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7 Easy Rice Recipes

No more boring white rice...these SEVEN easy rice recipes are changing the game! With just a few simple ingredients, you can transform your rice into a flavor-packed side dish. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 206kcal

Ingredients

1. Herb Lemon Rice

  • 1 cup basmati rice rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil refined recommended
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • zest of ½ a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups stock chicken or vegetable
  • juice of half a lemon after cooking

2. Coconut Rice

  • 1 ½ cups basmati rice rinsed
  • 13.5 oz coconut milk 1 can; 400 mL
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ¼ cups water

3. Saffron Rice

  • ¼ cup boiling water see note 1
  • pinch saffron threads note 1; roughly ⅛ teaspoon
  • 1 cup basmati rice rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil refined recommended
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¾ cup stock veggie or chicken

4. Mexican-Inspired Red Rice

  • 1 cup basmati rice rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil refined recommended
  • 1 cup salsa
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon chipotle chili powder regular chili powder works, too
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups stock veggie or chicken

5. Cilantro Lime Rice

  • 1 cup basmati rice rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil refined recommended
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 2 cups stock veggie or chicken
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves after cooking
  • juice of ½ a lime after cooking

6. Pesto Green Rice

  • 1 cup basmati rice rinsed
  • ¼ cup pesto more to serve, if needed
  • 2 cup stock veggie or chicken
  • fresh basil leaves after cooking
  • sliced almonds after cooking

7. Turmeric Yellow Rice

  • 1 cup basmati rice rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil refined recommended
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups stock veggie or chicken

Instructions

  • Rinse rice- Rinse rice in a colander under the tap, or cover with water in the pot, swirl, and carefully decant the water, repeating until water runs clear.
    rice in clear water after rinsing
  • Combine- Combine all ingredients not labelled 'after cooking' in a pot or a rice cooker. Make sure the rice is submerged in water and not sticking to the sides of the pot or rice cooker.
  • Cook- 
    Rice cooker- press the 'white rice' button.
    Stove top- bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer (covered) for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand (covered) for another 10 minutes before fluffing with a fork.

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Notes

1- mix together the boiling water and saffron threads and let them sit for 5 minutes before adding to the remaining ingredients
Storage
Store rice in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.
Reheating
Add a tablespoon of water, then reheat in the microwave until steaming hot, stirring and fluffing it up once halfway through.
Food safety
  • Get rice into the fridge within 2 hours of cooking
  • Do not let rice sit at room temperature for extended amounts of time
  • Do not reheat more than once
  • Discard rice that develops an 'off' smell

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 batch of lemon herb rice | Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 617mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 0.8mg