Rice a Roni College Style

Rice a Roni with chicken and veggies
When you talk college food you immediately think Ramen or Rice a Roni and zero nutrition. But don't despair. Add chicken and veggies and you'll have a way healthier meal.  

I am not a big fan of the Rice a Roni 'magic' seasoning that comes in the little package but let's face it, it tastes good and I still think that this recipe is better than a burger and fries.

So here we go. An easy way to make Rice a Roni a healthier meal.
I have already posted about "Healthy Ramen".

This is a ridiculously easy recipe by the way.

What You Need:

1 box Rice a Roni chicken flavor
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1 lb or less of raw (or cooked) chicken breast cut in small pieces
2 cups frozen vegetables (fresh will work too)
2 3/4 cups water
1 cube chicken bouillon (see FYI)

FYI: You could choose not to add the chicken bouillon and add salt and pepper instead. That would actually be healthier. The extra seasoning is necessary because you are adding a lot of chicken and veggies. 
You can use fresh veggies instead of frozen, but make sure they are cut in small pieces. 
What To Do:

Melt butter over medium heat and fry the rice and vermicell until the vermicellis are brown. (vermicellis are the little bits of pasta)

Add water, bag of seasoning, chicken bouillon and chicken pieces. 
If you have left over chicken that will work too.

Mix well and let it boil.

Turn the heat to the lowest setting and cover the pan. I actually put the pan over the burner that has the simmering option. 
Let it simmer for 8 minutes.

Add the frozen veggies and mix well.

Return the pan to the simmering burner and let it simmer for 10 more minutes.
The only problem I can predict might happen is the water being absorbed before the 10 minutes so keep checking. If you need to add more water, add 'boiling water'.

And it's ready!

Rice-a-Roni with Chicken and Veggies
Sprinkle with any cheese you like to add even more flavor. Parmesan is a good choice. 
Add more nutrients by slicing an avocado and making it your side.  
Add nuts and raisins if you like them. (not in this picture)
To drink: cold hibiscus tea. (yeah, right, college students drinking hibiscus tea; dream on mom amelia)

Bon appétit! 

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