Simple rice recipe infused with cinnamon and Vanilla Ensure® Regular

Cinnamon Rice Recipe

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    Stephanie Jamain, RD, Dietitian at Abbott Nutrition

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  • This recipe takes this much time to prepare Ready in 45 minutes
  • This recipe makes several servings or portions Makes 6 servings


  • 1 bottle (235 mL) Vanilla Ensure® Regular
  • 10 mL (2 tsp) vegetable oil
  • 160 mL (⅔ cup) white basmati rice
  • 2 green or brown cardamom pods (or 1 mL [¼ tsp] ground cardamom)
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half (or 1 mL [¼ tsp] ground cinnamon)
  • 1 mL (¼ tsp) salt
  • 160 mL (⅔ cup) water

How to make

  • Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
  • Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add rice and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly to toast the rice.
  • Add cardamom, cloves, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, and salt, and continue to stir. Add water and bring to a simmer.
  • Add Ensure® Regular and continue to cook until it begins to simmer. (Do not allow the mixture to come to a boil.)
  • Remove from heat.
  • Pour mixture into a 20-cm (8-inch) square oven-safe baking dish.
  • Cover tightly with aluminum foil.
  • Place on the middle rack of the oven and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Check the rice. It may need an additional 5 minutes to absorb all of the liquid.
  • Remove from oven. Allow the rice to steam, covered, for 5 minutes.
  • Remove cover.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork before serving.

Nutrition facts

Serving size: 75 mL ( cup)
  • Calories
  • 90
  • Fat
  • 2.5 g
  • Sodium
  • 130 mg
  • Carbohydrate
  • 15 g
  • Dietary fibre
  • 0 g
  • Protein
  • 2 g
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  • Serve with grilled cajun spiced fish, spicy grilled chicken breast, curry chicken or turkey.

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* From a survey of 1,038 independent-living adults aged 50+ who added 1 serving of Ensure® Protein Max 30 g per day for at least 5 days over a 2-week period, compared to control group (p<0.0001).

Canadian formulation is similar to the one used in the survey. Applies to Chocolate and Vanilla flavours.

† Compared to one serving (235 mL) of Ensure® Regular.
‡ Per 330-mL serving.

§ Brand of oral nutritional supplements.

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