I’m so excited to introduce you all to my friend, teammate and now blog contributor here at Your Own Home Store. Her name is Lyndsay Micklus and we met through THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance). She is a fabulous consultant and I will have her bio up soon so you can all learn a bit more about her. Her specialty here at Your Own Home Store is going to be a fun one! She will be creating “copy-cat” recipes using THRIVE foods! Yep! She will take favorite restaurant (or even boxed) meals and help you make them at home. They will be easier and healthier and quicker! Fun, huh? I think this is a fabulous idea! Here is your first:
Hi Lyndsay here – I’m a relatively new THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance) consultant that loves to cook and play in the kitchen with my new THRIVE food storage. I like to make healthier, less expensive versions of my favorite restaurant or pre-packaged food.
This month, I made a healthier copycat recipe of Zatarain’s Caribbean Rice mix. I find that a lot of the boxed rice mixes we love have loads of sodium and usually monosodium glutamate (MSG) which we try to avoid. I also like cooking with whole grains so brown rice is a good substitute for the white rice that is usually in box mixes.
For this recipe, I use brown rice and add red beans. My THRIVE peppers, onions and carrots are a fast and easy way to add nice color and flavor. (No chopping involved!) Turmeric, cayenne and mustard give it some spice and the coconut and pineapple add a hint of sweet! This dish is packed with fiber and protein and is great as a side dish or vegetarian main meal. I like to serve it with grilled chicken and steamed veggies for a tasty summer meal!