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So, today, we bring you this rice recipe roundup. You heard me; the carb-coma after you try each and every one of these recipes will be worth it and even welcome!
Table of Contents
Carb-A-Licious Rice Recipes
- Classic Vegetable Fried Rice
- Easy Coconut Rice
- Easy Broccoli Fried “Rice”
- Turmeric Fried Rice
- Wild Rice Salad with Dried Fruit and Lemon Vinaigrette
- Secret Veggie Green Rice
- Rice and Bean Enchiladas
- Vietnamese-Style Fried Rice
- Mexican Style Chipotle Rice with Peppers, Tomatoes and Black Beans
- Red Beans and Rice
- Zucchini, Corn, and Tomato Rice Bowls
- Roasted Cranberry, Wild Rice and Kale Salad
- Mushroom Red Rice Soup
- Black Eyed Pea and Wild Rice Soup
- Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts
- Creamy Wild Rice Soup
- Rice Pudding
- Teriyaki Bowl with Wild Rice
- Mango Black Rice Salad
- Curry Cauliflower Rice
- Black Rice Pudding with Grilled Nectarines
- Tabouli Salad with Riced Cauliflower, Tomato, Cucumber and Herbs
- Coconut Ginger Rice
- Sweet and Spicy Coconut with Peanut Sauce Fried Rice Patties
- Tomato Rice Soup
- Lemony Rice Salad with Cannellini Beans and Hemp Hearts
- Brussel Sprout Cranberry Pesto Rice
- Spiced Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash
- Rice and Dal
- 40-Minute Red Lentil Curry with Cauliflower Rice
- Wild Rice Mexican Salad
- Creamy Mushroom and Rice Soup
- Sweet Chili Tofu Bowls with Coconut Rice and Bok Choy
- Coconut Lime Butternut Squash Fried Rice
- Spiced Lentils and Rice with Fried Onions
- Rice Pudding with Winter Spiced Berry Compote
- Thai Curry with Black Rice
- Lemon Rice
- Warm Wild Rice Salad
- Bamboo Rice and Za’Atar Tempeh Spring Bowl
- Vegetable Stew over Rice
- Mediterranean Rice
- Thai Coconut Curry Rice
- Pressure Cooker Spanish Rice
- Broccoli and Cauliflower Rice Hemp Casserole
- One Pot Mexican Style Fajita Rice
- Asparagus and Peanut Rice
- Cuban-Inspired Black Beans and Rice with Collard Greens and Pan-Fried Plantains
- Simple Quinoa Fried Rice
- Cauliflower Dirty Rice
- Wrapping Up
Carb-A-Licious Rice Recipes
Classic Vegetable Fried Rice
I love to get crafty with leftover rice. This recipe saved me the boredom of eating the same thing again and I think you’d appreciate it too. It’s quick, delicious, gluten and allergy-free.
Made with fresh veggies like carrots, green peas, bell peppers and more, this recipe is a sure-shot way to give your steamed rice a complete makeover in just 8 minutes!
Name another task you can complete in 8 minutes. Blank? Me too, guys.
Easy Coconut Rice
This is great to be paired with your Thai curries. Fresh coconut gives an irresistible aroma to the rice. The recipe is simple and quick.
The coconut milk gives the rice a richness you and your family will relish. Chopped cilantro gives it the flavor of a true Thai dish.
You can use this rice as an accompaniment for your Indian or Sri Lankan curries as well!
Easy Broccoli Fried “Rice”
How do you feel about rice made from vegetables? They’re a good choice if you’re looking to try something innovative and greener.
We agree rice has carbs a few people can’t have when on a particular diet plan.
That’s where this broccoli rice recipe comes to your rescue. Save this one for the day you’re craving fried rice but can’t eat “rice”. The veggies, sautéed tofu, and spices make it just as amazing.
You can use a sweet and sour ginger dipping sauce to add more flavor.
Turmeric Fried Rice
Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring and this dish proves exactly the point. This is budget friendly and uses ingredients like green peas, mushrooms, and tofu.
