Just like many other busy families, I often have no more than about ten minutes to get a dinner cranked out before one of us has to fly out the door to a game, practice, meeting or social event. I find that relying on a few product shortcuts is a better compromise than purchasing a completely ready-made meal (or the drive-thru). It’s often a healthier choice and can actually be even quicker to prepare.
Case in point: on a recent eve when my hubby was out, I thought I would “treat” the kids to a frozen family-size lasagna dinner. Not being much of a frozen entrée shopper, I was amazed at the vast selection of options from which to choose. What amazed me more was how long it takes to prepare one of these frozen entrees! When I began reading the directions, I discovered that this frozen brick of noodles and meat sauce would take 30 minutes to microwave or 55 minutes to bake!
From now on when in a time crunch, or don’t feel up to banging out an elaborate meal, I’m sticking to the semi-homemade way of cooking. This Hummus and Rice Fritters over Mixed Greens Salad is simple, fast, healthy, and since starting with store-bought hummus it is a cinch to make. The added cake flour with its fine texture made the final product light and airy, leaving us feeling full and satisfied after eating this meal.
The fritters we didn't eat that evening I popped in the freezer for another meal. When we were ready to have again, we reheated in a skillet for about 4 minutes. Now that's a frozen meal entree worth waiting for!
Hummus and Rice Fritters (adapted from Cooking Light Sept '13)
- 1 1/2 cups brown rice (we used Martin Rice, Bernie, MO)
- 1 cup prepared hummus
- 3 Tbsp. cake flour
- 1/8 tsp. ground red pepper
- 1 egg white (ours from Good Earth Egg Company, Bonne Terre, MO)
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- flaked sea salt
- Cook brown rice according to package directions; allow to cool.
- Place rice, hummus, flour, red pepper and egg white in food processor and pulse until smooth.
- Heat 1 Tbsp. oil on medium heat in skillet. Add 4 scoops (about 1/4 cup each) of hummus-rice mixture, pressing with back of spatula to flatten into patties. Cook about 4 minutes on each side or until golden. Remove from pan, add 1 Tbsp. oil to pan and next batch of hummus-rice mixture; repeat until all mixture has been used.
- Sprinkle cooked fritters with sea salt; serve atop a mixed greens salad and soft goat cheese.