Twelve Days of Healthy Holidays: Day 10 – “Winter Spiced Rice Mix” Gift

Day 10 of The Fit Fridge’s Twelve Days of Healthy Holidays spreads comfort and joy with a sweet and savory “Spiced Rice Mix.”  For less than five dollars, you can give a healthy side dish packed with whole grain brown rice, sunflower seeds, fruit and spices.  Package in a pretty clear glass container, and tie a festive ribbon around the top to complete the gift.


Comfort and Joy Spiced Rice Mix (Makes 1 mix that serves 4-6)

2 C instant brown rice

1 teaspoon powdered maple sugar

1 teaspoon celery flakes

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon dried grated orange peel

1/4 teaspoon cardamom

1/4 teaspoon cloves

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 tablespoons unsalted, toasted sunflower seeds

¼ C dried cranberries

¼ cup diced dried apples

To make the mix: combine ingredients in a bowl, and store in an airtight container.

Include the following instructions with the mix:

In  a saucepan, bring 1¾ C water to a boil.  Stir in rice mix; return to boil.  Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir.  Let stand 5 minutes and fluff with a fork.

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