Friday, March 23, 2012

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5 More Weeks.

Yes. Only 5 more weeks left until graduation. Quite frankly one of the hardest things to believe, that I will be finished college in just over a month. Exciting? Yes. Bittersweet? Yes. Scary as hell? Capital Y-E-S. While I am excited for the next chapter in my life, it's quite a bit scary to pop the bubble of student life, and enter adult full-time, no month vacation-land. But it is coming regardless if I am ready or not, so I am trying to spend these last weeks doing all of the things I possibly can to enjoy myself. These include things to do in Keene, New Hampshire since I do not plan on regularly, actually ever coming back here. I've spent my time here, and four years is more than enough time to see what Keene has to offer. I'll sum it up in three statements: Pumpkinfest. Dollar Drinks. Small-town feel = Keene in a nutshell.

In the meantime, here's a quick and easy recipe for a new use for leftovers. I know WAY back in your fridge, in the land of forgotten foods, you have a container of leftover rice awaiting it's finally destiny to the garbage. But wait! There's hope! How about rice for breakfast?! I know, crazy talk. But really, I am one who hates to waste any food, and this is a new and rather tasty way to use up the last of your leftover rice for a quick change to your breakfast routine.

Brown Rice Breakfast Bowl
serves 1

1 cup cooked brown rice
1/3 milk
1/2 banana, sliced
1 1/2 T sunflower seeds, or nut of choice
1 T dried cranberries, or raisins
1/2 t vanilla extract
dash of cinnamon
drizzle of maple syrup

I just start my combining the rice, vanilla, and milk in a bowl and heating it up in the microwave for a minute or so, just to take the chill off and bring the rice back to life! I don't like it this really hot, but just bringing it to room temperature tastes best.

After that, just add the banana, sunflower seeds, cranberries and stir to combine. Top with a drizzle of maple syrup and cinnamon and enjoy! Your rice will thank you.

What's your favorite leftover food?

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