Creative choices offer break from rice or potatoes

Rush-Hour Remedies

August 26, 1998|By Joanne E. Morvay

* Item: Near East Creative Grains

* What you get: 2 1/2 servings

* Cost: About $2

* Preparation time: 25 to 30 minutes

* Review: I couldn't think of a better name for this new blend of brown rice and specialty grains like pearled wheat and barley. Creative Grains offers a welcome alternative to the boring old rice or potatoes routine. We tried the Chicken & Herbs and the Roasted Garlic mixes. I added fresh mushrooms and peas to the chicken flavor. Fresh tomato and chopped scallions gave some extra verve to the roasted garlic grains. If you call Near East's toll-free customer service line (listed on the box), you'll receive a slew of recipes to help get your creative juices going. Especially appealing are Pine Nut Parmesan Chicken (using the Creamy Parmesan mix) and Apple Rosemary Pork Chops (incorporating the Roasted Pecan and Garlic mix).

Pub Date: 8/26/98

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