Popular Rice Recipes

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.

Falafel Patty Melt

From Better Homes and Gardens

Falafel Patty Melt

Two-for-One Stuffed Party Pinwheels

Why two-for-one? Because our recipe actually makes two different kinds of tortilla spirals¿¿one flavored with curry powder, the other with garlic and herbs.

From Midwest Living

Two-for-One Stuffed Party Pinwheels

Saffron Pilaf with Grilled Vegetables

Similar to paella, Spain's national dish, this sunny-color saffron rice dish bursts with flavor from grilled vegetables--instead of the traditional shrimp and meat.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Saffron Pilaf with Grilled Vegetables

Peppers Stuffed with Quinoa and Spinach

Packed with whole grains and flavorful vegetables, these cheesy stuffed peppers make for a satisfying and simple vegetarian dinner.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Peppers Stuffed with Quinoa and Spinach

NOT USING Roasted Cherry Tomato Pizza Poppers

From Better Homes and Gardens

NOT USING Roasted Cherry Tomato Pizza Poppers

Lentil and Bulgur Pilaf with Feta

Lentils, traditionally relegated to side dish duty, become a full-fledged meal when mixed with bulgur, vegetables and feta cheese.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Lentil and Bulgur Pilaf with Feta

Zen Edamame Pilaf

Use your slow cooker to prepare a hearty whole grain side dish with minimal effort. The zen here comes from Asian ingredients like edamame and red bell pepper.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Zen Edamame Pilaf

Mexican Chicken and Rice

Whip up a well-balanced meal in one skillet—and just 25 minutes! The spicy vegetable and brown rice side dish comes together in the same pan after the chicken is cooked.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mexican Chicken and Rice

Cranberry-Chipotle Chicken

Double this slow cooker chicken recipe on the days right after Thanksgiving when you still need to feed a crowd (and have leftover cranberry sauce handy).

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cranberry-Chipotle Chicken

Red Beans Creole

Red beans and rice is a classic Creole combination. This just-spicy-enough recipe comes together in the slow cooker after just 25 minutes of prep work.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Red Beans Creole

Wild Rice Pilaf with Squash

Whether you serve it with fish, chicken or beef, this nutritious slow cooker pilaf will be a hit at your dinner table.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Wild Rice Pilaf with Squash

Thai-Style Vegetable Rice

Top this Thai rice dish with grilled chicken or shrimp for more protein.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Thai-Style Vegetable Rice

Tunisian Dried Fruit, Chicken and Bulgur Pilaf

Bulgur, a cracked whole grain, acts as a neutral base for this heavily-spiced slow cooker chicken dinner.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Tunisian Dried Fruit, Chicken and Bulgur Pilaf

Figgy Chicken and Wild Rice Blend

Golden Calimyrna or dark purple Mission dried figs both work to offer additional sweetness to this slow cooker rice side dish.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Figgy Chicken and Wild Rice Blend

Fruited Multigrain Pilaf

Your slow cooker does all the work when you combine three grains, cranberries, sweet potatoes and more, creating a perfect fall side dish or vegetarian meal.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Fruited Multigrain Pilaf

Easy Fiesta Rice

It's a fiesta of color and crunch, thanks to dried cranberries and almonds. And don't forget to top this side dish with a handful of cheese!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Easy Fiesta Rice

Yellow Bell Pepper and Corn Risotto

Risotto can be a labor of love, but not so when your slow cooker can do the work for you. Make this creamy rice side dish vegetarian by swapping vegetable broth for the chicken broth.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Yellow Bell Pepper and Corn Risotto

Cuban Arroz Con Pollo

The classic Latin American dish of chicken and rice gets a 21st century makeover with the help of a slow cooker and some nutrition upgrades like brown rice and extra vegetables.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cuban Arroz Con Pollo

Slow Cooker Herbed Chicken and Mushrooms

Sear the chicken thighs in a skillet before adding to your slow cooker to achieve a nice golden exterior.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Slow Cooker Herbed Chicken and Mushrooms

Cauliflower Rice Cakes

Mix cauliflower into falafel-inspired patties and serve with a zesty pea pesto for a flavorful vegetarian appetizer.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cauliflower Rice Cakes

Mushroom Risotto with Peas

A few minutes of prep work turns restaurant-favorite mushroom risotto into an easy slow-cooker dish.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mushroom Risotto with Peas

Herbed Chicken and Mushrooms

Chicken becomes fall-off-the-bone tender when you prepare it in a slow cooker. Add a tasty vegetable sauce and pasta for one irresistible dinner.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Herbed Chicken and Mushrooms

Baked Chicken Breasts with Black Bean Rice Pilaf

This Mexican dinner is ideal for mixing and matching. The chicken would taste fabulous sliced and served inside fajitas, while the pilaf would be a perfect partner for grilled steak or shrimp.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Baked Chicken Breasts with Black Bean Rice Pilaf

Beer-Braised Brisket Burritos

This tender brisket is infused with flavors from both beer and bacon!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Beer-Braised Brisket Burritos

Wild Rice and Oat Bran Bread

Wild rice adds nutty flavor and chewy texture to this healthful bread-machine load of bread. Serve it as a side with soup or use it to make sandwiches.

From Diabetic Living

Wild Rice and Oat Bran Bread

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