Rice is a pantry staple for a reason – it’s so versatile you could have it at every meal cooked up in completely different ways. See, rice soaks up flavors. So you can infuse the rice with spices while it’s cooking. Or, mix in ingredients to cooked rice to give it a kick of flavor (Hello, fried rice!). Then again, you can keep it plain and then add a sauce on top. Still need other reasons? Rice is low in calories, with almost no fat and it’s both cholesterol-free and sodium-free (gluten-free, too). Break out a bag of rice – it’s time to get cooking, especially since September is National Rice Month!
Here’s how to make the most of fall flavors. Start by sautéing chicken in butter then mix in rice, diced apples, mushrooms, onions and dried cranberries. This recipe for apple chicken and rice from Taste of Home includes a variety of textures and flavors. Dinner, done!
You can make this cheeseburger rice from Uncle Ben’s in 15 minutes. Two pouches of creamy four cheese rice get mixed in with 1 pound ground beef, a can of diced tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, ketchup, mustard and a little pickle relish. Serve hamburger buns on the side.
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Stir eggs into wild rice before baking in a 10-inch skillet for this mushroom and wild rice fritatta recipe from Eating Well. Put this dish together even faster by using leftover rice!
You don’t need to order out at your favorite Chinese restaurant – instead try making your own fried rice at home with this recipe from theKitchn. With step-by-step instructions you’ll be able to make perfect fried rice every time. Plus, all of the ingredients are kitchen staples like soy sauce, frozen peas and red pepper flakes.
Peppered with tomatoes, green chiles, garlic and onions, the Pioneer Woman’s recipe for basic Mexican rice has just the right amount of spice. She uses canned tomatoes instead of fresh ones to cut the prep time down. Make tacos and beans to go along with the rice for a hearty, Mexican meal.
This recipe for Cuban black beans and rice from Real Simple packs plenty of flavor with just a few ingredients. Cook the rice according to the package directions so you can spend you time perfecting the beans that go on top. The beans are sautéed with olive oil, onion, bell pepper, garlic and other spices for an authentic Cuban taste.