There are lots of foods to serve with rice, so your next meal can include this healthy side dish any time you want. Rice, especially the brown version, is a good source of fiber and protein, so it pays to include it in your healthy meal plans. Rice has a pretty mild flavor, which means it pairs well with many ingredients. Check out my favorite foods to serve with rice and you’ll have plenty of inspiration for dinner tonight.
Rice pairs great with beans, so it makes sense to add rice to your next burrito, and to add burritos to your list of foods to serve with rice. It’ll help satisfy your appetite without adding tons of fat to your meal. Combine cooked steamed rice with refried beans in a tortilla and add shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, cheese, avocado cubes and salsa. Then roll it up and try to fit your mouth around the entire thing.
Maybe you’ve never considered adding rice to salad, but I promise it’s really tasty. Mix rice into a salad made with spinach, sliced green onions, chow mein noodles and chicken. Season it with soy sauce and get ready for a taste explosion that will make rice one of your favorite foods.
3. Lettuce Wraps
If you love wrapping sauteed chicken and veggies in large lettuce leaves, this is the perfect idea for you. Pile in your usual lettuce wrap fillings then top the combination with cooked rice. The rice adds bulk and flavor to your wraps without dramatically changing the way it tastes. This is also a great way to make your fillings last if you have unexpected dinner guests.
If you’re looking for a way to beef up your next pot of vegetable soup or fish stew, rice may just be the answer you’re looking for. Cook the rice before putting it in the soup or you’ll end up with clumps of crunchy rice that doesn’t taste good at all. Simply add the cooked rice after the soup or stew is finished cooking and mix it in with the other ingredients.
If you’ve never had a rice pilaf, you’re missing out on an easy and yummy side dish. Mix rice with steamed carrots, peas, green beans, mushrooms and corn. Drizzle the mixture with a bit of olive oil and lemon juice, then season the pilaf with cilantro, salt and fresh black pepper. Serve it alongside grilled fish or chicken.
I know, it sounds weird, doesn’t it? I never would have thought to do this unless I’d come across it in a recipe database. Because rice has a mild flavor, it matches well with the sweet tastes of many kinds of fruit. Try mixing in dried fruits, such as raisins, cranberries and apricots, and serve it with pork or fish as a side dish.
7. The Sweet Stuff
Have you ever tried rice pudding? It’s an easy and delicious way to use up leftover cooked white rice. Put the rice in a small saucepan and add some milk. Heat the combination, stirring occasionally, until it’s hot but not runny. Spoon the rice into bowls and top with brown sugar and cinnamon. This makes a tasty dessert or yummy breakfast option.
What’s your favorite way to eat rice? I like it with stir-fry, but it also tastes good with chicken. Will you try one of these ideas?