Rice

Rice is such a simple pleasure. Whether you have a go-to Mexican rice recipe for taco night, heap brown rice in your stir-fry, or enjoy spicy red beans and rice, there are endless options. Maybe you grew up eating instant rice from a box (shudder) but these days, there are more types of this versatile grain available, and lots of great ways to use it. What you see on supermarket shelves is just a fraction of what's out there - at farmers markets and specialty stores you can find unique heirloom varieties in striking colors with fancy pedigrees. But for most meals, you can find what you need at the market. Basamati rice, traditionally eaten with Indian food, has a long thin grain and an intensely nutty aroma. Jasmine rice, often served with Thai dishes, is very fragrant, with a flavor that's almost floral. So get creative: A pilaf is nice, but what about wild rice studded with toasted almonds? Or a rich, creamy mushroom risotto made with short-grain Arborio rice? Long-grain varieties cook up light and fluffy, perfect for serving alongside a dinnertime stir-fry. And for dessert? Rice pudding, of course.

Spring Risotto

Diabetic Living
Total: 45 mins

Chicken with Apricots and Dried Plums

Better Homes and Gardens

Meaty chicken pieces simmer with dried fruit in a spiced wine mixture for a richly flavored winter dish.

Total: 1 hr 15 mins

Moroccan Lamb and Fruit Stew

Better Homes and Gardens

Guests will think you slaved over a hot stove all day. Just before dinner, thicken the spicy lamb stew in the slow cooker and prepare the couscous. That's about as easy a dinner as there is.

Lemon-Nut Rice Stuffing

Midwest Living

Pine nuts add crunchy flavor to this lemony stuffing recipe that also serves as a healthy side dish.

Quick Pork Fried Rice

Family Circle

This tasty pork fried rice recipe is stir-fried in a simple light soy and hoisin sauce. Add this to your list of weeknight dinner ideas that can be prepared in just over 30 minutes.

Spicy Egg-Stuffed Peppers

Diabetic Living

Walnut-Lemon Rice Pilaf

Better Homes and Gardens

Chopped walnuts add a delicious crunch to this rice side dish recipe.

Total: 20 mins

Gingered Chicken and Fried Rice

Midwest Living

Chicken drumsticks are served with a simple vegetable and rice mixture in this quick-fix dinner.

Total: 29 mins

Multigrain Pilaf

Diabetic Living

Garden Fresh Quinoa

Diabetic Living
Total: 30 mins

Carol's Wild Rice Dressing

Family Circle

Browned sausage infuses flavor into each and every bite of this rice and bread stuffing (or dressing, you might say, since it's cooked in a casserole pan.

Caramel Popcorn

Diabetic Living

This caramel popcorn recipe includes lower-fat margarine and light popcorn to make a sweet snack that kids and adults love.

Spring Risotto

Parents

Hazelnut-Crusted Pork Cutlet

Family Circle

Brushing the pork cutlets with the apricot preserves and Dijon mustard mixture lends a fruity flavor plus keeps the nuts in place. The wild and brown rice pilaf is a satisfying accompaniment to the crispy pork.

Black Bean Risotto Cakes

Family Circle

These yummy bean and risotto cakes are served with a fragrant, citrusy sauce for a super side dish recipe.

Touch of the Wild Rice

Midwest Living

How to Cook Wild Rice

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.

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