30 Times Rice Saved Us From A Boring Meal
Most folks would say that a meal is never complete without a bit of rice on the side. It’s a versatile and filling food that somehow brings with it a sense of comfort after the first bite. But preparing a satisfying meal isn’t always an easy task. Between caring for family members, focusing at work, and attempting to have a healthy social life, cooking a well-balanced meal is often the last mission on our mind. And as a result, we end up sitting down at the dinner table with a less than exciting supper. Here’s a tip: something as simple as a bit of rice can save you from that–ahem, boring meal. Whether you’re hoping for a classic dish like red beans and rice, or something as daring as stuffed tomatoes with pesto rice, the treasured grain will surely add a pop of scrumptious Southern flavor to an otherwise lackluster meal.
Savannah Red Rice
Recipe: Savannah Red Rice
As far as rice-based dishes go, this recipe takes the cake! Savannah red rice is a significant cuisine on the Georgia coast, and it’s simple to prepare while still showcasing a complex flavor. The smoky bacon and tangy tomatoes will keep you coming back for more.
Zucchini Rice Gratin
Recipe: Zucchini Rice Gratin
Fresh, light, and comforting? Yes, please! This zucchini rice gratin recipe incorporates rice in a refreshing and unique way, and it only takes 15 minutes to prepare!
Stuffed Tomatoes with Pesto Rice
Recipe: Stuffed Tomatoes with Pesto Rice
Some folks are under the impression that rice-based meals have to be dense and heavy, but that’s certainly not the case. Stuffed tomatoes with pesto rice are a beautifully light and tasty dish.
Smoked Chicken, Squash, and Rice Soup
We’ve all heard it said that soup is good for the soul, and this culinary concoction is certainly no exception. Smoked chicken, squash, and rice soup is a beautifully warming dish with a rich and savory taste.
Recipe: Dirty Rice
The trick to this rice dish is to finely chop the vegetables so you get the perfect amount of veggies and rice in each bite.
Cheesy Broccoli-and-Rice Casserole
Sliced cremini mushrooms, minced garlic, and freshly grated nutmeg are added to this creamy rice dish.
Creamy Rice with Scallops
Recipe: Creamy Rice with Scallops
Smoky and salty bacon pairs perfectly with sweet corn and scallops in this dish.
Slow-Cooker Lemon-Asparagus Risotto
This slow-cooker recipe takes all the work out of making risotto without sacrificing any of the flavor.
Shrimp Stir Fry with Bacon
Recipe: Shrimp Stir Fry with Bacon
Add a Southern spin to stir fry with the addition of flavorful bacon.
Grilled Curried Chicken Thighs with Charred-Vegetable Rice
The smoky, charred flavor of the vegetables and rice make you want to go back for seconds.
Collard Green Creole Dirty Rice
Recipe: Collard Green Creole Dirty Rice
It doesn’t get more Southern than a heaping helping of collard greens, and the addition of dirty rice in this recipe is sure to be a hit.
Sea Island Crab Fried Rice
Recipe: Sea Island Crab Fried Rice
Bacon and sautéed vegetables mix with sweet crabmeat and precooked rice in this seafood dish.
Seared Scallops with Lemon-Herb Rice
The delicious scallops in this dish will make it feel like a 5-star meal.
Cuban Black Bean-and-Yellow Rice Bowls
This meatless meal is mighty filling thanks to the hearty beans, avocado, and plantains.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Stew with Pumpkin and Wild Rice
Choose a sugar or cheese pumpkin for this recipe rather than a field pumpkin.
Grilled Spice-Rubbed Pork Chops with Scallion-Lime Rice
This zesty rice pairs nicely with slightly charred pork chops prepared on the grill.
Ginger and Collard Green Fried Rice
Collard greens bring some Southern flair to this fried rice recipe.
Red Rice-Smoked Chicken Perloo
Recipe: Red Rice-Smoked Chicken Perloo
This one-pot dish is easy to make and packed with Lowcountry flavor.
Recipe: Shrimp Étouffée
Serve this rice dish with fresh bread so you can enjoy the rich sauce.
Jambalaya de Covington
Recipe: Jambalaya de Covington
Smoked turkey, ham, and sausage make this jambalaya filling and satisfying.
Recipe: Shrimp Perloo
Make sure to use medium-sized shrimp for this recipe so they’ll cook at the same rate as the rice.
Chicken Risotto with Spring Vegetables
This creamy rice dish is packed with protein and veggies and is fit for any day of the week.
Wild Rice and Greens Casserole
Recipe: Wild Rice and Greens Casserole
We chose to use kale for our casserole, but feel free to use whatever greens are your favorite.
Okra and Rice Casserole
Recipe: Okra and Rice Casserole
Look for smaller okra pods for this recipe as they are the most tender.
Shrimp and Pesto-Rice Salad
Recipe: Shrimp and Pesto-Rice Salad
Having a salad for dinner isn’t particularly enthusing, but this recipe is sure to make your taste buds soar. Packed with grilled shrimp, lime zest, and pesto seasoning, Shrimp and Pesto-Rice Salad is an excellent choice for a quick-and-easy dinner.
Slow-Cooker Red Beans and Rice
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Red Beans and Rice
Few meals truly exemplify the flavors of Southern cuisine better than red beans and rice. And, the slow-cooker preparation is simply an added bonus! Smoked turkey sausage, bell pepper, and Creole seasoning perfectly complement the filling rice.
Skillet Sausage 'n' Rice
Recipe: Skillet Sausage 'n' Rice
Skillet sausage ‘n’ rice is a go-to recipe when you’re in a time crunch because it requires very little effort to prepare. The rice in this fiery dish is an explosion of Southern flavor.
Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Casserole with Sausage
This is the ideal dish for someone looking to improvise! You can easily substitute sweet Italian sausage or pork sausage for the chicken. The rich cheese ideally combines with the satisfying rice.
Spiced Chicken with Black-Eyed Peas and Rice
Mama always said to eat your black-eyed peas, and this dish helps us do just that! Nutritious, filling, and rice-packed, it’s a win-win-win!
Cajun Shrimp Casserole
Recipe: Cajun Shrimp Casserole
Shrimp, cheese, and rice gets Cajun flavor from okra, bell peppers, and cayenne pepper in this recipe.