Cuban Rice Dishes
Cuban rice, paired with black beans, is a fantastic side or a stand-alone meal. Easy and inexpensive, this Cuban rice recipe works beautifully for parties and potlucks.See Popular Cuban Rice Dishes Recipes
Browned pineapple slices layered with ham, black beans, sweet peppers, and rice are at the heart of this dazzling main-dish recipe that takes less than 30 minutes to prepare.
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When you thumb through cookbooks or surf the net looking for instructions on how to cook wild rice, you may be surprised to find out that wild rice isn't a rice at all, but instead a nutritious grain. In fact, it's the only cereal grain that's native to North America.
Risotto is one of the most elegant dishes to come out of the Italian kitchen. All that gorgeous plump-and-creamy rice blended with herbs, vegetables, chicken, seafood -- anything you like, really -- just can't be matched anywhere else. But risotto suffers from a serious misconception -- that it's hard to make.
My pregnancy diet basically consisted of potatoes, rice dishes, and anything packaged in a container labeled Ben & Jerry's. So, when I read about a new study that shows rice may contain arsenic levels high enough to pass through the placenta, well, let's just say I'm glad my birthing days are over. WebMD reports researchers from Dartmouth Medical School tested arsenic levels in 229 pregnant women and, after eliminating water as a cause, found those who had dined on rice recently showed slightly elevated inorganic arsenic levels, which can be toxic.
Delicious Chinese cuisine -- all those things we love, such as dumplings, great stir-fry dishes, fluffy fried-rice, and rich healthy soups -- taste their best around this time of the year, which is the kick-off to the big lunar New Year celebration. In 2013, the Year of the Snake begins next week, on February 5, so the time to get going on your holiday recipes is right now. Don't be put off: Thanks to a bevy of great blogs, all the great Chinese dishes you love, usually sampled only at a restaurant for most of us, are easy to make.
This year, my resolution is to eat more healthy greens, specifically collards. What's so great about this nutrition-packed vegetable is that you can buy a ton of it, keep in on hand, and create all kinds of easy dishes without ever having to make up anything ahead -- think "rice" with way more goodness! Let's get started with a terrific recipe for Collard Greens and Smoked Turkey.
Jambalaya, a hodgepodge of meat, seafood, and rice, is one of Louisiana's most iconic dishes. Though recipes vary widely, there are two versions basic versions: Creole jambalaya, which originated in New Orleans as a stand-in for Spanish paella, contains tomatoes, while Cajun jambalaya, which sprang up from settlers in the state's bayou country, does not. Don't fret if you don't know which one to choose--both versions are delicious.
Betcha when you think "cranberries," you almost automatically think "sauce" -- and no doubt, cranberries do a noble job serving as the sweet-tart foil to Thanksgiving's main event: the turkey. But these ruby-red berries are incredibly versatile--they have a bright, fruit-forward flavor that lends itself to appetizers (especially those with mild cheese), drinks (from cocktails to refreshing teas and punches), side dishes (they add a nice crunch, color, and spark to rice), and desserts, where they play nicely with a whole host of other fruits and spices. Plus, that slight sourness is a boon when you're pairing the berries with ubersweet ingredients like apples, apricots, and peaches.
Southeastern Louisiana has as many different takes on how to make gumbo as it has gumbo pots. Any number of ingredients common to Cajun country -- shrimp, crab, oysters, chicken, pork, andouille sausage, peppers and okra -- find their way into this simmering stew seasoned to perfection and served over rice.
Since couscous is an ingredient better known in international cuisine than American, some people think of it as "exotic" and shy away from learning how to cook couscous. But this granular pasta with North African roots could hardly be more basic. And it's a cinch to prepare: The fast-cooking variety needs only as long as it takes to soak up boiled water or hot broth -- just a few moments, and it's done.
Cornbread connoisseurs have a long line of people to thank for making this quick bread a mainstay in American cooking. In fact, this staple of Southern and Southwestern cuisine may be one of the most truly American foods there is. Native Americans used corn, or "maize," in cooking all sorts of dishes--including cornbread--for thousands of years before colonists first set food in what we now know as the United States. Since cornbread is leavened with baking powder instead of yeast, it was easy for early settlers to master how to make cornbread even with limited resources. So, it's no wonder the dish caught on. Its unique flavor and texture have kept it a favorite over the years.
Chances are you already have a recipe or two for how to bake chicken breast. Chicken is a favorite mealtime choice in many households, and with good reason. It's low in fat and high in protein, and its mild flavor means it goes well with ingredients both common and exotic. Finding new recipes to keep your menu planning fresh and exciting can be a challenge, especially if you're cooking for a family. That makes chicken breast a great choice. Like the proverbial little black dress, you can dress chicken up or down depending on the occasion. Versatile chicken offers so many options, you need never get bored.
This recipe for oozing-with-cheese Cuban sandwiches is not just easy, it seems too good to be true -- a dish with only 5 ingredients that takes only 24 minutes to make. But, ah, what ingredients: luscious, melty Swiss cheese, crusty Italian bread, pickles, mustard, and -- here's the best part -- bit slabs of juicy pork. Go on, grill the pork, or make these Cuban Sandwiches in record time by using up all your leftover pork.
Warmer weather means grilling. And that means even easier ways to cook delicious meals that yield plenty of leftovers. But these days, most folks want something better than just hot dogs and hamburgers from their grills.
I'm taking my family on a voyage of discovery this week, with the help of a "forbidden" treasure. Instead of plain old white rice, I'm cooking up black rice, also known as "forbidden rice." This delicious heirloom rice variety harvested in China and Italy has a dramatically dark appearance (it actually has a deep-purple hue when it's cooked) and a deeply nutty flavor.