12-2: Rice and Vegetable Bake

I’ve done over 100 recipes for this project so far, and I’m about a week shy of working on it for 2 years. Most of those recipes weren’t bad. Maybe not repeats, but not too many of them stick out as YUCK in my mind…until now. I did NOT like 12-2: Rice and Vegetable Bake, but maybe that’s just me–I can admit that I’m weird about certain textures and flavors.

12-2 Rice and Vegetable Bake
Simply Delicious describes this dish as “colorful” and “nutritious”, which is 1980s code for “bland diet/health food that nobody really likes but can tolerate to varying degrees”. Having had too much of this kind of stuff forced upon me throughout my parents’ yo-yo dieting phases, the mere notion sends a shiver down my spine. Onward, for science. 💀

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There’s not a lot of seasoning or flavor components to this dish, besides the bell pepper and the *optional* nutmeg. Had I known how bland it was going to turn out, I would have been more liberal with the seasonings in the beginning, regardless of the recipe. They suggest adding chicken or sausage–if you’re not meat-averse, I’d suggest it if for nothing else but flavor.

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Ingredients. I went with walnuts as my nut choice, and substituted lactose-free 2% milk for half-and-half. Granted, this contributed greatly to the blandness of the final dish, but it was NOT the only component.

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Cooking the rice in my trusty rice cooker, a $15 Target purchase nearly 10 years ago that has been more than worth it.

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Veggies diced, parsley added.

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Walnuts chopped up with my chef’s knife.

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Butter melted in a saucepan, although if I had read ahead more thoroughly and realized I was just adding melted butter into other ingredients, I would have just done it in the microwave and saved myself the pan washing.

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Eggs beaten, milk measured while the butter melts.

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Once the cooker popped I combined everything together. The only “ring mold” type pan I had was a Bundt pan, so that’s what I’m going with.

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Here goes nothing.

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Well, the bottom looks pretty. There’s no promise what the rest of it looks like. Or tastes like.

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Well, there it is. A frittata/crustless-quiche filled with rice and cooked in a Bundt pan. It’s not that exciting, but if you covered it with sriracha or something, it might be okay. I wasn’t a fan, but this kind of stuff is definitely not my jam.

Grade: D

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