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    Dinner Series: What’s For Dinner {Part 2}

    We are back for Part 2 of our new and exciting dinner series: What’s For Dinner?! Last week, I shared with you Part 1, which was the absolutely delicious, finger-licking good, wish-you-had-more oven roasted broccoli! Otherwise known as candy broccoli in our home. If you missed that post, you’ll definitely want to check it out!


    Part 2 of this series brings you “Moms’ Famous Rice!” You guys, I’ve thought long and hard about what else I can call this recipe…and I just can’t think of a more perfect name than that! I grew up eating this rice…we are talking multiple times, each week, for my entire childhood! And I never once complained because it’s one of the best rice dishes I’ve EVER tasted. Period. In my adult life, I still make it and now my kids call it “Baba’s Rice.” (Baba is Ukrainian for Grandma and that is what my kids call my mom). I’ve served it for many guests as a side dish and afterwards people will ask for the recipe by saying, “Can I have your mom’s recipe?” Plus, I just love my mom so much that she definitely deserves to have her own dish named after her! You may choose to put it in your recipe book or app under a different name, but for us here, it’s “Mom’s Famous Rice!”


    This really is a super simple recipe (do you guys sense a theme here?) You simply fry all the ingredients together for a few minutes and then add in the bouillon-flavored water, cover and let simmer for about 20 minutes! I’ll add the recipe card below!


    UPDATE: I know, it might seem weird that I’m already updating this recipe yet it hasn’t even been published BUT the reason is, since I took all these pictures and initially wrote my post (just didn’t publish it), I’ve started making this with quinoa, thanks to a suggestion from my dear friend Leah (not to be confused with my daughter Leah!). I had passed this recipe onto her and she told me that she started making it with quinoa, to make it healthier. Since I’ve been on my 8 week detox, I decided to give it a try and I was very pleased with the results. The only difference is that you need to cook the quinoa separately first, for about 15 minutes and then once the ingredients are all fried, add the cooked quinoa in, stir well, heat and serve!

    Mom's Famous Rice
    Take any plain rice (or quinoa) and jazz it up with this amazing flavor combination! You will definitely want seconds!
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    Prep Time
    5 min
    Cook Time
    20 min
    Total Time
    25 min
    Prep Time
    5 min
    Cook Time
    20 min
    Total Time
    25 min
    1. 1 large onion, diced
    2. 3 stalks of celery, diced
    3. 3 tsp butter
    4. 1 cup rice, uncooked (or 1 cup uncooked quinoa)
    5. 1 tsp oregano
    6. 1 tsp thyme
    7. 1 tsp salt
    8. 1 tsp pepper
    9. 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
    10. 1/8-1/4 tsp of curry powder, to preference
    11. 3 chicken bouillon packets/cubes, dissolved in 2 cups of boiling water
    1. Place all the ingredients, minus the bouillon & water into a frying pan.
    2. Fry all ingredients for a few minutes, until well incorporated and fragrant.
    3. Once mixed well, add the boiling water with bouillon cubes.
    4. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook for about 20-25 mins.
    Optional Quinoa
    1. Cook quinoa separately, according to package.
    2. Once veggies are cooked, add in quinoa, stir well and serve!
    Adapted from Jo-Anne Mudryk aka Mom!
    Adapted from Jo-Anne Mudryk aka Mom!
    Amidst the Chaos https://amidstthechaos.ca/
     We hope you are enjoying this series! Please continue to let us know how you like the dishes, as you make them! And be sure to stay tuned for next week when we feature the star player: Basil Fish!

    Love & Blessings,




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  • Reply Pam March 10, 2015 at 10:58 am

    This looks awesome! I am excited to try it! 🙂

    • Reply Christine March 10, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Let me know how you like it Pam! It really is THAT good! xox

  • Reply Jo-Anne March 10, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Love it and so happy that you included this recipe. Even grandmaman (my mom) makes this rice recipe and is her all-time fav.
    BTW – on my menu for tonight with your fish recipe.

    • Reply Christine March 10, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      Good stuff! Thanks again mom! xox

  • Reply Jamie a March 10, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    mmm. We eat a lot of quinoa & I’m trying this next time we make it. Thanks for sharing your secret family recipe! 😉

    • Reply Christine March 11, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      Let me know how it turns out for you Jamie! xox

  • Reply Bethany Magnie March 12, 2015 at 9:33 am

    This looks like a dinner I could prep while baby is sleeping! Perfect 🙂

    • Reply Christine March 12, 2015 at 10:16 am

      Absolutely Bethany! Let me know how it turns out for you! xox

  • Reply Leah March 12, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Yumm! Do you think that rice recipe would work with quinoa or orzo?? It looks delicious!

    • Reply Christine March 12, 2015 at 10:17 am

      Yup Leah! Near the end I actually posted an update about how I now make it with quinoa and I’ve listed it in the actual recipe card as well! Enjoy! xox

  • Reply Jaelan March 12, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Ohhh yum. I can’t wait to try this. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply Christine March 12, 2015 at 10:17 am

      No problem Jaelan! Let me know how it works out for you! xox

  • Reply Crystal @ Dreams, etc. March 12, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    This looks really good! Thanks for including the update about quinoa.

    • Reply Christine March 12, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      No problem Crystal! Enjoy! xox

  • Reply Brittany Bergman March 12, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    This looks so delicious! I love rice but it’s definitely an indulgence, so I really appreciate the option to make it with quinoa.

    • Reply Christine March 12, 2015 at 11:21 pm

      Thank you Brittany! And yes, the quinoa option is now the only way I make it. VERY good! Enjoy! xox

  • Reply Sandy March 13, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    That rice looks amazing!! I can’t wait to try it!

    • Reply Christine March 15, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      Hope you enjoy Sandy! Let me know how it turns out! xox

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