Rice is a staple food—and one of the most widely consumed ingredients—in cuisines across the globe. It is such a cheap, easy-to-make, easy-to-store, and easy-to-use kitchen staple it can feel indispensable. Wonderful ingredients for meal prep and for stretching leftovers and proteins into a complete meal. You can transform the simple ingredient that’s almost always in your pantry into everything. Check these out!
Chorizo And Cheese Rice Patties
These patties stand alone as a meal: they’re packed with flavorful chorizo and shredded cheese, and you can serve them with guacamole for extra flavor (and protein!). You could also top two patties with a poached egg for a new take on eggs Benedict, or cook bite-size patties and serve as hors d’oeuvres.
Coconut Rice Pudding
The best part about this creamy dish? It can be served hot, room temperature, or chilled, and it’s great eaten at any time of day. The rice is tender but not mushy, and the coconut flavor is present, but not overwhelming. We like serving it with toasted nuts, or chopped kiwi.
Brown Rice Congee
The runny yolks add richness to this slow-cooked congee. Plus, it’s easy to make soft-boiled eggs for a crowd. Simply bring a large pot of water to a boil, add one egg per guest, and cook exactly 7 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon, plunge into a bowl of ice water, then peel, halve, and divide amongst serving bowls.
Wild Rice And Mushroom Pilaf With Cranberries
Looking for the perfect side dish to complement poultry or meat? This Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf is anything but ordinary. The savoriness of mushrooms and onions paired with fresh herbs and tart cranberries makes this dish a true show-stopper.
Orange Glazed Chicken And Coconut Rice
This coconut rice is so simple to make. You simply substitute canned coconut milk for water and steam the rice as you normally would. It’s the kind of ingenious trick that makes a good recipe more than just a set of instructions, but a guide for creativity in the kitchen.
Spicy Salmon With Bok Choy And Rice
Get a healthy meal on the table in 20 minutes with this smart plan to divide and conquer. While the salmon cooks up quickly in the oven, you’ll cook the rice according to the package directions, make a tasty glaze for the fish—with a bit of honey, soy sauce, and crushed red pepper—and steam the baby bok choy. Plate the salmon over a bed of rice next to your green vegetable, and voila.
Clearly, no matter where you come from or what type of cuisine you prefer, rice recipes are top of mind. The simple ingredient gets completely transformed when you pair it with curry or red beans, sauté it with various ingredients. It tastes delicious with any type of protein, sauce, and works just as well for breakfast or lunch (even dessert) as it does for dinner.