If you love easy rice meals, you’re going to love Rob’s Rice! A concoction of meat, veggies and flavorful rice that is sure to become a dinner time favorite!
When my husband served a two year mission for our church, he was on a very tight budget. He decided that, to save cash, he would “cook from his cupboard” as often as possible. Other church members, understanding his situation, would frequently give him canned veggies and he made use of it. And thus Rob’s Rice was born.
It’s sort of a hodge podge of randoms, but collectively this rice dish is incredible! Over the years, it has evolved a bit, but at its roots, it’s the same meal that not only helped him pinch pennies years ago, but has become a classic family favorite recipe! He and I team up and prepare it most Sunday evenings.
Do you have those recipes that bring a sense of nostalgia every time you make them?
If we happen to miss a Sunday enjoying this goodness, our kids are sure to let us know and we have to make up for it by adding it to the menu during the week. 🙂
I love this recipe for many reasons, but one being that it is so versatile! If you have pork and bacon on hand, use them! If you have peas and corn, or another veggie that you think would go well with it, throw them in! The pineapple is an important component, as it adds a critical slight sweetness and texture. Just make sure that one of the meats that you add has lots of flavor on its own. So if you are using pork or chicken, add some bacon or kielbasa to boost the flavor factor.
We have experimented with many sauces and settled on Yoshida’s as our favorite. I think you’ll agree that it’s so delicious! Our Costco used to carry it and doesn’t any longer, so we order it on Amazon.
To prepare this, you’ll first get some white rice cooking. While that’s happening, you’ll cook your diced meats (we typically use Spam with Chinese Sausage, but you can also add kielbasa with chicken, pork, or bacon) with minced garlic and pineapple tidbits in a large dutch oven or skillet over the stove top. Next, you’ll add your veggies, whether they’re canned, frozen or fresh, and cook for a little bit. Then, in a separate small bowl, you’ll add your Yoshida’s sauce, eggs, soy sauce, and sesame oil and beat with a fork or whisk to combine. Lastly, add your rice to the meat and veggie mixture, pour the egg mixture over the top, add the onion powder and stir while cooking over the stove top heat until the liquids cook into the mixture.
- 2 1/2 cups white rice cooked
- 2 Tbsp. minced garlic
- 1 can SPAM 12 oz. or equivalent amount of Kielbasa or chicken or pork, diced
- 3 links Chinese sausage diced
- 1 can pineapple tidbits drained (8 oz.)
- 1 can corn drained (15.25 oz), or the equivalent amount of fresh or frozen corn
- 1 c. frozen or fresh peas
- 2 large eggs
- 2/3 cup Yoshida's sauce
- 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp. sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- While the rice is cooking, add diced meat (SPAM and Chinese sausage or whatever meat combo you choose), along with minced garlic and pineapple tidbits to a large skillet or dutch oven. If you choose a less flavorful meat like chicken or pork, be sure to balance it out with a more flavorful meat like Chinese sausage, bacon or kielbasa for the second meat.
- Allow the meat and pineapple to cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. When the meat is cooked and mostly browned to your liking, add the veggies (corn and peas) and cook over the stove top until warmed through. Remove from heat and add cooked rice. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, Yoshida's sauce, soy sauce and sesame oil. Pour this mixture over the rice and meat mixture, sprinkle with onion powder and stir constantly, over medium heat, until the liquids cook into it. Don't let it dry out too much. Serve immediately.
I hope this becomes a favorite dinner at your house like it is at ours!