Copycat Rice A Roni

Rice-A-Roni is one of those things I always buy that just seems natural.  I quit buying most things from a  box a couple of years ago, but just never could bring myself to give this one up.  Until last week.  I took the plunge and nobody in my family even noticed that it was homemade….it was THAT close to the original.  YUM!

Here is what you need

Spaghetti noodles

1 Cup rice

3 tsp chicken bullion

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning

2 TBS butter

2 Cups water.

20130929-192232.jpgBreak up your spaghetti noodles until you have 1/2 cup of pieces.

20130929-192246.jpgPut your rice, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and spaghetti noodles in your pan.

20130929-192300.jpgMelt your butter in the microwave and then pour over your ingredients.  Cook until the rice and spaghetti begin to brown.  Don’t burn it!  Stir constantly. Set aside.

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Pour your water into a saucepan and boil.  Add your rice mixture to the boiling water.  Cover and let simmer for 15-20 minutes. (Until all the water has been absorbed.)

 

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Stir and fluff.

Enjoy!!!! 🙂

Green Bean Bundles

A sweet friend from MOPS shared this recipe with me and I fell in LOVE.  It’s a fabulous recipe used as a side dish or appetizer and works great prepared in advance.  It’s also a great recipe this time of year because you can find fresh green beans on sale!

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What you need:

2 cans whole green beans, drained

1lb bacon

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup butter

4 clover garlic, minced

Cut each strip of bacon into 2 or 3 even pieces, depending on length of bacon. Spread each piece with your finger to thin and stretch it slightly. Take 5 or 6 whole green beans and place them in the center of each bacon piece, them roll bacon around beans and put seam side down in a single layer in the bottom of a greased casserole dish. In a small saucepan, mix together brown sugar, butter, and garlic; bring to slight boil. (Can also do this in the microwave.) Drizzle over bundles. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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Seriously, my mouth is watering just looking at this picture!  Bacon for life!

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