Leftover Rice

Do you ever cook too much of a certain thing and then wonder, what in the world will I do with all of this? This was the case for me with some rice I cooked last week. I had cooked a meal for my family as well as the company we had coming over. I cooked more rice than I normally would since there would be a few more mouths to feed. Well, we didn't eat near the amount of rice I thought we would, so a large bowl of rice was put back into the refrigerator. 

I am all about some leftovers, but sometimes I have to be in the mood for rice, you know what I mean? I almost always cook brown rice, which has more nutritional value than white rice. After several days in the fridge, not much of this leftover rice had not been eaten, and I hated to see it go to waste. I had also cooked a whole chicken in the crockpot on Sunday afternoon, and what I didn't put in the freezer after shredding that, I still had in the fridge as well. 

Freezer meals, in my opinion, are the best thing ever and are simple to prep especially if you are already cooking one meal. I was thinking ahead, with a baby coming before too much longer and I thought, with these leftover ingredients plus a few more, I have a freezer meal! So here you go, a simple meal put together with some of your leftovers for a future weeknight (or weekend) dinner! 

The cast of ingredients include:

  • 1  1/2 - 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 2 cups black beans
  • 2 tbs taco seasoning
  • can of Rotel
  • shredded cheese
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You could use fewer beans or more rice. These were approximate measurements because they are leftovers. 


Make it your own! Add corn, substitute beef or turkey for chicken, etc. 

I just mixed all of these together in a large bowl, spread out in a greased aluminum pan and added some more cheese to the top. 
Cover it with foil and label it with instructions. In the freezer, it goes! 

I think this will be delicious paired with some chips and salsa or a spinach salad! 

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Do you ever think to double a recipe and put one in the freezer? Even freezing what you have leftover, you get tired of eating. I had rather freeze it than toss it!