Cinnamon Spiced Rice

Cinnamon Spiced Rice the perfect side dish

I don't know if I've ever mentioned it, but I eat a lot of rice for breakfast. A lot. In some cultures it's probably common but nothing like the morning cuisine I grew up with. And I'm not really sure when my husband and I started making large batches of what we call "morning rice", but it sort of just evolved.


Now, we don't make just plain white rice, we doctor it up with all kinds of flavors. Honestly, our rice dishes are rarely the same concoction, which makes mornings pretty exciting around here. So, when RiceSelect™ asked me to try their Royal Blend® with Brown Red & Wild Rice, it didn't take me more than a second to say yes. I am always up for a new flavor blend when it comes to this grain.

RiceSelect asked me how I turn dinner (or breakfast) into a destination. Well, for this particular dish I turned to my travels and took inspiration from the ancient country of Morocco. Spices are essential in Moroccan cooking and I can still smell the sweet, wafting aromas of cinnamon cooking away in the many tagines around the city. 

I also enjoy the heat and flavor of this savory side dish with my crispy chicken. The RiceSelect rice blend is nutty and satisfying on its own, but for dinner it is a wonderful healthy and nutritious side kick to many savory meals. The cinnamon and spices take this over the top and add to the meal with a hint of sweetness.
 
Cinnamon Spiced Rice using Rice Select blend
What I really loved was the texture of this dish. It's hard to believe you can have brown rice that is ready in such a short amount of time. The varying colors make it more visually appealing, which is important since we always eat with our eyes first.

I have tried lots of different rice blends but I have to say this is my new favorite. As soon as this batch disappeared another one was in the works. The particular mix of spices I used in this blend of rice is a comforting dish you will crave again and again.

While my husband and I don't often repeat many of our rice inventions, this has made it through the rotation three times. It just might be a record.

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Cinnamon Spiced Rice
Serves 6, Created by Cathy Pollak

1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup finely chopped scallions
3 cloves garlic, pressed
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon Chinese five spice
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne (1/4 teaspoon for less heat)
2 Tablespoons sugar
3 cups water
4 teaspoons chicken bouillon
2 cups RiceSelect Royal Blend with Brown, Red & Wild Rice
1 cup golden raisins

Melt butter over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet. Saute scallions for 2 minutes and add garlic, cooking for one minute more. Add spices and sugar and stir until fully incorporated.

Add water and chicken bouillon to the spice mixture and bring to a boil. Add rice and raisins. Cover and reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Cook for twenty minutes. Turn off heat, stir and recover. Let sit 10 minutes before serving.

Cinnamon Spiced Rice using Rice Select
Enjoy it.

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248 Comments

  1. Elena 1

    Sweet and Spicy Rice

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  2. Elena 2
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  3. Sweet and Spicy Rice!

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  5. Susan Maggy 5

    Royal Blend Surprise

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  6. KB 6

    Golden Spiced Rice.

    It looks so warm and comforting, too. I might just have to look for that rice!

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  7. Noelle 7

    Cinnamon Infused Breakfast Rice

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  8. carmen b 8

    Royal Spiced Rice

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  9. Amy S. 9

    Five Spice Rice

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  10. Tabitha 10

    Cinnamon and Spice Rice

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  11. meg 11

    Sweet & Spicy Rice

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  12. joe 12

    Sweet & Spicy Rice

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  13. Alison 13

    Wild spice rice

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  14. mary jane s. 14

    I would name it royal cinnamon sweet & spicy rice..yummmmmeee! love your blog, tried a lot of your recipes, they are delightful and easy to make and taste so good. Rain is about and now in our area, we live near your vineyard..love your blog..mary jane s. from momanddad00@clear.net!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. Karen Albro 15

    Moroccan Express

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  16. Susan Broughton 16

    Savory and Sweet Rice would be a good name to me.

