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.
Meaty chicken pieces simmer with dried fruit in a spiced wine mixture for a richly flavored winter dish.
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.
Pine nuts add crunchy flavor to this lemony stuffing recipe that also serves as a healthy side dish.
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.
This caramel popcorn recipe includes lower-fat margarine and light popcorn to make a sweet snack that kids and adults love.
Chopped walnuts add a delicious crunch to this rice side dish recipe.
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.
Chicken drumsticks are served with a simple vegetable and rice mixture in this quick-fix dinner.
These yummy bean and risotto cakes are served with a fragrant, citrusy sauce for a super side dish recipe.
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.