On our recent trip to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, I created my very own, brand new rice dish that is fast and easy enough for camping and delicious enough for a regular meal at home.
I named it De Motte Rice, in honor of the campground in the Kaibab National Forest where it was invented. With basically three ingredients and some seasoning to taste, this is a quick and easy recipe ideal for camping but can also be enjoyed at home.
De Motte Rice by Jacquelyn Van Sant
3 cups pre-cooked brown rice (we used Minute Instant Brown Rice)
1 can of lentil soup (we used Progresso Vegetable Classics 99% Fat Free Lentil Soup, 19 oz)
1 can of diced green chiles, 4 oz, medium (we used Ortega)
Salsa/Taco Bell sauce (optional)
Mix pre-cooked brown rice, lentil soup, and green chiles in a pan. If camping, cook over an open fire. If at home, cook on medium-high. Add salt, garlic powder, and onion powder to taste. Stir often to prevent sticking. Cook until hot. Add either Taco Bell sauce packets or salsa if desired. Serve hot.
Please check all ingredients for possible allergens before preparing for someone with a food allergy.
You can easily double (or triple) the recipe to feed more hungry mouths. I will probably make this for our next Pathfinder camping trip. If the medium green chiles are too spicy, use mild; however, the medium gives just the right amount of “kick” to the food. I think we accidentally used hot with ours and it was a little too spicy. Be generous with the seasonings; even when you are camping, food should have great flavor!
Perhaps it was the almost 9,000 foot elevation, the exhilarating hike we took that evening, or the cold night air, but both Bradley and I scarfed this rice dish down. There was none left! Camping is great fun, but due to my food allergies, I am always worrying if I will get enough to eat. This dish was perfect, simple, and tasty. This dish, packed with protein and fiber, really helped us get our energy back. Bradley loved it, and he is not gluten-free OR vegan OR that fond of rice!
Tips for campers:
- Use a cast iron skillet if possible for best results (and a little extra iron in your diet!).
- Pair with hotdogs roasted over an open fire. For the gluten-free vegans, LightLife’s Smartdogs cook up great.
The gourmet version
If you want to transform this quick and easy camping dish into something a little more fancy for a dinner at home, you can use homemade lentil soup, delicious Jasmine brown rice cooked in vegetable broth, mix in a dollup of Follow Your Heart Veganaise or Toffutti Better Than Cream Cheese, sprinkle with fresh parsley, and top with freshly made pico de gallo. It will taste delicious!