Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Allen's Rice Cakes

I told my kids we were having rice cakes for dinner and they were super confused and very concerned that they would never get full.  I somehow temporarily forgot about the rice cakes made by companies like Quaker and I was super confused about why they were super confused and told them that if they ate enough, they would get full.

The rice cakes are called that because they can be pressed into a pan, cut, individually wrapped, and made portable.  They are not dry, nor do they resemble cardboard in any manner.  In fact, my entire family loved and devoured this.  THAT. NEVER. HAPPENS.

I made this the night before last Saturday's sprint triathlon and then took 2nd place, so I think they are a pretty good pre-race meal.

2 C uncooked calrose or other medium-grain "sticky" rice*
3 C water
8 oz bacon, chopped
4 eggs
2 T liquid amino acids or soy sauce (we have a seriously picky child when it comes to sauces, so I only added one T of soy sauce and I will probably do it that way every time because I really liked it).

Optional Toppings:
Brown sugar (this was probably what convinced my kids to try it, but I tried a bite with it and didn't really like it)
Grated Parmesan

Combine rice and water in a rice cooker, or cook over stove according to directions or however you like to cook your rice.  While rice is cooking, fry the chopped bacon in a pan.  When crispy, drain off fat and soak up the excess with paper towels, but don't thoroughly clean the pan.  Beat the eggs in a small bowl, then scramble in the pan.

In a large bowl or in the rice cooker bowl, combine the cooked rice, bacon, and scrambled eggs.  Add amino acids or soy sauce.

Then you can either press into an 8- or 9-inch pan (if you're doing this and want brown sugar, mix the brown sugar in first) to about 1 1/2-inch thickness, or keep it in the pot.  Top with whatever you want (I thought the Parmesan was so delicious!) to taste and ENJOY!

*Sticky rice is imperative if you want to make them into bars.  We used calrose, so that is all I can vouch for, but if you want to use brown rice and just eat it out of a bowl, you should be fine.

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