Menu Plan Money ~ “Bringing Back the Rookie Cook Tip” Edition

by Shawanda Greene

Slow Cooker Ribs and Yellow Rice

Slow cooker ribs - Mmm. Look at all that fatty pork. *drool*

My love of cooking, primarily, stems from my love of eating delicious food.

If only there was a way to experience the finest, tastiest cuisine without learning how to cook.

Well, there is such a way. It’s called eating out. And it’s way more expensive than preparing your meals at home.

For those of us who want to experience good food, at an affordable price, we have to learn how to cook. There’s simply no other way.

Which is why I’m bringing back the weekly, Rookie Cook Tip.

Let’s reacquaint ourselves with this series by focusing on a kitchen staple: Rice.

Nothing disgusts me more than under cooked rice. Just thinking about it makes me wanna throw up. Partially cooked rice is especially offensive because it’s usually integrated with what would otherwise be a perfectly acceptable and flavorful dish.

Given the frequency with which I’m given crunchy rice from successful restaurants, there’s a pretty good chance you’re screwing this up.

Below is a quick video on how to prepare perfect rice. My go-to recipe consists of 1 cup of Basmati rice, 2 1/4 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of margarine, and 1 beef bouillon cube.

I bring the water to a boil, add the rice and let it simmer for 30 minutes undisturbed. This recipe goes well with vegetables, beans, and red meat.

For a quick meal, I use the leftovers to whip up fried egg and rice.

This week, I’m suffering from a bout of nostalgia, so I dug up a few recipes from the days of yore. Each of the recipes linked to below were tested and loved by yours truly.

Monday: Slow Cooker Ribs & Onions with Collard Greens and Yellow Rice

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Beef Curry with Butter, Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Southern Fried Catfish and Green Bean Casserole

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Whatever I can buy with an existing daily deal voucher or an instant deal through my Groupon, LivingSocial or ScoutMob iPhone apps.

Sunday: Chicken, Rice, and Spices Bake

Find other menu plan options on Menu Plan Monday at I’m an Organizing Junkie


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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

angie October 17, 2011 at 1:34 PM

oh my think I am coming over for a bit to eat come see what we will have at http://shopannies.blogspot.com


eemusings October 17, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Hence why I love my rice cooker!

I generally just go with double the amount of water to rice, but have been meaning to try cooking rice in flavoured liquids…


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