Wednesday, May 18, 2011

15 Ways to Rice It Up...

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There's no question that we are definitely a rice loving family. Growing up, we ate rice three times a day at every meal. In fact, a necessity in my mom's kitchen was a large rice dispenser that would automatically measure out 1 cup, 3 cups and 5 cups of rice. Man, I could use one of those in my kitchen now. But I digress. Rice is one of those ingredients that can be found in pretty much any cuisine and can really take on any flavor. And these days, you can find all sorts of rice varieties (white, brown, red, black, etc) and sizes (short, medium, long, sticky, etc.) If you're tired of the usual pasta and potato side dishes, here are 15 Ways to Rice It Up...

Cuban Picadillo Rice
This is full of flavor with a traditional picadillo mixed in...
Leeks add a subtle flavor that pairs well with garlic...
One of my favorites and a winner every time...
Chock full of shrimp and sausage...
A creamy rice dish that's super comforting...
Perfect for Mardi Gras or a Southern inspired menu...
A great way to use crab in a side dish...
A classic dish the whole family will love...
Hands down, one of my ultimate fave chicken & rice dishes...
This one is studded with caramelized mushrooms!...
A definite one pot meal...
This is delicious with Asian and Southwestern dishes...
The saffron adds such a beautiful hue ...

A spicier, meatier rice with Mexican flair...
A delicious dish from Rick Bayless...

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