A hearty meal perfect for your weeknights when you want comfort food, the recipe packs great flavors of turmeric, ginger, garlic and other spices that will leave your belly satisfied for the night.
You can add peanuts or sunflower seeds to the dish if you like crunchiness.
Wild Rice Salad with Dried Fruit and Lemon Vinaigrette
This salad recipe spells fall season comfort food in neon. It is colorful, crunchy, and packs a bite.
The lemon vinaigrette offers a fresh tang to the salad that completely won me over. The wild rice has a lovely nutty flavor to it and isn’t heavy.
Apricots, tart’s cherries, and dates make the dish more wholesome. Your kids will love this one in their lunch boxes!
Secret Veggie Green Rice
Here we are yet again, trying to get our kids to eat their greens without another tantrum or argument at supper time.
The best trick my parents used was to disguise the greens into another dish. This sneaky recipe does exactly that.
Cauliflower, spinach, and avocados are blitzed to look like rice. Then, they’re added to fresh steamed rice and ingredients like lime juice, pepper, and garlic.
You can add a hint of mint leaves to give the rice a fresh flavor.
Rice and Bean Enchiladas
If I could, I’d spend all my money on Mexican Food. But awesome recipes like these save me from burning a hole in my pocket and keep my taste buds happy at the same time.
Homemade corn tortillas with beautifully spiced rice and bean fillings topped with a hot sauce will blow your mind.
The rice and bean skillet has pepper, hot sauce, hummus and more. The enchilada sauce is topped with avocados and cilantro. Enjoy this baked beauty!
Vietnamese-Style Fried Rice
Save this recipe for a day of therapeutic cooking with the family.
This dish takes a fair amount of time since it’s cooked from scratch, but the end result is very rewarding.
The list of ingredients is exotic, involving crisped shallots, Asian basil, herbs, and spices.
It is a complete explosion of flavors. The umami base note is thoroughly enjoyable and the cold cooked rice keeps the dish from getting soggy.
Mexican Style Chipotle Rice with Peppers, Tomatoes and Black Beans
This dish is dedicated yet again to parents with picky eaters, but adults are in for a treat as well!
Made with tomatoes, beans, and rice simmered in sautéed onions, garlic, and chipotle paste, this rice is a standalone dish to fill you up without bothering about having sides and additions.
Great for a no-fuss yet hearty lunch, you can serve this recipe with guacamole or a fresh salad.
Red Beans and Rice
This recipe will remind you of the authentic roots of red beans and rice. The central ingredient that adds the entire smoky flavor in the bean sauce is chipotles in adobo and easily found in the store.
It’s cooked till thick and creamy with a lot of ingredients such as garlic, celery, bell peppers, and herbs.
Rice and onions are then served with a side of this lovely bean sauce. You can add a dash of lime for zestiness.
Zucchini, Corn, and Tomato Rice Bowls
We all have our days where we’re out of options, bored of old recipes and still want to have a nice meal. You will thank this one on days you’re too exhausted for a fussing around!
Farm fresh veggies like zucchini, corn and tomatoes pan-tossed with a little seasoning are served with freshly steamed rice to give you a comforting and delicious bowl. This meal isn’t just simple and easy but also very nutritious.
Roasted Cranberry, Wild Rice and Kale Salad
Fall season hits you with full force, so does the craving for rich food. This crunchy kale and wild rice salad offer you several textures with a big bonus: roasted cranberries.
They are caramelized to perfection and add a beautiful flavor with its mildly sweet and sour taste. Combined with ingredients such as thyme, pecans and a scrumptious maple-apple dressing, this is mouth-wateringly yummy!
It also helps the colors in this salad are picture perfect and will appeal to everyone’s eyes, kids and adults alike.
Mushroom Red Rice Soup
Warm and healthy soup to make you feel all cozy on a cold evening is here. The recipe is loaded with vitamin, fiber, and anti-oxidants, the perfect mood boosters to chase away winter blues.
Sliced mushrooms spiced with fresh thyme, sage and herbs are cooked with red rice in a vegetable broth, giving the soup a good sense of wholesomeness.
It is easily digested and will keep you full for a good amount of time. You can couple this soup with some freshly tossed olive and tomato salad if you want it a bit more filling.
