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Quick and Easy Dishes for Dining Al Fresco

(Family Features)

April 8, 2022

Warmer weather is often welcome for a variety of reasons and dining outdoors can help take that appreciation to the next level. Keeping ingredients lists short and prep time minimal also allows you to spend more time enjoying the sunshine and blue skies al fresco with the ones you love.

Even when you're short on time, you can take mealtime from the dining room to the deck with an ingredient like Minute Rice Cups. Available in 13 varieties, including White and Brown rice, the convenient, single-serving, BPA-free cups are ready in just 90 seconds or less. Perfect for taking to the office for lunch or as an on-the-go snack, the cups can also be used as a quick and easy base for nearly any meal occasion.

For example, this simple Fish with Bok Choy features plenty of complex flavors with flaky white fish, crisp Bok Choy and 100% whole-grain brown rice. The brown rice provides the ideal texture for the ginger, sesame and nutty notes in this dish and the whole recipe can be on the table in just 10 minutes. Because white fish fillets are neutral and mild, they absorb all of the flavors from the dish and are an ideal protein for those with busy schedules due to their short cooking time.

Or bursting with colors and flavors, this Fiesta Rice satisfies fresh cravings with an irresistible combo of white rice, tomatoes, green onions and creamy avocado. Ready in less than 5 minutes, this dish can also be customized with a different grain variety or extra juicy, sweet cherry tomatoes in place of diced tomatoes. To make this satisfying side a complete meal, simply add grilled chicken or your favorite protein.

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Fish with Bok Choy
Prep time: 3 minutes
Cook time: 7 minutes
Servings: 1

1 Minute Brown Rice Cup
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
1 White fish fillet
1 Tablespoon of butter
1 Teaspoon of sesame oil
1 Teaspoon of grated ginger
2 Baby Bok Choy, quartered
1 Teaspoon of soy sauce

Heat the rice according to the package’s directions and set it aside.

Add that salt and pepper to both sides of the fish, to taste.

In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Cook the fish for 2 minutes on each side. Remove the fish from the pan and keep it warm.

In the same pan, add the sesame oil and the ginger. Cook it for 1 minute.

Add the Bok Choy to the pan and stir-fry it for 2 minutes. Add the soy sauce; stir to incorporate. Top the rice with the fish and serve it with the Bok Choy.

Fiesta Rice
Prep time: 3 minutes
Cook time: 1 minute
Servings: 1

1 Minute White Rice Cup
1 Diced tomato
1/2 Diced avocado
1 Sliced green onion
1 Tablespoon of chopped cilantro
1 Teaspoon of lime juice
Salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste

Heat the rice according to the package’s directions and set it aside.

In a bowl, combine the tomato, the avocado, the onion and the cilantro.

Add the lime juice and the salt and pepper, to taste.

Mix it thoroughly and serve.

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