Friday Food : Rice Pudding and Quinoa

I’m such a sucker for contests and I’m a sucker for special holidays or celebrations. Recently there was National Cheesecake Day and National S’Mores Day so why not turn your attention to something a little more healthy? Did you know it’s International Year of Quinoa?


To celebrate the International Year of Quinoa, Alter Eco announced a recipe contest inviting aspiring chefs from across the country to enter.  Alter Eco is a values-based brand that brings high quality, exotic and healthy specialty foods from around the world to U.S. Consumers.

One lucky grand prize winner will receive an all expenses paid trip for two (including airfare from anywhere in the continental U.S.) to attend the Culinary Institute of America’s gala – “Ingredients for Impact” on October 6, 2013. Four semi-finalists will receive a year of Alter Eco’s high quality quinoa.  Winners will be selected by a panel of Alter Eco staff and a nationally recognized chef.

The deadline is Sunday, August 11th !

To enter visit  Rules and regulations will also be posted at

I’ll be honest, I haven’t heard of Alter Eco before, but I always love a recipe contest. And unfortunately, I may not have created anything new, but I do have a long list of other recipes where I’ve used quinoa or the rice portion could easily be swapped out for quinoa instead. May I suggest?

What do you think? Have any recipes you’re proud of and want to submit? I’d be so happy for one of my readers if you were one of the winners!

Now, moving on to this week’s recipe.

I attempted to make rice pudding on Friday. When I decided to make aforementioned rice pudding I realized I did not have any milk! Problem? I also was wearing my pajamas! So instead of taking 30 seconds to put on pants I decided to try what several people online suggested and use sweetened condensed milk. I knew from past experience with it that it is way way way sweeter than I ever expect. I attempted to make modifications, but it still was too sweet for me. I’m going to share the recipe though, because it wasn’t terrible, it just needs some work. Maybe using quinoa? Maybe cutting it with more milk? Maybe making it 8 servings instead of 4? Let me know what you would try.

Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding
What you will need:

  • 1 cup cooked rice or quinoa
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cinnamon and/or other spices (nutmeg?)


  1. Using a double boiler, place cooked rice, condensed milk, raisins and butter in the top portion over simmering water
  2. Cook and stir until slightly thickened (about 15-20 minutes)
  3. Remove from heat and add your vanilla and other spices
  4. Serve hot or allow to cool and place in fridge until ready to serve

Comments & Pictures:

Serving of Rice Pudding

Like I said this was way too sweet for me when eating the full serving, but it was so good anyway. I ate a few bites here and there when I needed a pick me up. I’m sure some kids will LOVE it too. Somehow as I aged I lost the ability to survive on pure sugar. haha.

Don’t forget to scroll up and enter the quinoa recipe contest! And enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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