Black Eyed Pea and Wild Rice Soup
I love black-eyed peas; both the band and the legume! Wild rice is a new favorite whole grain in the plant-based community given its unique nutty taste.
Combining these two to make a soup is a wonderfully simple and quick task.
All it needs is adding toasted wild rice, fresh veggies, and black-eyed peas to a broth with your favorite seasonings.
This one is perfect for lunch on a day you’re running late or are too hungry to make anything elaborate and time-consuming.
Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts
This Middle-Eastern dish is lovely to look at, better yet, it tastes great.
The rice recipe is aromatic and colored a gentle yellow because of saffron. Ingredients such as finely chopped onions, pine nuts, and golden raisins are cooked with beautiful basmati rice.
Serve this to guests with a lovely gravy and you’ll definitely win hearts.
You can replace saffron with a dash of turmeric if you’re looking for a more economical option.
Creamy Wild Rice Soup
In my humble opinion, Fall should be renamed “soup season”.
This recipe would be the best one to start your nights with. The surprise lies in the fact of it being completely dairy-free. Fresh veggies like celery, carrots, and onions are sautéed with garlic and other herbs and spices.
The creaminess is owed to the cashew paste mixed in the vegetable broth and cooked rice for the soup.
Serve with a side of fresh bread and enjoy your evening with a glass of wine!
This rice dessert is one of the healthiest and tastiest I’ve come across. Creamy with the richness of vanilla and chocolate, a serving of this is food for your soul.
The recipe uses vegan branded milk, use your favorite. Sugar and cinnamon are added to both the pots to give you a duo pudding combination.
Serve these with fresh strawberries and bananas to make the most out of the flavors.
Teriyaki Bowl with Wild Rice
Anything with teriyaki sauce has my immediate attention. This dish uses some Smart Ground Original Crumbles for vegan ‘meat’.
The gravy is made from rice vinegar, mirin, garlic and other ingredients blended with cornstarch.
The vegan ground ‘meat’ is mixed with delicious teriyaki sauce then added to a bowl of rice garnished with bean sprouts, chopped cilantro and onions.
You can try using green chili if you love additional spice.
Mango Black Rice Salad
The recipe is a very interesting one so you can whip this up on a day you want to do something different with your meals.
Crunchy black rice is tossed with sweet mango chunks, red onions, and sunflower seeds. The mix is dressed with juices like lime, grapefruit and cane sugar.
You can make a big batch of this dish and set it aside; the rice takes time to soak up the dressing and hence tastes better eaten later.
Curry Cauliflower Rice
We all have days where our alarm gives up on us or is it the other way around? This recipe takes just 15 minutes to whip up your lunch for work or class.
The dish has a twist to the Indian version of pulav by using cauliflower rice. Add chopped veggies like onions and bell peppers to a pan and season them with Indian curry powder, turmeric, and salt. Add and cook the rice till fluffy and you’re all set for lunch!
Green peas and French beans can also be added if you have them in your fridge.
Black Rice Pudding with Grilled Nectarines
There’s something about black rice that captivates me. This recipe is one of a kind and a delight to taste.
Cooked black rice is blended with a mix of pureed coconut cream, dates and simmered with a hint of ginger.
Grilled nectarines are added to the pudding along with fresh blueberries and toasted coconut flakes. The gentle sweetness of the dates will get you every time.
Tabouli Salad with Riced Cauliflower, Tomato, Cucumber and Herbs
This salad looks exactly how you would envision a salad to be. The juicy tomatoes complement the crunchy cucumbers and mint.
Parsley, onions and chopped walnuts add texture to the salad. The dressing is made from ingredients like lemon zest, lemon juice, red wine vinegar and seasonings like pepper and salt.
The traditional bulgur has been replaced with riced cauliflower and makes the perfect summer salad for you.
Coconut Ginger Rice
This rice recipe is fit to be on a gourmet dinner platter.
The dish is relatively simple to cook. Garlic sautéed in oil is cooked with rice, coconut milk, and lime juice. The blend is covered to simmer till the rice blooms and absorbs all the flavor from the milk.
