I’m drowning in rice — someone throw me a buoy!

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What do with all this fucking rice? By: Rob & DaniCC BY 2.0
A month ago or so I was at the grocery store and brown rice was on sale. I said to myself, “Self, we’ve been meaning to make the switch to brown rice, looks like now’s the time” and I threw a big ol’ bag in my cart. I got it home, to find that not only did I buy entirely too much for just me and my husband, but I also still had a metric crap-ton of white rice sitting in my pantry.

What can I do with all this rice? It’s taking up valuable real estate in my pantry, but I hate waste so I don’t want to just throw it away. Any ideas for fantastic rice-ridden recipes or other uses for rice, of both the white and brown variety? -Kathleen

Comments on I’m drowning in rice — someone throw me a buoy!

  1. I’ve essentially replaced most of my carb in take with rice so I’m not sure what the challenge is. For example, one of my breakfasts is scrambled eggs and avocado on toast. So now I just put the eggs and avocado on rice. So delicious!

  2. I’m not going to list full recipes here, but a simple google will help. I usually use www,bbcgoodfood.com. They never let me down. (UK Website)
    Kedgeree – Haddock, Eggs and Curried Rice. Sounds weird but SO TASTY
    Rice Pudding – Either Hot or cold, Ususally make ours in a slow cooker. There is also an Indian version of Rice pudding that is completely delicious, but I cannot remember what it is called!
    Paella – Veggie, Meaty or Fishy
    Italian Rice Balls
    Soups, as mentioned above, good to throw in to bulk it out.
    Maybe you could use rice in Gypsy Eggs? (Again, a quick google helps) I usually use Potatoes in ours due to my boy’s aversion to all things Bean, but will try rice next time.
    Rice with ALL THE CURRIES, Indian, Thai etc
    Egg Fried Rice, could mix in veggies, meat, fish to make a rounder meal?
    Oh! one more, Goulash goes well with Rice, or I serve rice with Beef or Mushroom Stroganoff.
    We also throw it into stews in the slow cooker instead of potatoes

    phew, not bad for off the top of my head! Sorry if I’ve repeated any recipes from above. I love rice!

  3. It’s also really easy to freeze cooked rice for quick lunches (I find this especially nice for brown rice which takes a long time to cook). Just wrap a serving tightly in plastic wrap while the rice is still warm and freeze.

    • I cook a huge batch of rice on the weekends and keep it in my fridge so all I have to do for dinner is open some black beans or throw together a quick stir fry or curry. (Or, if I’m being really lazy, I dice up some broccoli and throw that, some rice, and some Velveeta in the microwave for a minute or two.) Prepping the rice ahead makes life so much easier!

  4. Easy Rice & Beans

    1 cup dry rice
    2 cups water
    1 t oregano
    1 t cumin
    1 can beans (any kind)

    Put rice, water and spices in med-large pot. Cook until all the water is absorbed (40ish minutes). Drain the beans and mix into the rice. Re-cover and let sit 5 minutes or so until the beans are warmed. Enjoy!

    I make big batches of rice & beans and always have some on hand for quick snacks/lunches/dinners. I love to throw some in a tortilla with some salsa and sour cream for easy burritos too.

  5. Loosely based on something I had at a Greek restaurant once:

    1 cup cooked rice (I use cold, leftover rice, but you could use freshly cooked.)
    1 cup frozen veggies (I like peas, corn, carrots, green beans, and lima beans)
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1/2 inch slice red onion, diced
    diced mushrooms (optional, use 3 or 4)
    1 tsp oregano
    1 tsp lemon juice
    2 TB chicken broth
    1 TB olive oil

    Put olive oil, garlic and onion in a non-stick skillet and sautee until onions are slightly translucent. Add remaining ingredients. Cook until liquid has been absorbed and dish is hot through.

    Makes enough for 1-2 people. (Depending on how hungry you are/what else you are eating.)

  6. Rice heat bag for period cramps! (Or any other sorts of cramps).
    Simply sew a rectangular sack using cotton or flannel fabric (since it will be going into the microwave), fill with rice, sew closed and enjoy! You can even make a cute cover for it out of any fabric (just remember to take it off when microwaving).

  7. Cabbage rolls (though as a lazy shortcut, I have started just chopping the cabbage and mixing it all together with the filling, rather than making attractive rolls with whole leaves).
    Similarly, stuffed bell peppers, though I recently came across a recipe on Pinterest that is similar to my above shortcut to make a stuffed pepper casserole, so ive been meaning to try that too.
    Beyond that, just think of the foods you regularly eat, add some seasoning and a layer of rice (tacos, wraps, chilli, etc).

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