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  17. ola 17

    Rocking Casbah Rice

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  18. Susan Broughton 18

    I tweeted about the giveaway. Here is the link: link to twitter.com

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  19. Laura 19

    Spice Dream Rice

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  20. Margi in Ky 20

    Breakfast with the World

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  21. Kelly D 21

    I would call this dish Taste of Autumn Rice.

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  22. Kelly D 22
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  23. Shelly 23

    Spicy Cinnamon Rice.

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  24. Mary Beth Elderton 24

    I see it seems to be a favorite, but the first thing that came to my mind was Royal Spiced Rice. This looks delicious!

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  25. Heidi 25

    Chinese Five Spice Rice!

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  26. Mary Beth Elderton 26
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  27. Julie 27

    I’d call it savory spiced rice. And I may be calling it that soon because it sounds wonderful!

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  28. Athena R 28

    Savory Rice Pudding

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  29. Athena R 29
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  30. I have never thought to have RICE for breakfast. Pairing it with cinnamon is definitely calling to me.

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  31. julie odell 31

    Rainbow rice

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  32. Dawn 32

    I would just say ” I’m gonna make that real good rice that we like” and forget naming it because my husband wouldn’t remember it anyway.! definitely going to make this,but really sweetie, when you’re 66 ya gotta be careful about scallions, shallots and garlic for breakfast ;) I’m going to eat it a little later in the day…..whooooohooooo

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  33. Mami2jcn 33

    Spice and Everything Nice Rice!

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  34. Mami2jcn 34

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/387372885032972288

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  35. Sweet and Spicy Cinnamon Rice

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  36. Sues 36

    I love this idea! I’ve actually never thought to make rice for breakfast, though I have made quinoa. But this dish just sounds way too delicious!

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  37. Margot C 37

    Wonderful Spiced Rice

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  38. Margot C 38

    I posted a tweet too : link to twitter.com

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  39. Lisa Brown 39

    Indian Spiced Rice
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  40. Lisa Brown 40

    tweet-https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/387549124251246592
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  41. Cheri Kittrell 41

    I would call it “Moroccan Sunrise” because not only is it bright and cheery and colorful in the way of a sunrise from the golden raisins and seasonings, but you eat it for breakfast!

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  42. Joan 42

    Cinnamon Spice Rice

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  43. Tracey Alvernaz 43

    Nice with Spice-Rice

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  44. Yuki 44

    I’ve been eating rice all my life, but never thought of spicing it up with cinnamon! Great idea, thanks for the giveaway!

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  45. Kari S. 45

    Zesty Autumn Rice!

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  46. Linda 46

    Moroccan Spiced Rice Pudding

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  47. sara 47

    Autumn spice rice

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  48. Randi Lynne 48

    Sweet, Spicy and Savory Rice

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  49. Blessie Nelson 49

    How about Savory Sweet Rice

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  50. Blessie Nelson 50
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  51. sippy 51

    Moroccan Spiced Pilaf. It looks delicious, and I, too, love rice for breakfast…usually just with milk and cinnamon sugar, but you’ve definitely inspired me!

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  52. I think the name you picked for it is perfect! Such a lovely, hearty and comforting rice dish for the fall. I love it, Cathy!

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  53. Marilyn H. 53

    Piquant Cinnamon Breakfast Rice

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  54. Moroccan spices are one of my faves. Great recipe, Cathy! I’d call it “Moroccan Spiced Rice” :)

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  55. Frank Mosher 55

    Call it what it is. Rice pudding!

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  56. D Schmidt 56

    I would call is Cinnariffic Rice

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  57. Tara 57

    Warm and Spicy Cinnamon Rice

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  58. D Schmidt 58
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  59. Carole Resnick 59

    Raisin Infused Rice

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  60. April G 60

    I think I’d call it Warm and Savory Spiced Rice!

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  61. Rice with a twist

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  62. courtney b 62

    sweet cinnamon rice la mode !

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  63. courtney b 63
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  64. amy pugmire 64

    Fall spiced rice.

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  65. amy pugmire 65
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  66. Sharon O. 66

    I’d name it “Rice and Shine!” since you eat it for breakfast.

