Here’s a quick, easy and delicious homemade rice cereal recipe you can make and save a lot of money instead of buying the store bought kind. It’s a great way to use leftover rice!
Easy Rice Cereal Recipe
2 cups leftover cooked rice
2 cups milk
½ tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. butter or margarine
2 Tbsp. sugar
Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan. Cook on medium heat until warmed but not boiling. You can adjust the cinnamon and sugar to your taste. This can also be microwaved very easily. Serves 4.
From: The Dining On A Dime Cookbook. For more easy recipes like this, check out Dining On A Dime here!
My mother grew up during the depression and she would eat left-over cooked rice with sugar and milk. Same recipe without the butter and cinnamon. She called it a dessert. She would also cut-up bananas, put sugar on them and milk and called it a bedtime snack. Another left-over rice dish was to break and beat an egg or two, depending on the amount of rice, into a container and add the rice. She fried this concoction in round shapes and called it “rice cakes,” which we would eat with syrup. This was a breakfast dish.
I love this recipe. So easy, frugal, and delicious!
Is leftover rice in the recipe cooked? I would suggest that the word “cooked” be added to rice in the recipe. Thanks!
Yes, it is cooked. Tawra
Is snacking an american tradition? I grew up overseas in the military and we never snacked. We had 3 meals a day and usually had dessert after supper. I don’t every remember snacking. Maybe it was because my mother grew up in the war. I didn’t raise my daughter to snack but she does it a lot now that she is an adult. I never wasted money on things that didn’t have nutritional value other than holidays like easter and christmas of course and lets not forget halloween.
It may have been the way your family did things Pat because I grew up overseas in the military too but we had snacks. I do think though that people in other countries don’t snack like we do at all and don’t seem to be quite as obsessed with food as what we are whether it is healthy or unhealthy.
Tawra, please ask your Mom, Jill, to
put her last initial or some way to know when she is commenting as I believe there is another Jill commenting now. I value your Jill’s comments and don’t want to miss a word of hers. Thanks!
Context: I was born in the 1980s.
My mom touted the ‘Graze Method’ as teaching kids to only when hungry, so as not to over-eat during mealtimes. She made sure the snacks were healthy.
Now I only cook and bake with flour I milled myself at home so it’s all a Whole Grain serving no matter what you put in it.
We have never cared about sugar unless someone was diabetic. My maternal grandfather was a Type 1 diabetic, so I have no idea what Snack Culture was ‘supposed to’ look like from our Californian cultural view.
My husband was born in Austria and his mom worked in an orphanage there. When food was scarce, they fed the kids noodles with sugar and a little milk. Reminds me of Kuchen (a Jewish dish that can be baked and is a savory or a sweet depending on the seasoning). My kids love their noodles with sugar on top. As for me, I like rice with sugar and milk and raisins. Heated or not, doesn’t matter. Or rice with gravy. Depends on what else is being served for dinner. Leftover rice can always be added to extend a dish.
Grandma, congratulation on your new family member. I just know how much you want to hold that wee one but summer will be here before you know it. We were supposed to go to visit our “grands” this weekend but they got sick so we postponed until February. Even that seems like a long time away.
I fondly remember Mom making breakfast in the double boiler for us kids. One is the rice above. I remember us kids would excitedly run to the double boiler and guess what it was. Rice was always my favorite. Sometimes she would sweeten the porage with sugar, syrup, jelly and other sweetness. Thanks for thememories!
We love this recipe. It is so easy and inexpensive to make.
yummy with raisins added, too
I have made what I call mock rice pudding. A scoop of ice cream stirred into hot rice. Yum!
Oh my goodness, my mom used to make this for me as a kid. We used evaporated milk (cream) instead of the milk. It was delicious with the cinnamon, sugar and raisins. I should make this for my kids sometime, I bet they would love it.
I had two wonderful great-aunts who shared a home together, right next door to our home. They were more like other grandmother’s to me. These ladies had survived the great depression and lived a very frugal lifestyle. They would take one can of chili and serve helpings over large individual bowls of rice. This was so delicious to me. One can of chili would be used to feed 4-6 people.
All of this talk about rice has stirred up some long forgotten memories for me. Another memory has popped in my head! My grandmother use to make rice pudding frequently and sometimes she would add raisins and alittle Hershey cocoa to the plain rice pudding to make the cocoa rice pudding. It was a special treat and sooo good!
My maternal grandmother would serve us cooked rice with REAL cream poured over it and cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top. It is one of my fondest memories of her. Those who knew her STILL talk about how wonderful a cook she was, and she passed away almost 50 years ago.