Rice Pudding in the Microwave

Thanks to reader Ilana for submitting this recipe, along with her notes.
Rice Pudding

From The Jewish Low-Cholesterol Cookbook by Roberta Leviton

* 1 cup raw rice, cooked (I use brown rice — it comes to about 2.5 cups cooked)
* 2 T sugar
* 1/2 t vanilla
* 1/2 t cinnamom
* 1 t lemon juice (I have also used orange juice instead)
* 3 egg whites (comes out fine with two whole eggs instead)
* 3/4 cup milk
* 1/4 cup melted margarine (I leave this out)
* 1/2 cup raisins or chopped dates (optional — I leave this out too).

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