Today I have 22 recipes using rice from your pantry. I think with the price of groceries these days we all need to add rice to our pantry and food storage stash. I’m sure several of you have lots of rice, I know I do. My favorite rice is sticky rice. I have yet to conquer how to use chopsticks, but my grandkids love using them. Here’s the deal, we can cook rice on the stove with water and stand close so it doesn’t boil over. We can use a rice cooker, a pressure cooker or an Instant Pot to cook rice without having to watch it, so to speak. I love it when I can set and forget meals, using rice included.
Mark loves a bowl of plain white rice covered with a little milk and sugar for breakfast. When I cook white rice I use 3 cups water to 2 cups rice. You will want to check the bags or containers you purchase. My favorite rice is Jasmine White Rice. I buy it at Walmart and it comes in yellow packages. Because we have critters where we live I store my yellow bags in containers that say Commercial Rubbermaid square plastic buckets that come with lids.
I bought them at Sam’s Club at least 15 years ago and they are the perfect container. They hold two bags of the rice. I can no longer buy 50-pound bags for just the two of us. I also store long grain white rice from Honeyville Grain.
I don’t store brown rice because it has such a high oil content it goes rancid too quickly for me, as in 12 months. Honeyville Grain sells a Parboiled White Rice I quote from their website: “Use for any rice dish, it makes it healthier than using regular white rice. Parboiled rice cooks up just like white and brown rice, but has a firmer, less sticky texture that most people prefer.”
Here’s the deal, my rationale is this if I have rice and beans and a garden or cans of fruit and veggies, and of course water, I can survive any disaster. I remember adding a little more rice to stretch tacos with hamburger or soups. What’s not to love using rice every day of the week?
Recipes Using Rice
If you need to stretch your budget, rice is the real deal. Here are some great ways to use rice, is your mouth watering yet? Just make a pot of rice and add a few of these items to make a meal.
- Butter, salt, and pepper
- Milk and sugar
- Creamy gravy or a white sauce with browned butter
- Cinnamon and brown sugar
- Cooked chopped carrots and broccoli flowerets
- Cooked onions and bell peppers
- Pine nuts and balsamic vinegar
- Cilantro and a little lime juice
- Scrambled eggs with cooked bacon bits
- Peas with butter, salt, and pepper
- Black beans
- Pinto beans
- Homemade Chili
- Chicken with broccoli
- Fresh chopped tomatoes from the garden
- Green beans and sliced almond
- Spanish rice, just add salsa and spices when you cook the rice
- Fried rice with scrambled eggs and leftover meat
- Add some rice to your morning brunch quiche
- Rice pudding
- Rice salad with freshly chopped veggies and a little olive oil, or drizzle some balsamic vinegar
The next time you go to the store grab a bag or two of rice and start using rice at least once or twice a week to stretch your food budget. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless our world.