in the bag a little by squeezing the bag, then tear a small hole in the bag to vent. Throw it in the microwave and 90 seconds later you have a bag (about 2 cups) of perfectly seasoned, perfectly cooked rice. If you don’t have a microwave, you can also cook the rice in a skillet by stirring it with 2 tablespoons of water.
Except for being just a touch high in the salt content, Uncle Ben’s Ready Whole Grain Medleys are also a very healthy side dish. These are made with 100% Whole Grain, are cholesterol-free, and have 0 trans fat and no saturated fats. They are a great source of fiber, offering 3 or 4 grams of dietary fiber, as well as Niacin (20% DV), Thiamin (10/15% DV), and Folate (8%/15%.) A serving (1 cup) of the Chicken Medley is just 210 calories and a serving of the Roasted Garlic is just 200 calories.
Uncle Ben’s Ready Whole Grain Medley – Roasted Garlic
Uncle Ben’s Ready Whole Grain Medley – Roasted Garlic is brown rice, red and black quinoa, with garlic & herb seasoning.
I’ll be honest that I was a little worried when I pulled this bag out of the oven. The garlic smell was very strong and I was worried that it would taste just as powerful. All my worries went away with my first bite.The garlic flavor was definitely there, but it blended in with the rice and the herbs. I think the quinoa (the little black things that look like giant peppercorn) helped to add a hearty balance of flavor to the rice as well. The garlic flavor is definitely the star of this side dish.
Uncle Ben’s Ready Whole Grain Medley – Chicken Medley
Uncle Ben’s Ready Whole Grain Medley – Chicken Medley is whole grain brown rice, rye and red rice, with chicken & herb flavored seasoning.
I loved this rice from the first bite. It has a lovely chicken flavor that provides a savory taste to the rice. Interestingly the pieces of rye gave a nice slightly crunchy texture which was very pleasant. The chicken along with the herbs really made this rice taste like herb-roasted rotisserie chicken. The flavors are a little more subtle than the Roasted Garlic Medley.
After tasting both of these rices, there are really so many things that I love. Both rices cooked up perfectly in their pouches. Every grain of rice I ate was cooked perfectly – it was tender and moist, not dry-tasting like other brown rices I’ve had. I loved the flavors for both rices – they were each unique, distinct, and didn’t require any additional seasoning. They were wonderful sides that complimented both the steak and chicken dishes that I ate with them. There’s no question that they are convenient – 90 seconds and BAM.
The two new varieties are available for sale in stores nationwide for $2.29 SRP. For more information about Uncle Ben’s Ready Whole Grain Medleys, recipes, and other tips you can visit www.unclebens.com. The website is currently offering a coupon to save $0.75 off any two Uncle Ben’s rices.
What’s Cooking at DD Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain Medley Giveaway!
One winner will receive THREE pouches of EACH NEW VARIETY of Uncle Ben’s Ready Whole Grain Medley. That’s 3 pouches of Chicken Medley and 3 pouches of Roasted Garlic. YUM!
This giveaway ended on April 7, 2010 and is now closedl
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Disclaimer: This post consists of my (and/or fellow tester) opinions only. Your experiences may be different. No compensation was given for this review/giveaway. I did receive free Uncle Ben’s Ready Whole Grain Medley from the manufacturer or their representing PR agency to use and test for the purposes of this review. This did not affect the outcome of this review.