You can garnish it with cilantro and serve it with your favorite curry to make it a lovely weekend dinner for the family.
Sweet and Spicy Coconut with Peanut Sauce Fried Rice Patties
These rice patties are a little bit of home. Crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside, these fritters offer a lot of flavor for their small size. I’ll bet you won’t stop at just one.
Scrumptious coconut skillet sauce is made using ingredients such as shredded coconut, peanuts blended with spices.
It’s cooked with onions and boiled rice, cooled and then fried in small portions. What you get are patties that make you crave 10 more.
Tomato Rice Soup
Soup, you simple beauty! You’ll be looking for an excuse to grab yourselves a piping bowl of this recipe the moment the temperature drops.
Fresh carrots, celery, and onions are boiled then pureed along with diced tomatoes and pepper. The puree is doubled with broth and used to cook the rice on a low heat.
Once cooked, the soup is garnished with a dash of lime and parsley.
Enjoy a few bites of crispy croutons with this delicious soup.
Lemony Rice Salad with Cannellini Beans and Hemp Hearts
This dish is my convenient go to because it can be served both warm and cold. It uses Mediterranean herbs and spices in its salad.
The base is cooked white rice and is accompanied with peas, creamy cannellini beans, and hemp hearts.
A lemony dressing to add the right amount of zest is prepared from lemon juice, scallions, parsley, and seasoning.
The golden raisins add a slight sweetness to the dressing. All in all, this dish is loaded with a lot of flavors you’d adore.
Brussel Sprout Cranberry Pesto Rice
What I love about both the Rachels is how they add a flair of drama to each of their recipes. This one uses the concept of using forbidden or black rice, wild rice, and quinoa. They’ll prove just how well these three fit in one recipe.
The dish has three components that involve making pesto, cooking the rice and quinoa and baking it with spiced Brussels sprouts.
Ingredients such as almonds, garlic, and lemon juice give the pesto a creamy and zingy flavor. Cranberries and ribboned basil form a part of the lovely garnish that makes the dish look irresistible.
Spiced Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash
Another fall favorite rice dish is here to shine!
The recipe is a sweet and savory combination of rice and apples cooked with onions, pecans, garam masala, and aromatic spices. All these being cooked in coconut oil give it a wonderful fragrance.
The acorn squash is scooped and filled with the mix and baked to perfection. The presentation caught my eye as it looks absolutely stunning. Serve with a side of sliced apples and you have a lovely starter.
Rice and Dal
Can we spend a moment to appreciate the beauty of the simplest combination of Indian food? When all else fails, you turn to rice and dal.
This dish requires a short amount of time but has two parts: steamed rice and cooked lentil “gravy”.
The rice yellow lentils are boiled and spiced in separate pots with aromatic and flavor-packed spices such as star anise, cardamom, turmeric and more.
It’s best accompanied with a vegetable such as potatoes or a pickle.
40-Minute Red Lentil Curry with Cauliflower Rice
This addresses how exactly underrated lentils are, and I agree with that. It’s hearty and is very close to the authentic one.
Veggies like, onions, carrots, and peppers are sautéed and mixed with a red curry paste. This mix is added to boiled lentils and seasoned with spices.
The cauliflower rice is cooked in coconut oil briefly to make it tender. Be prepared to keep repeating this recipe a lot, you’ll love it and so will everyone you serve it to!
Wild Rice Mexican Salad
Wild rice is pretty popular because of its lower impact on your blood sugar compared to regular rice.
This recipe can make a full meal, side dish or a simple salad for you Mexican food lovers. The ingredients are light and clean with all the Mexican flavors.
The wild rice is cooked in vegetable broth to complement the tomatoes, onions and pinto beans with simple seasonings like garlic, onion and chili powder.
Eating this salad cold gives you the best of all the flavors.
Creamy Mushroom and Rice Soup
One cannot simply have just a single mushroom and rice soup recipe.
Mushrooms and rice make a great combination. This one is a different twist. It uses vegetables and also has two different types of mushrooms because two is better than one!
