a bowl of rice for breakfast.

Being a poor college student/intern has absolutely nothing—nothing—to do with it.  My habits of scrounging and using up every last bit of leftovers goes beyond any subtleties of economic reasoning.  Well beyond.

I don’t even know when it first started.  Or why.  All I know is that it practically breaks my heart to have to throw out an overripe pear.  Or to see a dish of leftover pasta with lentils and kale be dumped, dumped, dumped.

Or rice, being scraped clean from a bowl and into the trash.  *Sigh.*

Before you start patting me on the back, telling me that everything will be okay, that there is help for this kind of thing, let me share with you my latest rice obsession.  Whether you’re obsessed with not letting any food go to waste or you simply want a quick and easy breakfast, I think you’ll appreciate this hot breakfast.  Yes.  Rice.  For breakfast!

Rice itself is not very high in protein or fiber, no matter whether you purchase the brown or the white.  The brown rice does have some extra vitamins and minerals that are worth having over white rice.  But if you’re looking for a way to stay full longer, I recommend this rice from Trader Joe’s.  It’s got 5g Fiber and 6g Protein per serving.  Filling power!

(or, you could just amp up the protein and fiber in other ways, through food based add-ins!)

It’s a favorite in my house.

I always double the portions that are cooked, just so that I can use up any last bit of leftovers for breakfast.  Rice takes on this whole new complexity when it’s mixed with milk and heated to a creamy consistency.  Delicious.  I always add some extra texture in the form of walnuts or granola or whatever might suit my fancy at the moment.

This breakfast is perfect for the poor college student/intern, the person who is obsessed with not wasting anything, the gluten free guy/girl who misses his/her oatmeal, the busy parent, or the too-tired-to-function early morning riser.

So you see?  There’s really nothing wrong with being a scrounger around the kitchen.  It’s economical, useful and tasty.  Enjoy!

Creamy Breakfast Rice with Trail Mix Topping

  • 1 cup cooked brown rice (or a mix as the one seen above!)
  • 1 banana, sliced or mashed
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. walnuts, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. craisins or raisins
  • 2 Tbsp. granola
  1. In a medium sized, microwave safe bowl, mix rice with banana, milk and spices.  Place in microwave for 3-5 minutes, or until everything has thickened and is piping hot.
  2. Top with walnuts, craisins and granola.  Enjoy! 😀
QUESTION: What are some of your favorite leftovers to have in your refrigerator and how do you reuse them?

12 comments on “a bowl of rice for breakfast.

  1. I’ve never been a huge leftover person. I usually just let my husband finish off the leftovers. However! I DO enjoy leftover pizza! 😉

    I’ve never been a huge rice fan, not sure why but this breakfast looks really good! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I love TJ’s…I’ll have to check out their rice soon!

  2. I can relate–it physically pains me to throw away food! Thankfully I love leftovers and will eat them for days if need be…it always means we’ll eat weird food combinations just to use up food before it goes bad 🙂

  3. Caitlyn says:

    Yum! Leftovers are one of the many perks of cooking. It is a personal challenge to see what ELSE I create from the leftovers so that they don’t have to take the plunge into the trash can. My favorite leftovers have to be roasted vegetables (though, there are rarely any leftover) and quinoa.

    I plan on making my biannual trip to TJ’s within the next few weeks, so I will keep an eye out for that rice.

  4. You have some of the BEST ideas and inspire me to want to be a healthier eater. : ) You make these dishes look wonderful.

  5. BroccoliHut says:

    Yay! Another excuse to go to Trader Joe’s! I am notoriously leftover-averse, so I don’t often have any leftovers in the fridge…

  6. I totally love leftovers, I purposely make extra food so that I can enjoy it later– anything with a tomato base tastes great as a leftover when cold 🙂

  7. Haha all the time when there’s leftovers I don’t even bother to make them more breakfast-y I’ll eat pasta or curry for breakfast no problem!!! 🙂

  8. […] meals For breakfast yesterday I tried something new and made creamy breakfast rice. I stirred together about 1/2 cup brown rice, sliced banana, sliced strawberries, walnuts, pumpkin […]

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