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2 delicious rice recipes to enjoy cooking and dining

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By Laura Díaz

In most homes, rice is always part of the shopping list; in fact, pantries in almost every house stock one or more packages. This seed is considered the most important food for billions of people around the world. The reasons? Its nutrient quality, ease of preparation, availability, and price.

Rice is the perfect staple food as you can use it for cooking at any time of the day, even for breakfast, and for making exquisite beverages and desserts.

It can be served as a side dish for other meals, or as a full main dish. No matter the way of cooking, you can be sure that your preparation will taste delicious by using this simple and adaptable grain. Rice can be included in a wide variety of meals. Among a myriad of existing preparations, there are very simple recipes, without compromising taste. On the contrary, simplicity is the key to the richness of the dishes.

The 2 recipes described below will encourage you to try new ways for cooking rice. Do not be afraid of trying them, since rice will never let you down. The success of all food preparation mainly depends on the ingredients. Be sure to use high-quality rice in all your recipes, like the white enriched type from carolinarice.com/products/white-rice/.

Let's begin with a nontraditional way of eating rice: for breakfast. You just need white rice, bacon, eggs, and seasoning. This is a good way of beginning the day with a complete and tasty food.

Rice with bacon for breakfast

Servings: 6 Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices of chopped thin bacon.
  • 2 cups of white rice.
  • 5 cups of water.
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten.
  • 3 sliced scallions.
  • 3 tsp. soy sauce.
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil.
  • Hot sauce (optional).

Preparation:

  1. Cook the rice. In a saucepan, put water to boil, and then add the rice.
  2. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes. Reserve.
  3. In a skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat. When ready, drain the bacon and save for later. Leave the melted bacon fat in the skillet.
  4. Add the cooked rice into the skillet and toast it over medium-high heat, stir very well. When the rice is crisped, take it out.
  5. Add the beaten eggs to the skillet, stir with a wooden spatula.
  6. When the eggs are cooked, add the rice, the scallions, soy sauce, sesame oil, and bacon.
  7. Mix everything, and adjust seasoning.
  8. Serve with hot sauce all over the rice.

You can also use rice as the unique plate of all your meals, perfect for lunch or a family dinner. The secret is to use rice together with extra ingredients to make it even more delicious. Try this recipe with Extra Long Grain Carolina® White Rice. Once your diners have tasted it, they will surely ask for more.

Rice with cilantro, chicken, and coconut

Servings: 4 Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice.
  • 1 cup of water.
  • 1 can of coconut milk.
  • 2 cups of snow peas,
  • 2 cups of shredded, cooked chicken.
  • 1/2 cup of fresh cilantro leaves.

Preparation:

  1. Use a large saucepan to cook the rice. Put the water and the coconut milk and when boiled, add the rice and salt.
  2. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to simmer, cover, and cook until the rice is tender. Stir continuously to prevent the rice from sticking onto the saucepan.
  3. Cut the snow peas into tiny pieces.
  4. When the rice is almost ready, add the snow peas and the chicken.
  5. Cook the preparation uncovered until all ingredients are well mixed and warmed.
  6. Spread cilantro leaves all over the rice before serving.

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