Combined beautifully with herbs and jasmine rice, the creamy texture comes from cashew or coconut milk.
The best part is that both give you a different flavor so you can keep switching between them.
Sweet Chili Tofu Bowls with Coconut Rice and Bok Choy
Love tofu? Then this is a dish that you have to try ASAP. This Japanese recipe will bring you to your knees with its perfect combination of flavors. It tastes very refined and this is something I respect in a dish.
You get stir-fried tofu with bok choy blended in red onions, garlic and vegan fish sauce. The rice is cooked in coconut milk to make it fluffy and rich.
Serve a portion of each of these three in a bowl with avocados, green onion, and pineapple to give you a clean taste.
Coconut Lime Butternut Squash Fried Rice
We’ve heard and read about cauliflower and broccoli rice, but what about butternut squash rice?
Yes, it’s possible and you’ll love it. This recipe uses chunks of butternut squash to recreate the texture of rice and is cooked with coconut milk and a dash of lime juice.
The flavors feel fresh on your palate and you are free to add your favorite seasonal vegetables to the mix.
Add a side of stir-fried tofu and you have a spring-time meal winner.
Spiced Lentils and Rice with Fried Onions
Humble lentils coupled with basmati rice give you a very comforting dish. The recipe is perfect for a day-in when you feel like eating something spicy and hearty.
The fried onion rings or mejadra is the cherry on top and complements the spiced rice. Aromatic basmati rice is cooked with lentils and spices like turmeric, cumin, cinnamon and more.
The fragrance wafting through your kitchen will get your stomach rumbling in no time.
Rice Pudding with Winter Spiced Berry Compote
A light and simple rice pudding accompanied with a blast of spiced berry compote is a good dessert combination for your summer brunch.
The creamy sweetness of the pudding is gentle and does not overpower the compote’s zing. The dish uses dairy-free milk to soften the rice during cooking into a pudding and is blended with gentle vanilla.
The compote uses mixed berries cooked with ginger, cinnamon, and cloves among other spices.
Garnishing this dish with chopped dry fruits will add to its richness.
Thai Curry with Black Rice
The more recipes I read about forbidden rice, the harder in love I fall with it!
Apart from making a stunning presentation on the table, it tastes equally delightful. This recipe has a lot of flavor because of the Thai curry, which is a coconut based and cooked with tofu and fresh veggies.
The rice is cooked and served with the richly spiced curry and a dollop of full-fat coconut milk. The veggies can be switched with other Asian or Thai vegetables if you can’t find them easily.
With all the range of recipes that use leftover rice, sometimes I deliberately cook a big batch and leave it in the fridge to try a new one.
Lemon rice is one of my all-time summer favorites. You would think rice weighs you down and makes you drowsy, just try this one out.
It’s made using very few ingredients such as curry leaves, turmeric, and whole dry red chili.
The fried peanuts and split gram lentils give the rice crunchiness; the lime juice gives all the flavor and zest. Fantastic!
Warm Wild Rice Salad
This salad is the definition of clean eating. Lentils and wild rice cooked in light herbs make a healthy combination for those trying to shed extra pounds.
You also have a side of baked squash and fresh tomatoes with a generous helping of homemade tahini.
The dish can be altered as per your taste; you can add more veggies or replace the squash with tofu.
Bamboo Rice and Za’Atar Tempeh Spring Bowl
This dish is so pretty to look at; you almost don’t want to touch it! Wait until you get a whiff of its delicious aroma and you’ll attack it with vigor!
Bamboo rice is a type of short grain rice infused with bamboo juice and a hint of jasmine green tea.
Asparagus, zucchini, and avocados drizzled with tahini match the green theme that bamboo rice sets; they all make a great platter and you won’t want to replace anything in it.
Vegetable Stew over Rice
Winters spell comfort food to me. What is a better dish than some hot stew with rice?
It doesn’t take long to stir yourself a pot of this yummy recipe. The veggies in it make the dish super healthy.
Mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini and more are cooked with slight seasonings and served with freshly steamed rice.
You can easily freeze the leftovers for the next day’s work lunch.
