Anyhoo, I had a little epiphany last night. I had rice left over from dinner and I got to thinking...could I pull off a quickie rice pudding if I mixed a bit of this with cinnamon and a little vanilla pudding? I always have Sugar Free Snack Pak puddings in the cabinet - vanilla for me and chocolate for Jason, of course - and cinnamon is a staple at our house, so I was in business. I mixed 1/2 a cup of rice (mine was medium grain so it was a little more tender than long grain rice), one vanilla pudding cup, a couple healthy shakes of cinnamon and a splash of skim milk to thin it out a bit as the sugar free puddings are lusciously thick. It was magic! I enjoyed it equally at room temperature last night and chilled this morning. Note: That means I actually exercised the restraint to save half of it just for the sake of trying it cold. Yes, I am that dedicated to my craft.
The moral of the story is this: If you ever find yourself with a few extra ingredients on hand, throw them in a bowl, add some cinnamon (my husband can tell you how many times I've added this spice to off-the-wall things "just to see if it works") and see what happens. You may just pleasantly surprise yourself. I certainly did.