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When I say "rice" in the recipe, I mean the entire small container or half a large container. Sometimes they pack it in pretty tight, so if it feels like too much rice then don't use it all.

1. Egg Drop Soup: Put rice and 3 cups chicken broth in a pot and heat on med-low. When it's lightly simmering, slowly drop in 2-3 beaten eggs(depending on how eggy you like it), stirring while adding to make sure it doesn't make one big egg chunk. Once egg is cooked (it goes fast, maybe 1 min!) add 1-2 TBSP of soy sauce (to taste) and a handful of chopped green onions to the pot, stir and serve immediately.  Black pepper and lime juice can be added as well.

2. Southwest Beans & Rice: Saute 1 small diced onion, 2 cloves minced garlic, and 1/2 chopped bell pepper with 1 TBSP olive oil in a pot until onion is clear. Add rice plus 1/2 cup broth, a large diced tomato, 1 can of red or black beans (drained, not rinsed), a handful frozen corn, 1 TBSP chili powder, and a pinch of salt. Cooked shrimp, chicken, pork, or sausage can be added as well. Simmer on med until gravy is thickened.

3. Fried Rice: Sweat 1/2 small chopped onion, 1 chopped carrot, and (optional) 1/4 cup peas in 1 TBSP each olive oil and vinegar. Mix in 1 cup chopped pre-cooked meat of choice and 1 TBSP soy sauce. Add rice, stir, cake down in pan, let cook for 3-4 minutes. Add 1 TBSP soy sauce, stir, cake down in pan, let cook 3-4 minutes. Push aside enough rice to make an open spot in the pan. Pour 2 beaten eggs into the open spot and scramble. Fold scrambled egg into rice and serve immediately.

4. Onigiri: In a bowl add 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar, 2 TBSP sugar, 2 TBSP sesame seeds and a pinch of salt to the rice. Stir until combined and rice is slightly sticky. Form rice into golf ball sized balls. Make a hole in each ball and stuff with cooked shrimp, sashimi, imitation crab, or 1/4 cooked egg. Close hole over filling. Wrap with a small strip of nori.

5. Simple One-Pot Hot Dish: Brown 1lb hamburger and 1 small chopped onion in a pan and drain grease. Add rice, 1 TBSP chili powder, and 1 small jar marinara sauce. Heat to simmering, lower heat and simmer 10 min.

6. Easy Curry: Bias slice or cube 2 chicken breasts and sautee them in a saucepan over med heat. Add 1 cup chopped broccoli or spinach, rice, and either 1 jar premade curry of choice or 1 packet curry seasoning + 1 can coconut milk. Simmer 5 minutes.

7. Arancini: In a bowl add 2 eggs, 1/3 cup grated parmesan, 1 TBSP parsley, and a pinch of salt & pepper to the rice. Stir until combined. Form into golf ball sized balls. Roll in bread crumbs (seasoned ones are best). Deep fry in 350F oil until browned.

8. Porcupine Meatballs: Mix 1lb UNCOOKED ground beef or turkey, 1 small chopped onion, 2 clove chopped garlic, 1 beaten egg, rice, and a pinch each salt & pepper in a bowl. Form into golf ball sized balls. Brown in a pan until cooked through. Serve with marinara or brown gravy.

9. Baked Stuffed Rice Balls: Brown 1lb hamburger in a pan with 1 small chopped onion and 2 cloves minced garlic. Add 1/4 cup tomato paste/marinara and simmer. In a bowl combine rice, 1 cup finely grated cheese, and 1 egg. Form rice into balls (larger than golf balls but not huge). Make a hole in each ball and stuff with browned beef mixture. Close hole over filling, roll in bread crumbs, and place in a baking pan. Bake at 200F for 20-30min.

10. Cheesy Chicken Hot Dish: Cube or bias slice 2 chicken breasts and pat off excess moisture. In a baking pan combine chicken, rice, 1 cup chopped broccoli or cauliflower, 1 can cream of chicken soup, and 1 can cheese soup. Top with a mixture of 1/2 cup breadcrumbs and 1/2 cup finely shredded cheese. Bake at 400F for 45-60 min until chicken is cooked.


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Jul. 15th, 2014 03:00 am (UTC)
These are awesomely helpful! Thanks! We always have leftover rice that we have no idea what to do with.
Jul. 15th, 2014 03:18 am (UTC)
You're welcome! I made Spanish Rice today using leftover rice and bratwurst, and realized I hadn't done many rice posts even though it's something I use a couple times a week.
Jul. 15th, 2014 04:32 am (UTC)
Jul. 15th, 2014 05:43 am (UTC)
It's SO EASY and perfect for lunch.
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