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.
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.
We've handpicked our best chicken and rice dishes just for you. Whether you're looking for a hearty casserole or a savory soup, we've got recipes you're guaranteed to enjoy.
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.
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.
It's hard to wax poetic about rice; it's far easier to gush about all the things we love to eat rice in, from those sticky little grains that hug our sushi tight to the golden basmati bed upon which rests our curried biryani, from the creamy comfort of Italian risotto to the pugnacious kick of a good jambalaya. It's the filler, the stalwart staple, the perpetual sidekick, like that character actor you've seen in dozens of movies who never takes the lead. More than once in our kitchen, long after the main course has been set simmering, one or the other of us will exclaim, "Oh, we forgot to put on the rice!"
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.
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.
Boxed rice that comes with those flavor packets can make for a convenient side dish, but it can be a bit expensive (and loaded with sodium). Nothing is as budget-friendly as plain ol' white rice -- or as boring, either. If you're looking to spice up your rice sides (literally), then we've got some great suggestions, ranging pretty much in order from super easy to elegant ...
Chicken and Rice sounds so warm and cozy at this time of the year. And this Fast Chicken and Rice recipe is all that and also FAST, really fast -- as in 10 minutes. That's right, folks!
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.
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.
Say you're making chili or a three-bean salad, and you happen to have some cooked black beans at the ready. You've got the perfect protein to toss in a salad or soup, or create a tangy dip. Get creative with your black bean leftovers, starting here!
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.
Everybody loves South of the Border cooking, because Mexican enchiladas and tortilla dishes really heat things up. But do you specifically have to be a grandpa to warm things up another way--by wearing flannel-lined jeans? Because I really want a pair, even though they feel as if you're wrapping your legs in paper towels.