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  67. Sharon O. 67
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  68. Million Dollar Rice for Free!

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  69. One 69

    Cinnamon Spiced Rice

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  70. One 70

    Tweet: link to twitter.com
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  71. Aubri 71

    Casablanca Morning Rice

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  72. ronita reece 72

    cinnamon spiced rice delight……i love mixing the sweet with the savory, thanks for the recipe…….i used your popover recipe as a guideline the other day and used Montana White whole wheat and coconut and almond milk with a little cows milk and they turned out delicious…..i used your tips, thanks!

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  73. Christa K. 73

    I would call it Cinnamon Royal. Looks delish!

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  74. Susan Smith 74

    Sweet & Spicy Rice

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  75. Susan Smith 75
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  76. This sounds so good!!!

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  77. Jessie C. 77

    Mixed spice rice bowl.

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  78. Jessie C. 78

    -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/389584302347800576

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  79. Carolsue 79

    I would call it, “Not Your Mom’s Spiced Rice.”
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  80. Carolsue 80

    I tweeted
    link to twitter.com
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  81. Wanda 81

    Rice Expresso

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  82. rachel 82

    Moroccan Spiced Rice

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  83. Melinda 83

    gingerbread rice

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  84. Melinda 84
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  85. Tracy Caldwell 85

    I’d call it Cinna-Spice Rice!

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  86. Susan Sirois 86

    Belly Warmers Yummy Surprise

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  87. Becky H 87

    “Better than your morning oatmeal” Rice!!!

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  88. Sandy Headtke 88

    Royal Spice Rice

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  89. Alicia cp 89

    This recipe is right ip my ally. So it’d probably be cslled “mama rice”.

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  90. Jenny 90

    Moroccan Spiced Rice

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  91. Rebekah 91

    Autumn Spice Breakfast Rice

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  92. Marielle Weaver 92

    Sunrise Rice

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  93. Wild Orchid 93

    Sweet and Spicy Asian Rice. Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  94. Wild Orchid 94

    tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/392712846624030720
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  95. Erika 95

    Sugar and spice rice

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  96. Tina M 96

    sweet rice bowl

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  97. Tina M 97
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  98. Monica 98

    Taste of Autumn Rice

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  99. Meryl 99

    Mor-Rockin’ Rice

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  100. Janice Cooper 100

    Exotic spiced rice

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  101. Janice Cooper 101
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  102. Judy Warren 102

    Call it: Royal Rice

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  103. shari w. 103

    I would call it Royal Rice with cinnamon

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  104. Tamar 104

    Cinnamon Spiced Rice and everything nice :)
    sorry, had to piggyback on your existing title! :)

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  105. Danielle F. 105

    I’d name it Fall’s Sweet and Spicy Cinnamon Rice Bowl

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  106. Margaret Smith 106

    Sweet and spicy rice.
    Thanks so much.

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  107. Margaret Smith 107

    I tweeted: link to twitter.com
    Thanks again

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  108. donna marchlewski 108

    Royalty Rice

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  109. Stephanie V. 109

    autumn rice delight
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  110. Kiara 110

    Spicy Rice.
    austma7@aol.com

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  111. Natalie 111

    Fall ricy spicy dish

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  112. Jacob LaFountaine 112

    Holiday Asian Rice

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  113. heather 113

    I would name this dish “Sweet Delight Rice”

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  114. Shannon Baas 114

    brown rice delight.

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  115. christine burd 115

    I would call it Royal Emperor Rice dish

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  116. Cynthia C 116

    I would call it Rice Delight

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  117. Cynthia C 117
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  118. Kim Henrichs 118

    Yum!! I would call it Spice Island Rice.

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  119. Kim Henrichs 119
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  120. Kim Ripley 120

    Cinnamon Spice Rice

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  121. Kim H 121

    Royal Blend® Whole Grain with Texmati® Brown & Wild Rice
    ky_grandma40@yahoo.com

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  122. Barbara M 122

    Fall Bounty Rice – thank you.

