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Leftover Rice Cakes

Sometimes you just make too much rice. I like rice. It’s tasty. You can make fun dishes out of it. But sometimes taking care of all of the leftovers is challenging. After some experimenting I found the cure to my leftover rice boredom. Leftover rice cakes!

I first tired these after making a cuban dish that was so delicious but really produced a lot of rice. It’s hard to eat the same thing over and over. It had to be spiced up. Here is the outline of creating a great leftover rice cake. The specifics are really up to you. What kind of spices and vegetables do you like?
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Lentil Burger with Mango Salsa

I’ve been doing a lot of crafts with the girls that involve lentils. Now, I have a kitchen full of unused lentils. Having never been a fan of lentil soup, this is problematic. What can I do with them? I decided to look up the nutritional facts for lentils. I was hoping that they wouldn’t actually be that good for you. Then I could let them sit in my cupboard guilt-free. Of course, it is quite the opposite. One cup of cooked lentils contains 18 grams of protein and 36% of the daily value of iron. That is almost as much protein as a hamburger, with double the iron. Seemed simple to me. I needed to make them into burgers. I am now a reformed lentil disbeliever. It was yummy! Lentils, it turns out, really absorb the flavors and allow them to mix nicely. (more…)

Parmesan and Basil Orzo


This is a household favorite. It calls for very few ingredients and is adaptable for picky eaters. Cooking with orzo is really fun and the flavors in this dish are fantastic. I sometimes add ground turkey to make it a meal. Easy. What’s better than that? (more…)

Pepper Steak Hamburgers

Time to give your hamburgers a boost! With the recent warm weather, we have been eating outside daily, or as Riley would call it, having a picnic. Hamburgers are perfect for our “picnics,” but plain ones can get a little boring. I adapted my pepper steak recipe to add some extra flavor, and it turned out oh-so-delicious. (more…)