I enjoying cooking. Love it actually. And making my family healthy and delicious meals is important to me. But I suck at meal planning. Before I became a mom that really wan’t an issue. My husband and I would get home from work, maybe grab a little snack and it didn’t really matter if dinner wasn’t ready until 8pm. Well being a parent changed that. Now I get home from work and literally only have a couple of hours with my daughter until it’s time to start the bedtime routine. And she comes home hungry! So dinner has to be my priority pretty much as soon as I walk in the door. It’s not always easy to pull off a great home cooked meal that quickly. I try my best. I really do. So when I find a product that helps make dinner easy while still being delicious AND healthy I’m pretty happy.
We really like rice in our house (and especially Basmati) but unless I think ahead it can really hold up a meal. It takes a solid 35 minutes, at least, to make a good batch of rice. And some nights that’s not a big deal but there are evenings when I’d love to have a side of rice but just don’t have enough time to wait for it. I’ve never liked instant rice, it just isn’t the same. But recently I was introduced to Tilda Steamed Basmati Rice and I have to tell you I’m impressed.
The delicious fluffy grains of Tilda Steamed Basmati rice are pre-steamed and can be heated in the microwave in just 2 minutes, or stir fried in a pan with a little oil in 4 minutes. They are a perfect lunchtime alternative to a sandwich, side to an evening meal or a great ingredient in a larger dish. The range is not only quick and delicious, but they are gluten free, suitable for vegetarians and free from any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
There are four varieties available – Mushroom, Pilau, Wholegrain and Pure Basmati. The first one we tried, and my personal favorite, was the Pilau. I wasn’t sure if my three year old was going to take to it, not everyone likes cumin but she devoured it and asked for seconds! To be honest I’m not a huge fan of cumin either but the Pilau rice is surprisingly delicate in flavour and I love it. Oh and it smells awesome too.
The only variety we haven’t yet tried is the Mushroom but I’m pretty sure it will go over well. We just had our first bag of the Wholegrain Basmati last night. It has a much different texture than the other varieties, with a little more chew. It was nice on it’s own but I’m pretty sure it would be awesome in a salad. The flavour and texture made me think about wheat salad actually.
I love that the steamed rice is ready to go so quickly. You can do it in 2 minutes if you use the microwave. I prefer to do mine in a pan, just because that’s more my style and the extra 2 minutes isn’t a big deal. I also love that Tilda rice has no artificial colors, flavouring or preservatives. I don’t have to worry about what’s going in to the food I’m feeding my family, and as someone who does not do well with MSG I’m glad I don’t have to worry about that either. Tilda rice is also gluten free and suitable for vegetarians so it’s really something that just about anyone can enjoy.
Ounce per ounce the steamed rice is going to cost you more than the same amount of “make from scratch” rice but compared to other convenience packaged rice it’s pretty comparable in price and quite honestly much better and most definitely healthier. This doesn’t not taste like a “convenience” food. At all.
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Disclosure: Mommy Outside received product to facilitate this review. All opinions are completely my own.