Last month at the Arkansas Women Bloggers Conference, I received a gift box filled with a variety of rice products from Riceland Foods. All that rice in my pantry has given me the perfect reason to enjoy and celebrate National Rice Month and the fact that Arkansas is the number one producer of rice in the United States!
You can find a wealth of information about rice production, how to use the different rice varieties and a great collection of rice recipes at Riceland.com.
One of our favorite ways to eat rice is with milk and sugar either for breakfast or as a sweet treat. Milk and rice make a great nutrition team. All-Star Breakfast Rice is perfect for fall's kick-off during National Rice Month!
All-Star Breakfast Rice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
2/3 cup milk
1 cup cooked rice
Fresh blueberries,raspberries or strawberries*
*Or use sliced peaches or bananas if desired
Combine rice,milk,brown sugar and cinnamon in small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until thick and creamy, about 10 minutes. Spoon into serving bowl; let cool 3 minutes. Top with fresh fruit.
If not, you really need to put this on the top of your bucket list, especially if you want to make a difference in the fight against hunger. The Pack Shack of Northwest Arkansas provided the opportunity to feed the funnel and pack meals during the Arkansas Women Bloggers Conference this past weekend.
After removing loose jewelry, washing our hands and donning hairnets and gloves, we were assigned to stations on an assembly line to measure,funnel and seal a bag of ingredients. Bags of Cheesy Rice and Vegetable Soup were carefully boxed for distribution to our hungry Arkansas neighbors in Hot Springs and Siloam Springs. With a lot of loud music, unbelievable dance moves from several of our rock star women and organized assembly labor, we packed 10,300 meals in just a little over an hour.
Unfortunately, hunger affects all people and all ages in the United States. Food insecurity is defined by the United State Department of Agriculture as the measure of lack of success, at times, to have enough food for an active,healthy life for all household members or the uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate food. Sadly, food insecurity exists in every county in the United States.