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October 18, 2014

Corn as replacement to Rice

Rice is very popular consumed throughout the world. It is a staple food for many people residing in Asia and on other continents. It is available in many varieties. Here in the Philippines, Rice is the regular on the dining table or during the meals anywhere, anytime.  And  corn  is also one of the most popular cereals, too. In Mindanao and the Visayas, corn is a food staple because it is more accessible and is considered more filling. Corn to replace Rice ? 

Last October 13, 2014 , during a special lunch meeting and presentation held at Chef Jessie Rockwell Club in Makati City, we were served special meals that we witnessed RiCo Corn Rice makes healthy, yummy, as it looked like rice but differest color - yellow. Taste ? Yummy!

Rico corn rice is made from 100% Philippine-grown corn fortified with iron and calcium. It tastes just like regular rice but provides the nutrition of corn. Each grain is naturally rich in antioxidants and vitamin A as well as beta-carotene and lutein for good eyesight. As a complex carbohydrate, corn provides sustained energy. It is ideal for athletes and those who lead active lifestyles.

Corn is known for its high fiber content, a quality valued by the figure-conscious. In addition, corn has no cholesterol and has lower glycemic index for controlled and balanced blood sugar that is ideal for diabetics and weight watchers.

Incorporating RiCo corn rice into the daily routine is fairly simple. Its preparation is not far from what we are accustomed to. At the recent launch of RiCo, RiCo’s very own Chef Joey dela Cruz demonstrated the three easy steps of cooking RiCo: boil, pour, and simmer. 

Boil the suggested amount of water.

Pour the desired amount of RiCo. 

Simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes. 

To prevent loss of water-soluble nutrients, the grains should not be washed. If a loose and fluffy consistency or buhaghag is preferred, RiCo should be cooked like pasta: boil the water, put in RiCo, and then, drain. RiCo retains its yellow hue even after it is cooked, making it very visually appealing and a hit among children.

Chef Jessie Sincioco demonstrated the versatility of the ingredient through a sit-down meall.

Mesclun Greens Salad with Prawn RiCo Pops, in Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing 

Minestrone with RiCo

Pan-Fried Codfish Fillet in Pommery Mustard Sauce

Grilled Chicken Breast in Creamy Pepper Sauce served with RiCo Pilaf and Sautéed French Beans

and the best dessert I tasted, healthy and yummy - the RiCo Crocant Roll

That's an awesome lunch we had. The next activity I'll do, try the recipes of Chef Jessie using the healthy, yummy corn rice. At home, you can use RiCo in your daily favorites such as sinangag, java rice, yang chow rice, and paella.

The locally produced RiCo is a first from the Philippines. Aside from making healthy yummy, this innovation also provides increased livelihood for our farmers and develops our country’s natural resources.

This product called RiCo has the healthy benefits of corn with the shape and yummy taste of rice.

Because it is made from 100% Philippine-grown corn, RiCo has no cholesterol and has low glycemic index or GI, which is a measurement of how fast blood-sugar or glucose is absorbed in the bloodstream. Low GI means slow and steady glucose absorption that is ideal for diabetics, athletes, and those who want to eat healthily.

As RiCo becomes more popular and is consumed more, RiCo corn rice helps the country to be self-sufficient regarding staple food. It is the RiCo vision to become part of the movement for healthy Filipino bodies and a healthy Philippine economy.

RiCo is available in 1-kilogram, 2-kilogram, and 5-kilogram packs at SM Supermarket, SM Hypermarket, Rustan’s Supermarket, Walter Mart Supermarket, Robinsons Supermarket, Ever Supermarket, The Landmark Supermarket, Sta. Lucia East Supermarket, Pioneer Centre Supermart, Hi-Top Supermart, Cherry Foodarama, South Supermarket, NCCC Supermarket, Gaisano Mall, and other leading supermarkets nationwide.

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