As much as we adore a steaming pot of freshly cooked rice, we've always had trouble mustering much enthusiasm once it crosses into the land of leftovers. Sure, there's fried rice, which can be delicious with the addition of an egg or tofu or kimchee, but we must admit that we usually find ourselves pushing the cold mass of grains farther back into the refrigerator. In an effort to be more frugal and conscientious, we're looking for inspiration for our leftovers. Here are a few ideas; please share more in the comments! Rice pudding: We love cardamom and pistachio rice pudding at Indian and Afghani restaurants. Why don't we ever make it at home?
• Recipe inspiration: Indian Rice Pudding, from Alton Brown
Soups and stews: A handful or two of leftover rice can add texture and volume to an existing soup recipe. We're thinking rice could also be the basis for a quick, light soup with any seasonal greens, vegetable broth, and a little garlic. • Recipe inspiration: Lemony Rice Soup with Ham and Spring Vegetables, from Bon Appétit
Arancini: Rice + cheese + breadcrumbs. Fried. Not much more needs to be said. • Recipe inspiration: Arancini recipe roundup, from The Kitchn
Vegetable rolls: Although we usually make rolls with traditional sushi rice, why not make healthy snacks and lunches by wrapping our leftover brown rice and vegetables in toasted sheets of nori? • Recipe inspiration: Non-Traditional Sushi, from Fatfree Vegan Kitchn
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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