Making a great tasting and nourishing meal doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming! Learning to mix and match a few ingredients that you may already have on your shelf or in the fridge makes for a foolproof meal strategy that will help you plan for weekly dinners or lunches to take with you to the office or school. Not sure how to do that? We’ll show you how and give you a few example combos! 

To start your mix and match meal strategy, simply combine spices, vegetables, proteins, sauces, and other pantry items into your preferred grain base. That way you’ve got more complex and balanced meals that are loaded with your favorite flavors. For your grain base, we suggest making things hassle free by using Success® Boil-in-Bag Rice and Quinoa as they are perfect to store for long periods of time and not to mention quickly cooking, highly versatile, budget-friendly, naturally Gluten Free and filled with vitamins and minerals to make your meals all the better. 

Choose Your Ingredients 

Let’s get down to business. Start by choosing your grain base, whether it be fluffy white rice, whole grain brown rice, an aromatic or fragrant variety like Jasmine or Basmati, or protein-packed quinoa

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Mixing and Matching 

Once you have your grain base, it’s time to choose which vegetables, protein and pantry items to add in. Feel free to use fresh, canned or frozen items here and if you’re really on a time crunch, try out your local grocery store salad bar for a fresh selection of all the vegetables like you.

Need some help with what to add in? 

Check out these suggestions:

  • Spices: herbs de Provence, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, saffron, thyme, rosemary
  • Vegetables: broccoli, tomatoes, leafy greens, peppers, cucumber
  • Proteins: chicken, beef, tuna, eggs, tofu, tempeh, seitan
  • Liquid Mix-ins: sauces, dressings, oils, guacamole, hummus, tzatziki
  • Cooking Liquids: broth, juice, seasoned water
  • Pantry Items: beans, seeds, nuts and spices 

6 Flavor Combinations

Now that you have all the tools for success, why not try a few sample flavor combinations before jumping right in to find out what your favorite new combo is. We’ve got everything from Southwest to Greek, but if you’re craving something more, use the tools above to mix and match and create your own favorite blend! 

1. Southwestern Flavors

Southwestern inspired flavors with rice

For a Southwestern inspired Chili Rice Bowl, try your hand at this tasty mix! Start off with a rice or quinoa base and add:

  • Spices: cumin, garlic powder, chile powder, chipotle
  • Vegetables: corn, tomatoes, peppers, red onions
  • Protein: shredded chicken or seitan
  • Liquids: salsa (to drizzle), chicken broth (to cook the grains in), guacamole
  • Pantry Items: black beans, diced tomatoes, corn, green chilies, jalapeños, and pinto beans, sliced avocado

2. Savory Asian Combo

For a Asian-inspired combination unlike any other, mix and match from this selection of flavors for an unbelievable taste! Try them in a chicken and rice soup or rice lettuce wrap. 

  • Spices: coriander, cilantro, chili pepper, clove, cumin, dried ginger
  • Vegetables: mushrooms, water chestnuts, broccoli, sweet potatoes
  • Protein: chicken, tofu, beef 
  • Liquids: soy sauce, coconut milk, fish sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, sweet chili sauce, lime juice
  • Pantry Items: miso paste, curry paste, dried chilies

3. Moroccan Spiced

Enhance your grains with the flavors of Morocco by mixing and matching delicious spices, stir-ins and cooking liquids you probably already have in your pantry! Try these Moroccan inspired suggestions using Success® Boil-in-Bag Basmati Rice.

  • Spices: cinnamon, cumin, paprika, saffron, pepper
  • Vegetables: peas, carrots, onions, tomatoes
  • Protein: beef, chicken
  • Liquids: honey, olive oil, harissa, green tea 
  • Pantry Items: chickpeas, dates, lentils, olives, almonds

4. Italian Fest

Travel around the globe from home by trying new flavors. Check your pantry for some of these tasty ingredients, combine with your favorite Success® Rice and put together a tasty Italian-inspired meal. Buon appetito!

  • Spices: oregano, bay leaf, parsley, rosemary, sage and basil
  • Vegetables: garlic, tomatoes, peppers, onions, 
  • Protein: tuna, sardines and capers
  • Liquids: olive oil and chicken broth
  • Pantry Items: fresh or canned tomatoes, cannellini beans, mushrooms, artichokes 

5. Indian Flare

Did you know? By combining a few ingredients and using the right spices you can enjoy your favorite Indian-inspired flavors from the comfort of your home.

Chicken Mango Chutney with Quinoa
Chicken Mango Chutney
  • Seasonings: cardamom, turmeric, star anise, fennel, coriander, bay leaves, Garam Masala, curry powder
  • Vegetables: carrot, sweet potato, onion, spinach
  • Protein: eggs, chicken, tofu 
  • Liquids: ghee (to sauté spices), chutney
  • Pantry Items: chickpeas, nuts

6. Greek Inspired Goodness 

Use any number of these to top your grains and enjoy a Greek inspired meal with flavor in every bite. 

  • Seasonings: dried garlic, thyme, rosemary, fennel, oregano
  • Vegetables: leafy greens, cucumber, tomato, eggplant 
  • Protein: capers, chicken, 
  • Liquids: greek vinaigrette, olive oil, hummus, tzatziki 
  • Pantry Items: garbanzo beans, artichoke hearts, olives, Feta cheese

When you have a plan, it makes grocery shopping easier as well. Prepare a few individual components in advance, store, and use this fun guide to mix and match while creating different and delicious meal options every time.

You can find more great tasting recipes on our website like this vegan meatloaf.