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  123. Barbara M 123
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  124. Kimberly Snyder 124

    Cinnamon/Spice Rice

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  125. jessica 125

    savory sweet rice

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  126. Kerry 126

    Sweetly spiced rice.

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  127. Kerry 127
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  128. HilLesha 128

    A Dash of Cinnamon Rice

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  129. Diane baum 129

    I would call it my breakfast rice, because it reminds me of cinna. oatmeal

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  130. Anastasia 130

    I’m terrible with names :) I’d probably just call it Sweet Cinnamon Spiced Rice, so you get the idea of whats in it lol :)

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  131. Anastasia 131

    Tweeted :) – link to twitter.com

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  132. tina reynolds 132

    All the spice and some rice

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  133. tina reynolds 133
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  134. gina 134

    Asian Sweet and Spicy Rice

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  135. Karen D 135

    I’d name it “Rice is Nice with Five-Spice”

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  136. Karen D 136

    Tweeted at link to twitter.com

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  137. maria cantu 137

    cinnamon rice pudding

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  138. Debbie B 138

    Rice & Spice

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  139. Debbie B 139

    i posted a tweet:

    link to twitter.com

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  140. Dee 140

    I’d name it Harvest Cinnamon Delight

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  141. Dee 141

    tweeted as well link to twitter.com

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  142. Rebecca Graham 142

    I would name it Spicy Yum.

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  143. Rebecca Graham 143

    Tweeted: link to twitter.com

    .

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  144. Betty C 144

    I would name it Versatile Cinnamon Rice.

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  145. Betty C 145
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  146. Sarah Hirsch 146

    Cinnamon and Sugar Rice

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  147. Lisa V. 147

    Breakfast Spiced Rice.

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  148. Erica Best 148

    fall rice

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  149. Erica Best 149
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  150. Lauren-Olivia Wood 150

    I would call this dish, Far East Rice.

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  151. Jennifer 151

    southern rice comfort!

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  152. Pauline M 152

    How about cinni-rice?

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  153. Pauline M 153
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  154. ky2here 154

    Ricy healthy goodness.

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  155. ky2here 155
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  156. kjasus 156

    i would call it ‘you’re so sweet rice’

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  157. kjasus 157
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  158. Tanya B 158

    Cinna-spice rice

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  159. Ellie W 159

    I would just name it spiced rice.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  160. Ellie W 160
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  161. Anna Pry 161

    Id call it “Better Than Oatmeal Anytime Rice”
    pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  162. Anna Pry 162
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  163. Daniel M 163

    rice n spice

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  164. Caroyn 164

    Sugar & Rice

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  165. Shauntea Crutcher 165

    Rice medley

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  166. Jill Myrick 166

    Tantalizing & Exotic Cinnamon Rice.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  167. Amy Tong 167

    I would name it Spiced up Dirty Rice
    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  168. Amy Tong 168

    tweeted:
    link to twitter.com

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  169. Anastacia 169

    Sweet & Spicy Ricy

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  170. joni 170

    Spice Rice Royale’

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  171. joni 171
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  172. Stephanie Larison 172

    Fall rice

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  173. Heather S 173

    I’d name it Home Grown Spiced Rice!

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  174. Heather S 174
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  175. joseph gersch 175

    heartwarming rice delight

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  176. Harmony B 176

    oops should be cinnamon surprise rice

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  177. Colin Glendon 177

    I would name it cinna-rice. Short and sweet, just like the dish.

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  178. crystal smith 178

    This really looks delicious and nothing like what Ive had before when it comes to rice- I definitely want to give it a try! I think I’d name it something like Sweet n’ Spicy Fall Harvest Rice :)

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  179. david cosgrove 179

    I would like to try the Royal blend first.

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  180. Erica C. 180

    Warm rice blend.

