20 Tasty Ways to Make Rice a Meal

20 Tasty Ways to Make Rice a Meal

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We bet you'd be hard-pressed to find a kitchen where there isn't at least one kind of rice stocked in the pantry. Rice is inexpensive and easy to make, but more often than not it plays a supporting role come mealtime.

Why not try making rice the star of the show? These 20 recipes will lift rice from its side-dish status and bring it to the center of the plate. We have ideas for everything from brown and wild to basmati and Arborio rice. All you need to do is pick one and get cooking!

1. Wild Rice Bowl with Red Lentil Curry and Spinach

Cut down on pre-dinner cooking time by making the wild rice for this satisfying vegetarian grain bowl a day or two in advance. The rest of this flavor-packed dish comes together in no time at all.

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2. How To Make the Best Chicken Fried Rice Without a Wok

Fried rice is undoubtedly the best way to transform last night's leftovers into a satisfying meal. You can use pretty much any fresh, frozen, or even leftover vegetables for this recipe, which makes it infinitely adaptable.

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3. Brown Rice Bowl with Lentils, Caramelized Onions & Fried Egg

Almost all the components of this Middle Eastern-inspired grain bowl can be assembled ahead of time. Then it's just a matter of piling everything together and frying an egg.

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4. Tomato-Basil Chicken and Rice

What makes this recipe especially awesome is that everything — the rice and the chicken — is cooked together in one single casserole dish. That makes it a great choice when you're looking for a hands-off dinner that feeds a crowd.

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5. One-Pot Weeknight Dirty Rice

This twist on a classic Louisiana dish comes together without fuss in one pot and is loaded with spicy andouille chicken sausage, which adds flavor and bulks it up.

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6. Beef and Broccoli Fried Rice

Two Chinese takeout favorites — beef and broccoli and fried rice — join forces in this quick dinner. If you'd like to make the dish even easier on yourself, feel free to swap in frozen broccoli florets.

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7. Honey-Garlic Shrimp Stovetop Rice Casserole

Leaning on a bag of frozen shrimp and a bag of frozen broccoli ensures this one-pot meal comes together in no time — you don't even need to defrost the shrimp before using it.

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8. Baked Mushroom Risotto with Caramelized Onions

This comforting risotto skips the usual endless stirring that's required and opts for baking in the oven instead. The results are still rich, creamy, and crowd-pleasing.

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9. Roasted Eggplant and Brown Rice Bowl with Turmeric Tahini

It's wise to make a double batch of this wholesome recipe, as leftovers pack up well for whatever lunches you need for the remainder of the week.

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10. One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole

This one-pot dinner is extremely adaptable: Swap in deli ham or turkey for the chicken, use another cheese, or try stirring some frozen broccoli into the pot.

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11. Cheesy Lentil, Mushroom & Rice Bake

This meatless casserole is designed to feed a crowd, but don't hesitate to cut the recipe in half if you happen to be cooking for one. Just use an 8x8-inch dish and shave off a couple minutes of baking time.

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12. Miso Soup with Rice & Poached Egg

A bowl of miso soup on its own isn't quite enough for a dinner, but add some white or brown rice and a poached egg, and you have one of our favorite winter comfort foods.

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13. Kimchi Fried Rice with Extra Greens

Looking for a new way to use your favorite kimchi? Try this fried rice. It's a great way to use up kimchi that's a bit on the potent side and leftover rice from the previous night's dinner.

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14. How To Make Congee Rice Porridge

Congee might be more traditional for breakfast, but we see no problem in turning it into a breakfast-for-dinner situation.

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15. Chicken and Wild Rice Bake

This is a great freeze-ahead meal to be prepped when you have extra time or need to drop off a dish to an under-the-weather friend. It needs nearly an hour to cook, but the perfectly baked results are worth the waiting time.

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16. Slow-Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

We love a slow-cooker recipe, and one that is this fast and easy to assemble is destined to become a favorite. All you need is a few extra minutes in the morning, and you can have this dish waiting for you after work.

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17. Wild Rice Burgers

If you're bored with all the other veggie burgers out there, it's time to try these vegetarian wild rice burgers. We're ready to see their deliciousness spread.

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18. Freezer-Friendly Roasted Vegetable Burritos with Black Beans and Rice

Who needs store-bought frozen burritos when you can make your very own homemade versions to keep at the ready? You can come up with your favorite veggie combination and add just as much spice as you like. The rice-and-bean combo keeps them satisfying.

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19. Sweet Corn Risotto

We couldn't have an entire list of rice dishes and leave off risotto. This delightfully creamy corn version is one of our favorites. If you're able to use fresh corn, simmer the corn cobs in the stock before it's added to the Arborio rice to give it an extra depth of flavor.

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20. "Low-Rent" Tuna Poke Bowl

Fancy up that canned tuna with the addition of brown rice, avocado, sesame seeds, and an orange-ginger dressing. It's the perfect dish for a satisfying lunch or a low-key dinner.

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