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.

Napa Cabbage Spring Rolls

Once assembled, these fresh vegetarian appetizers benefit from allowing the surface to dry a little, so making them an hour or so in advance of serving is a good idea. The recipe comes from chef Kevin Shinn of Bread and Cup in Lincoln, Nebraska.

From Midwest Living

Napa Cabbage Spring Rolls

Cajun Chicken With Dirty Rice

The rice is "dirty" because it's mixed in with the chicken and vegetables instead of being served plain. Try this quick low-fat meal when you crave Cajun food.

From Fitness

Cajun Chicken With Dirty Rice

Grilled Chicken and Rice Salad

Antioxidant-loaded artichokes combine with cruciferous cabbage and carotenoid-rich carrots to make this healthy thyme-scented chicken and wild rice salad.

From Fitness

Grilled Chicken and Rice Salad

Chicken Jambalaya

Served straight from your slow cooker, this main dish is low in fat because it uses chicken breasts and turkey sausage.

From Fitness

Chicken Jambalaya

Stuffed Pepper Soup

From Diabetic Living

Stuffed Pepper Soup

Smoked Turkey and Bulgur

From Diabetic Living

Smoked Turkey and Bulgur

Walleye Wild Rice Cakes with Wasabi Dressing

From Midwest Living

Walleye Wild Rice Cakes with Wasabi Dressing

Rice and Red Bean Salad

Chili powder and cumin flavor this hearty, nutritious Tex-Mex dish from The Spice House in Milwaukee.

From Midwest Living

Rice and Red Bean Salad

Savory Bean-Spinach Soup

This vegetarian soup is made in the slow cooker. It's a great side dish for a sandwich at dinner or on its own as a light lunch.

From Diabetic Living

Savory Bean-Spinach Soup

Spinach, Chicken, and Wild Rice Soup

Use leftover Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey for this main dish soup--or stop by the deli. Suitable for diabetic meal plans, this low-calories slow cooker soup develops flavors with minimal attention from the cook.

From Diabetic Living

Spinach, Chicken, and Wild Rice Soup

Paella with Chicken and Shrimp

From Diabetic Living

Paella with Chicken and Shrimp

Multigrain Pilaf

From Diabetic Living

Multigrain Pilaf

Lamb and Rice

From Diabetic Living

Lamb and Rice

Herbed Wild Rice

From Diabetic Living

Herbed Wild Rice

Good-Enough-for-Satchmo Red Beans and Rice

From Diabetic Living

Good-Enough-for-Satchmo Red Beans and Rice

Diabetic Friendly Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya

Turkey sausage makes this main dish meal, with chicken thighs, shrimp, and brown rice high in flavor, low in fat. Prepare this diabetic version of a Southern favorite in a slow cooker.

From Diabetic Living

Diabetic Friendly Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya

Creamy Wild Rice Pilaf

From Diabetic Living

Creamy Wild Rice Pilaf

Chili Bean-Stuffed Peppers

Cheese, chili beans, and rice come straight from the slow cooker, neatly packaged in sweet peppers for this vegetarian recipe.

From Diabetic Living

Chili Bean-Stuffed Peppers

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

This slow cooker recipe of classic Creole gumbo browns the flour in a skillet without fat so the final recipe has only 230 calories and 5 grams of fat per serving.

From Diabetic Living

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Brown Rice Risotto with Lamb

The combination of lamb, brown rice, and curry powder gives this eye-catching one-dish recipe terrific flavor. Just add a tossed salad to round out the meal.

From Diabetic Living

Brown Rice Risotto with Lamb

Barbecued Turkey Thighs

Who needs a grill for barbecue? These shapely, saucy thighs hold their form nicely during slow heat cooking and can hold their own among other grilled turkey recipes.

From Diabetic Living

Barbecued Turkey Thighs

Fennel and Zucchini Gratin

Juices from the chicken sausage soak into the brown rice and vegetables as this slow cooker dinner cooks, so every bite packs a flavor punch.

From Family Circle

Fennel and Zucchini Gratin

Angel Chicken

From Midwest Living

Angel Chicken

Short Ribs over Cheesy Polenta

From Midwest Living

Short Ribs over Cheesy Polenta

Wild Rice and Chicken Soup

This light soup makes a great starter course or full meal when paired with a salad. If you don¿t have leftover chicken around, swap in a rotisserie chicken or leftover turkey.

From Midwest Living

Wild Rice and Chicken Soup

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