3 Quick and Easy Rice Recipes

by Editorial Team | March 10th, 2018 | Cooking Basics

Rice is one of the most valuable items you might have in your pantry, and that’s because it can get you out of a tricky situation and save you a lot of bucks that would otherwise go on takeout and other such unhealthy foods. It’s true that rice does have a number of calories you could do without, but unless you have dietary limitations, you can indulge in this type of food now and then.

For your consideration, we have put together a list of several recipes you might want to try out the next time you’re all out of ideas. Just make sure that you use all of the ingredients in the right amount, especially when you’re giving a recipe a shot for the first time. To do that, use a digital precision scale or any other kitchen scale that actually works.

Red beans and rice
If you like Southern food, you’re going to love this recipe. The meal is prepared in the slow-cooker, so you won’t waste a lot of time making sure that nothing gets burnt. Use smoked turkey sausage, onion, bell pepper, and add a decent amount of creole seasoning.

Basically, what you will have to focus your efforts on will be the beans as you can make the rice separately either in your rice cooker or simply prepare it in a standard fashion in a pot.

Fried rice
Who doesn’t love a bit of Chinese food once in a while? The problem with Chinese takeout is that it is loaded with calories as most of the dishes have a lot of sweet sauce or soy sauce, so they’re not good for you. Aside from being too heavy, they also provide an unnecessary amount of sugars and worse, sodium, so if you eat like that regularly, you might risk developing heart disease.

For chicken fried rice made at home, you can use any type of veggies and small pieces of chicken. But the sky’s the limit when it comes to your creativity, so you can add lime juice, a little bit of garlic, or virtually any ingredient you feel like adding on the spot. Just make sure you cook the eggs properly for one minute on medium heat in a large skillet. Scramble them, and they’re perfect to add to your rice.  

Rice salad
If you love greens and veggies, you’re one of the luckiest people on the planet. Rice can be used as a filler for most salads because it makes you feel satisfied a lot quicker compared to other ingredients.

For super delicious salads, we recommend using wild rice, pecans, green onions, and red bell pepper. If you decide to rely on some good old shredded chicken you’ve prepped several days before, you’ll be able to whip up this salad in no time. It should be scrumptious, time-efficient, and above all, healthy.

There are many other rice recipes you might want to give a try, and they range from rice pilaf to risotto and heaps more. You just have to make sure that you use whatever you can get.

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