Rice is a totally underappreciated lunch box item.
It can be healthy. It can be cooked the night before. It can be flavored any way you like. It can be combined with just about anything.
And on days such as today — when the high is going to barely reach 18 F — it can be packed nice and toasty in a thermos.
I generally keep a blend of brown and wild rices on hand. I just go to the bulk section and buy bags of several long and short grain brown rices, a few varieties of wild rices, and whatever else strikes me. When I get home, I dump them all together in a container, then scoop it out and cook it as I would traditional brown rice.
Parker loves it, especially when I sprinkle it with soy sauce (though he’ll also happily eat it plain).
It’s also easy to cook unattended. I generally combine 1 cup of rice with 2 cups of liquid (sometimes water, sometimes broth), bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to simmer. Let it go for 25 minutes, then turn off the heat and let it sit for another 15 to 20 minutes. Done.
We had the rice with chicken and winter squash curry for dinner last night. Sadly, there were no curry leftovers for this morning. So instead I combined the leftover rice with the last of the leftover sausages and a sprinkle of soy sauce.
To round out the lunch, I added a star fruit, some blueberries and a peanut butter-graham cracker sandwich (sprinkled inside with just a hint of sugar).
For today’s lunch box giveaway, I have a very cool — and pretty large — bento box. I really like this design. It’s not one of those dainty boxes, some of which aren’t big enough to feed my cat. This one is about dinner plate size. Parker would totally approve.
So as before, leave a comment. You have until midnight tonight. Parker will pick a winner at breakfast tomorrow. Good luck!