As my six day staycation draws to a close, I wanted to try another recipe out of Feed Zone Portables. I've had my eye on this one since I first started to pore through the book, though I recognize that many won't find it all that appealing - Spiced Beef & Onion Rice Cakes! Their rice cake recipes are interesting in that you basically layer a sweet or savory dish between layers of sticky rice.
The recipe calls for 8 oz of ground beef, 3 cups of sushi rice, some minced onions, molasses, soy sauce and some spices.
While the rice is cooking, I browned the beef along with the onions in a saute pan.
Once browned, I added the molasses, soy sauce and the spices (cinnamon, dried ginger & celery salt.)
Ding! Rice is finally done. It took awhile for the 3 cups of dried rice to cook - next time I'll start the rice well before I prepare the other ingredients.
Once cooled, half the rice is spread out over a pan. The book says to use a rice paddle but I found the rice had a tendency to stick to the paddle. A regular spoon seemed to work much better.
The beef mixture is then spread on top of the rice.
The rest of the rice is then spread over the meat. A little tricky to spread the rice without pulling up the beef but I got the hang of it by the end.
I let it set for 10 minutes and then tried a square. It fell apart pretty easily but the flavors were good. Very sweet beef flavor.
I waited another 20 minutes and then packaged the rest. They seemed a little more sturdy by then.
Verdict: Tasty but messy. I'm not sure how well these would hold up on a long run but I think they'll be a good mid-day or pre-run snack.
176 calories / 1g fat / 37g carb / 4g protein / 60mg sodium
Next up: Amanda requested some cherry chocolate sticky bites - a gel substitute. Stay tuned!