Saturday, 2 May 2009

An Economical Family Meal

brown rice patties

If you were to ask what my current 'go to economical meal for my family' is, it would have to be Brown Rice Patties. I've written the recipe on my personal blog, but I think it is a good idea to have it on file for all of you here as well.

We all know that cooking from scratch is more economical, but what exactly can we cook that is kid friendly, whole, nutritious, and not pasta! It's too easy to grab that box of spaghetti. I love pasta, but grains are more important, and they need to be delivered in a way that my eleven year old will actually love. This fits the bill perfectly, I serve them with applesauce from the pantry and a green salad. Everyone is happy, especially the very particular eleven year old of mine. The first time I made these my husband thought they were potato pancakes. Now who doesn't love a potato pancake?

Brown Rice Patties

3 cups leftover brown rice
1 cup grated carrot grated in food processor
1 medium onion, grated in food processor
2 cloves minced garlic, minced in food processor
1 t salt
½ t pepper
2 eggs
½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
Vegetable oil of your liking for frying

If you do not have a food processor you can use a box grater instead. Just make sure any onion juice makes it into the bowl, lots of flavor there!

Combine all ingredients except the oil. If you have the time to make this in advance and let it sit for a bit the garlic and onion flavors will blend even more, but it's not necessary, just nice. If the patties don’t hold together because they are too dry then add another egg. If they are too wet add a little flour.

Heat a frying pan or griddle on med - med/high heat until hot and add oil. Use a ¼ cup measuring cup to scoop out the rice mixture and gently lay them on the frying pan. Use the back side of the measuring cup to flatten out each patty. Cook until golden brown on each side, you might want to keep the oven on 250 with a baking sheet in there to put the finished ones on as you cook the rest. Enjoy!

I hope you try it, recipes like this will seriously stretch your grocery dollars, and I think we can all use a little extra stretching right now.

Print this out and keep it handy, I bet you make it more than once!

Happy weekend everyone!