Instead of buying boxed rice mixes, you can make your own and save money.  Here’s a recipe for the rice mix, along with a Chicken Rice Casserole that uses the rice mix. You can also save money by purchasing the herbs in bulk at a natural foods store, or in the natural foods section of your grocery store.  Be creative and add dried vegetables to the rice mix!

homemade seasoned rice mix

Homemade Seasoned Rice Mix

3 cups uncooked long grain rice
2 Tablespoons instant chicken bouillon granules
¼ cup dried parsley flakes
2 teaspoons onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon dried thyme

Combine ingredients; store in an air tight jar.

To prepare mix as a side dish:
Bring to a boil 2 cups water and 1 Tablespoon butter.  Stir in 1 cup mix.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15-20 minutes or until cooked.  (Brown rice will take twice as long to cook.)  Yield:  6 servings.

Chicken Rice Mix Casserole

2 ½ cups cubed cooked chicken
1 ½ cups frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup Homemade Seasoned Rice Mix
½ cup chopped onion
4 oz. can mushroom pieces, drained
2 cups water
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
¼ teaspoon onion salt
¼ teaspoon dry thyme
½ cup crushed potato chips (optional)

In a greased 2 quart casserole, combine chicken, vegetables, rice mix, onion and mushrooms.  Combine water, soup, and seasonings; mix well.  Pour over the rice mixture; stir to combine.  Cover and bake at 375 degrees for 55-65 minutes or until the rice is tender, stirring occasionally.  Sprinkle with potato chips.  Yield:  6-8 servings.