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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
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)

After cooking

  • juice of half a lemon

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 *)
  • pinch saffron threads (*; 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)

After Cooking

  • ½ cup cilantro leaves
  • juice of ½ a lime

6. Pesto Green Rice

  • 1 cup basmati rice rinsed
  • ¼ cup pesto (more to serve, if needed)
  • 2 cup stock (veggie or chicken)

After Cooking

  • fresh basil leaves
  • sliced almonds

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

Stove Top

  • In a medium pot, combine the basmati rice and all other ingredients not marked 'after cooking'.
  • Cover and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer (covered) for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let sit for another 10 minutes before adding the ingredients marked 'after cooking' and stirring up.

Rice Cooker

  • Combine the basmati rice and all other ingredients not marked 'after cooking'.
  • Cook using the 'white rice' function (or regular function if there is not a white rice option).
  • Once the cook time is up, stir in the ingredients marked 'after cooking' and stirring up.

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Notes

* mix together the boiling water and saffron threads and let them sit for 5 minutes before adding to the remaining ingredients

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