We all have our favorite foods. If you’ve been eating a real food diet for long, chances are good that you’ve given up some of your favorites. Sometimes it’s easier to just not eat something than it is to figure out a healthified version.
Some things are too good to give up. Many times I think it’s more the emotional attachment and memories than the actual taste. Whatever the reason, I needed to remake Chicken Elegante.
Chicken Elegante is a family favorite. I grew up eating it regularly, and I still remember all the rave reviews it got when we had company over for supper. Of course I made it for David when we got married, and it’s one of his favorite meals.
The ingredients? Uncle Ben’s Long Grain and Wild Rice, cream of chicken soup, milk, cooked chicken, cheese, butter and cornflakes. There were a few things that needed to be changed;)
I started at the bottom, with Uncle Ben’s rice. It took a bit of tweaking and retesting, but this recipe is pretty stinking close to that familiar orange box, only without the hidden MSG and other junk.
Uncle Ben’s Long Grain and Wild Rice
5 C. chicken broth (or use a combination of water and broth)
2 C. brown rice
2/3 C. wild rice
2 T. olive oil
2 t. minced, dried onion
1 t. parsley
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. onion powder
1/2 t. turmeric
1/2 t. cumin
1/4 t. ginger
1/2 t. pepper
1 t. salt (to start, add more as needed)
1. In a large pot combine the brown rice, wild rice and spices. Add broth and olive oil and stir together.
2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover with lid but leave slightly cracked. Cook for 50-60 minutes. Wild rice takes a while to cook. Mine was almost done after 60 minutes, so I shut the burner off and closed the lid tightly, letting it sit for another 15 minutes. It was perfect after that.
3. Fluff and serve, or use in any recipe that calls for Uncle Ben’s Long Grain and Wild Rice!
Notes: Be sure to add enough salt. I started with 1 t. and added another 1/2 t. after the rice finished cooking. Processed foods tend to be quite high in sodium, so if you’re trying to convince your family that homemade is just as good, don’t skimp on the salt! Bland rice is . . . boring.
Yield: 8+ C. cooked rice
Adapted from Food.com
Have you given up any favorite foods since starting to eat healthier? Have you remade any recipes? Share with us in the comments!