Have a rice day
If you’ve ever ordered Chinese for delivery, you most likely received a giant box of rice on the side. And if you didn’t eat it all with your pepper steak or sweet and sour chicken, the leftovers probably sat in your fridge for a while.
But there’s no point letting food go to waste. Put that leftover takeout rice to good use with one of these quick and easy recipes!
Here are 7 ways to eat cooked rice.
Buddha Bowls are basically everything but the kitchen sink thrown into a bowl for a hearty, healthy meal. Typically, they’re loaded with grains, protein, veggies and legumes and offer variety, color and flavor. Here are some ideas to get you started, but really, anything goes!
- Leftover rice, cucumbers, peppers, olives, chickpeas, tomatoes and tzatziki
- Leftover rice, squash, mushrooms, white beans and tahini dressing
- Leftover rice, arugula, Brussels Sprouts, avocado and pumpkin seeds
A casserole takes a bunch of ingredients, puts them into a baking dish and oven-bakes them into a hot, melty, family-friendly dinner. Use up those delivery leftovers with these simple casserole recipes!
- Cheesy chicken and rice casserole
- Cajun shrimp and rice casserole
- Chicken and collards pilau
- Tex-Mex enchilada bake
Soups, stews and chilis are a comforting fall and winter dish that everyone can dig into. Here are some classic rice soup recipes to warm you up!
- Jambalaya or gumbo
- Chicken, rice and vegetable soup
- Cabbage soup with rice
- Add leftover rice to your canned tomato soup
- Stir leftover rice into your favorite chili recipe
Also called “porcupines,” these meatballs are made with ground beef, rice and onion and stewed in a tomatoey sauce or simply tomato soup. Serve on top of shredded cabbage or mashed potatoes for a complete meal.
Reuse that leftover rice by topping with a quick and easy stir fry recipe. It makes for the perfect weekday lunch or dinner and is ready in minutes.
If you have bell peppers, ground beef, rice, tomato sauce and cheese, you can make stuffed peppers. There are tons of other variations to this traditional dish, too – teriyaki beef, Mexican beef and bean and even spicy seafood stuffed peppers. Use your imagination – and that rice!
You can add rice to almost any Mexican meal – tacos, enchiladas, burritos, taco salad, fajitas or even nachos. You can add cilantro and lime juice for a Baja style rice, or tomato sauce and cumin for a Spanish style rice. Either way, it’ll add texture, flavor and heartiness to your entree. Bon appétit!
Get some rice!