Another favorite we like in the summer is Hawaiian Haystacks or sometimes known as Hawaiian Sundaes.
These are easy to whip up, (especially if you use instant or quick rice) and a fun way to eat a mix of items.
Serves 8 (two servings each)
3 boxes of 5 minute brown rice (we use generic brands...) cooked
4-5 C gravy -- chicken is the one we usually use, but brown works too..with chunks of meat in it (chicken chunks or beef) you can also use cream of chicken soup
2 C grated cheddar cheese
1 sweet onion chopped (or 3 green onion)
3 celery stalks chopped
2 C veggies...mixed variety or whatever you prefer
1 can pineapple tidbits or slices made into tidbits (drained)
2 tomatoes, chopped
chow main noodles (optional)
Almond slivers (optional)
The rice is layered on the plate first, then the gravy. We usually put the cheese on next so it can melt, and then layer the rest to taste. It's a great left over meal too...