Dried goods in the prepper pantry are made to last a long time, but they won’t stay fresh forever. I like to rotate items from my dried goods stockpile before they start to take on a questionable flavor. Who likes to eat food that tastes stale? Not me! And now, Thanksgiving is almost here, and I’m ready to start thinking about what I’m going to put on the table with my Turkey. This is one of my favorite go-to recipes, a yummy side dish for Thanksgiving!
Rice With Dates and Almonds
The best part is that this recipe only requires 3 simple ingredients – all of which are items I always keep in my pantry anyway! You can easily substitute various types of dried fruits and nuts in place of the following suggestions.
- 1 ½ C Rice
- ⅓ C Chopped Dates
- ¼ C Sliced Almonds
- The amount of water you add to each cup of rice generally depends on the type of rice you’re using. I like to use Basmati rice in most of my recipes and I mix 1 ½ cups of rice to 2 ½ cups water, bring to a boil, and then cover and simmer for 15 minutes. If you prefer your cooked rice to be a bit moister, then add in an extra ½ cup of water before boiling and simmer for the same amount of time. You can also substitute chicken broth in place of water for a different flavor.
- Sliced almonds and dried dates go well with both white and brown rice. Toss these into the cooked rice and serve immediately. If you have some wild rice in the pantry, then cook up a couple of cups and add in ½ cup pecan halves and ½ cup dried apricots finely chopped. There are plenty of tasty variations!
- This is an amazing, and super cheap dish, but so luxurious. You’ve probably already got a bag of rice in your prepper pantry (and if you don’t, time to go buy one!) but a 10 oz bag of chopped dates could be anywhere from $3 To $5, and sliced almonds cost around $3 Per 6 oz bag.
- The combination of rice, dates, and almonds is a perfect side dish for Thanksgiving. It goes well with all the other fixings found on most tables during this time; turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Rice also seems to be a great choice for a Thanksgiving Day side dish, since most people have plenty of it hiding in their pantries. So, rotate that stock and get cooking!
Is there a favorite recipe you have for using up dried goods in the pantry in need of rotation?