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  181. Ambrosia Ross 181

    Sweet and Spicy Breakfast Rice

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  182. Michelle Tucker 182

    Sweet and Hearty Rice is what I’d name it.
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

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  183. Michelle Tucker 183

    tweeted link to twitter.com
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

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  184. Michelle H 184

    Perhaps, cinnarice desert

    michcon AT michmedia DOT com

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  185. Michelle H 185

    tweeted for entry

    link to twitter.com

    michcon AT michmedia DOT com

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  186. Bruce 186

    Cinnamon rice

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  187. Nicole Larsen 187

    I would call it spice and rice!

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  188. Nicole Larsen 188
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  189. janna johnson 189

    Rice De Spice

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  190. LAMusing 190

    Royal Spiced Rice (sounds delicious!)

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  191. Norma 191

    Cinnarice

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  192. Jacob LaFountaine 192

    I would go with CinnaRice

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  193. Patrice 193

    Uptown Rice Pudding

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  194. Linda G. 194

    I would call it cinnamon and rice supreme

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  195. Betty 195

    What an interesting dish – I would name it Moroccan Rice.

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  196. Betty 196
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  197. Alicia 197

    I would call it cinaminy rice.

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  198. Kayla 198

    Spiced Rice Pudding.

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  199. Sonya Morris 199

    I may call it Morning Spice Rice.

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  200. Sonya Morris 200

    Link to tweet:
    link to twitter.com

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  201. steph 201

    steaming hot rice!

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  202. steph 202
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  203. Gianna 203

    Spiced Rice.

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  204. Karen Drake 204

    I would name it Cinnamon Rice Fiesta.

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  205. s riches 205

    I would name it Spicy Raisin Rice

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  206. Nicole Carter 206

    I would call this Heavenly Cinnamon Rice pudding
    raventally30@aol.com

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  207. Nicole Carter 207
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  208. kathy pease 208

    id name this cinnamon harvest rice

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  209. kathy pease 209
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  210. Allie 210

    I would name it Fall Spiced Rice

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  211. Nadine L 211

    Warm Fall Treat

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  212. Nadine L 212
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  213. Lisa Garner 213

    I would name this dish Fall’s Bounty.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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  214. Lisa Garner 214

    I Tweeted: link to twitter.com

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  215. Buddy Garrett 215

    I would name it Cinnamon Five Spice Rice.

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  216. Mallory Bailey 216

    I would name it Sweet Cinnamon Rice.

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  217. thischickwins 217

    Hearty Spiced Rice

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  218. Pam C 218

    I’m Morocco My World Rice

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  219. candy kratzer 219
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  220. candy kratzer 220

    Yumtastic spice rice!

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  221. Ronald Robinson 221

    Moroccan Morning Rice

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  222. Ronald Robinson 222
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  223. Robin Chesser 223

    The spice is right!

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  224. Spiced Sizzling Rice!

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  225. susan smoaks 225

    i would name it the new rice pudding!

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  226. Thomas Murphy 226

    I would name it rice surprise.

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  227. Thomas Murphy 227
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  228. Michelle Thayer 228

    Savory Cinnamon Rice

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  229. Shawn Felkins 229

    Cinnamon Dolce Rice

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  230. Tabathia B 230

    rice and bean soup

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  231. Tabathia B 231

    tweet link to twitter.com

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  232. Amanda Sakovitz 232

    i would name it fall medley

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  233. Amanda Sakovitz 233
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  234. Spicy Raisin Asian Pilaf!

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  235. I tweeted here: link to twitter.com

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  236. Jackee 236

    Savory Cinnamon Rice

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  237. Jackee 237
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  238. Roxann 238

    Heaven and Hell rice.

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  239. Roxann 239
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  240. mariem 240

    spiced spiked rice

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  241. Sarah L 241

    Moroccan Three Rice
    Thanks for the contest.

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  242. Sarah L 242
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  243. Sand 243

    Sweet & Spice Rice.

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  244. Nicole Weite 244

    Sweet and savory royal rice. Looks divine.

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  245. Mihaela Day 245

    Yummy Spicy Rice

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  246. Cindy Cunningham 246

    Cinnfully Spice Rice!

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  247. Scarlet 247

    Five Spice Wild Rice

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  248. Amy B. 248

    Rice that goes with anything.

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