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Rice is a staple in most homes. For me, growing up included rice almost every other day. I never got tired of eating it. Now, I love to eat rice with some soy sauce and nori. Or I will steam some veggies and top with sriracha sauce. But that is just me! My dear husband gets tired of eating just plain rice. So I try to cook recipes that rice is the after thought and not the star. But I do always return to my favorite plain steamed rice! Why not try something different than your regular steamed rice? Cook up one of the following recipes today!

Curried Rice & Chickpeas

Curry is able to change a simple dish into something dynamic. I used to make a Coconut Rice dish with chickpeas and green peas. Delicious. I decided to mix things up by adding in some red curry paste and tomatoes…can you say, “More Delicious”? Yes, it turned my ordinary Rice & Peas dish into something extraordinary.

Delicious Rating: This is a great curry recipe. Again it is a one pot meal, which I am a big fan of because they are usually easy recipes to cook up for dinner. The leftovers got time to blend the flavors and give it more depth which made it taste even better the next day. If you aren’t a big fan of curry, leave it out along with the tomatoes leaving a great coconut rice dish.


Curried Bean Pilaf

 I am a sucker for one-pot meals. They are usually quick and easy recipes that taste great. This is a complete dish and is the star of the dinner show. Yes, you can serve it with some meat or a nice green salad too. The plus? It is a Vegan Recipe and delicious!

Delicious Rating: For a spicier meal, add more curry paste or powder. The first time around I used brown rice and since brown rice cooks a lot longer, the meal was too mushy. The second time around I used white rice and it turned out great. There is a great balance between hot from the curry, sweet from the raisins, and the perfect crunch from the pecans. Overall, it is a good meal and I plan on cooking it again!


Spam Fried Rice

Be honest. You like spam. The saltiness. The crispy pan fried edges. The mystery of what you are actually eating. Admit it. You like spam.

I like spam. Fried super crispy and served with rice. Oooh…a spam musubi. Yummy! But most of all, I love some Spam Fried Rice. I love to make this when I am just hanging out on the couch watching tv. It is the perfect ‘hanging out’ food. If you are afraid to eat spam, try this recipe first. Trust me, you will like spam.

Delicious Rating: Maybe I am being bias towards my good friend spam but I think this is the best fried rice recipe ever! It is seriously delicious and an easy recipe to cook. Use some day old rice for the perfect consistency. I add extra eggs because I think you never really get enough egg in fried rice from a restaurant. My sauce is a little more sweet than others but change up the amount of ingredients in the sauce according to your taste. And please…please tell me if you like spam!


Tofu Vindaloo and Rice

When we were living in Texas there was an unbelievably delicious Indian restaurant. And although I am not a buffet frequenter, we would frequent their lunch buffet often. Indian food is something I miss eating a lot! Over the last couple of months I have been trying to cook a lot of different international fare, especially vegan. So why not cook up some Indian food? I decided to make one of my favorite Indian curry dishes, Vindaloo. I veganized it up with some fried tofu to make an absolutely delicious dish.

Delicious Rating: If you don’t like the lingering smell of Indian food in your house, I suggest you open up windows and close the bedroom doors before cooking this easy recipe. Once you get that done and cook this Vindaloo recipe you will be happy you did. The flavors meld together so well. But it wasn’t until the next day that it tasted even more amazing than when it first cooked. This is definitely a keeper and will be a regular dinner in my home.


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