This Tiny Food Could Save Your Life



Rice Food StorageDid you know there are more than 100,000 varieties of rice on this planet? White rice is merely one option, with brown and various long-grain rices being some of the healthiest foods you can ingest. Rice is also a highly versatile food that lends itself to all kinds of recipes, making it a fantastic dinner option in times of emergency.

Check out some of the many ways to cook with rice before buying it in bulk:

Pilaf

Make a rice pilaf using whatever spices and veggies you have lying around that blend well together. (If unaware what a pilaf is, it’s pretty much just rice with assorted spices and veggies.) For example, if you have cloves, cinnamon, and cardamom, you’ve got yourself a yummy 'lil pilaf, especially when paired with basmati rice.

Tostadas

Rice is a staple in many Mexican dishes. It’s not usually part of tostadas, however Alicia Silverstone has a yummy “tostada” recipe in her book The Kind Diet that involves the super grain. Think brown rice, whole-wheat tortillas, celery, carrots, cucumber, sunflower seeds and avocado. If all you have is some beans and cheese, they work just as well with rice and tortillas to make a hearty tostada option.

Fried Rice

Fried rice is another easy option that requires cooking a few veggies first, such as daikon root, garlic, onions, and carrots with olive oil, then adding the rice.  Again, work with what you have, and throw that rice on a skillet.

Red Beans And Rice 

This New Orleans staple simply consists of rice and — you guessed it — red beans. Brown rice is the better option, though most red beans and rice dishes feature white rice with a pile of red beans in the middle.

Salads 

There are plenty of salad recipes that incorporate rice, such as chicken/wild rice salads. Other ideas include black beans, rice, and onions with veggies such as tomato and celery.

These are merely a few of the many ways to use rice! Other ideas include burritos, cheesy-rice casseroles, and cilantro-lime rice among lots more recipes. It also simply works on its own as a side or an entire meal if necessary, and is very inexpensive!

What  are your favorite rice recipes? Share them in the comments section!

About the Author:

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Kent Page McGroarty is a freelance lifestyle writer whose work has appeared in AZ Central Healthy Living, Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, SF Gate Home and Garden, LIVESTRONG, Moblized.com, I Do Take Two.com, and many other online publications. Twitter: @KentsStuff.

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