A quick and simple Mediterranean recipe in less than 20 minutes? I’ll take it!
The dish is full of vibrant colors and flavor. Filled with fresh tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and more veggies the dish is spiced with a few herbs to give it a kick. It is ideal to be served with a salad or hummus.
The taste is light yet spicy because of the paprika. You can make this one on a day you have limited time and a lot of chores to fulfill.
Thai Coconut Curry Rice
Coconut curry rice screams Thai cuisine and I can’t get enough of it.
This recipe is easy to cook and I don’t have to worry about having a side. This dish is based on the Thai red curry and just takes 30 minutes to cook.
Red curry paste gives it the color and flavor along with full cream coconut milk. Warm spices that the vegetables are cooked in will leave you feeling totally satisfied.
Pressure Cooker Spanish Rice
I am a sucker for rice and veggie blends. They make an ideal combo for hosting a get-together.
The flavor of this recipe feels like home, and they take just 10 minutes to cook. That’s it. A mix of different peppers with onions and salsa gives this rice its Spanish taste.
You can serve this rice with a black bean salad with tomatoes and baby corn to complete the dish.
Broccoli and Cauliflower Rice Hemp Casserole
Perfect for the holiday mood, the broccoli and cauliflower are cooked in a rich cashew cream and almond milk sauce with hemp.
The dish smells lovely while baking and serves as a hearty lunch or early dinner. You can add slices of warm garlic bread to go with it.
One Pot Mexican Style Fajita Rice
This is another pot rice recipe to save me extra pain to make a side dish. Perfect to welcome spring!
The dish uses ingredients like jalapeno, cumin seeds, fennel and more to give it a Mexican flavor. Tomatoes, mushrooms and garlic powder will take you to your comfort zone.
There are more veggies included and you can add more like baby corn and bell peppers if you want to make the rice pot more substantial.
Asparagus and Peanut Rice
The rice recipe is all about the joy of indulging in seasonal veggies. We often take that aspect for granted by using veggies that are available throughout the year.
This dish will help you make the best out of the season’s produce in a very tasty Indian way.
British asparagus, capsicum, and onions are cooked with curry leaves, sambhar masala, and asafoetida.
The peanuts and rice are cooked with the broth and veggies to give an incredible fragrance. Serve it with spicy and tangy tomato chutney.
Cuban-Inspired Black Beans and Rice with Collard Greens and Pan-Fried Plantains
Plantains in food are very underrated. They make a dish more wholesome for those who enjoy a mild sweetness.
This recipe tastes very Cuban and you’ll love the black beans with collard greens.
They are cooked to be spicy and have a lovely sour lime juice twist. The thickness of the gravy goes well with the steamed rice.
Fried plantains balance out the spice and bring uniqueness to the plate. You’ll definitely take a second helping of this one.
Simple Quinoa Fried Rice
I understand why you may want to restrict your intake of rice, but your cravings don’t! Let me help you out by giving you a recipe for those types of days.
Switching rice with quinoa is your healthiest option and it tastes great too! It has all the jazz and flavors as our favorite fried rice.
The veggies are fresh, spices lively and this recipe will take under 15 minutes for you to dish out.
Feel free to play with the seasonings and veggies to make it your own.
Cauliflower Dirty Rice
Cauliflower rice is the answer to my prayers on a day I don’t want to eat rice. It has the same impact and gives me the leeway to indulge in more rice recipes.
The celery, roasted pepper, thyme, and other ingredients are fried in avocado oil, an excellent healthy replacement for heavier oils.
Frozen cauliflower rice can be switched with broccoli if you want to make it different.
Maybe dirty represents this recipe being the dirty secret to indulge my rice cravings?
These were our 50 favorite rice recipes to share with you!
Trust me, it wasn’t easy to pick, but we try to bring you only the best of the best.
These recipes have all the themes to fit your mood, diets and seasonal veggies.
From the heartiest of dishes to very light ones, they will save you the effort of extra brainstorming. They all taste so good and you’ll be torn between just repeating one dish or trying them all out.
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Send us pictures when you try them and tell us about a modified or new recipe you have, or what you’d like to see next time!