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Rice Recipes and Fun Facts

Updated on June 23, 2015
Rice | Source

A Little Bit of Rice Trivia

  • September is National Rice Month
  • Rice has been cultivated for over 5,000 years.
  • Rice is grown on every continent in the world except Antarctica.
  • There are more than 40,000 varieties of rice
  • Rice is the first food a new bride in India offers to her husband and the first food offer to a new born baby.
  • Rice is a symbol of life and fertility, which is why rice was traditionally thrown at weddings.
  • Rice is the main dietary supplement to more than half the worlds population.
  • In Thailand when you call your family to a meal you say "Eat rice".
  • One seed of rice yields more than 3,000 grains.
  • In Burma a person eats over 500 pounds of rice a year.
  • To Japanese people it is rude to leave rice in your bowl, they feel it is important not to waste food.
  • Louis Armstrong signed his autograph "Red Beans and Ricely Yours...".
  • Rice is used in beer, dog food, baby food, breakfast cereals, snacks, frozen foods, sauces, and more.
  • Rice and its by-products are used to make straw and rope, paper, wine, crackers, beer, cosmetics, packing materials, and toothpaste.

Brown rice
Brown rice | Source

Long Grain White Rice Verses Brown Rice

Nutritional content
White rice 
Brown rice 
79 g 
dietary fiber
2.92 g
thiamine (Vit. B1)
0.0701mg (5%)
0.401mg (31%)
riboflavin (Vit. B2)
0.0149mg (1%)
0.093mg (6%)
niacin (Vit. B3)
1.62mg (11%)
5.091mg (34%)
pantothenic acid (B5)
1.014mg (20%)
1.193mg (30%)
vitamin B6
0.164mg (13%)
0.509mg (39%)
folate (Vit. B9)
.8ug (2%)
20ug (5%)
28mg (3%)
23mg (2%)
0.08mg (6%)
1047mg (12%)
25mg (7%)
143mg (39%)
1.088mg (54%)
3.743mg (187%)
115mg (16%)
333mg (48%)
115mg (2%)
233mg (5%)
1.09mg (11%)
2.02mg (20%)
Nutritional Value of Long Grain White Rice as Compared to Brown Rice
Rice heart
Rice heart | Source

Red Rice Southern Sytle


10 slices bacon

1 onion, chopped

1/2 green pepper, chopped

2 cups uncooked rice

2 (16 oz) cans diced tomatoes

3 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/8 tsp Tabasco sauce


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Fry bacon until crisp, crumble and set aside.

Using bacon grease, saute onions and green peppers until tender.

Add rice, tomatoes, bacon and seasonings.

Cook on top of stove for 10 minutes.

Place into large greased casserole dish. Cover and bake for 1 hour.

Belly Busting Rice Casserole


1/4 cup white onion, chopped

2 tbsp butter

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 small can mushrooms

2 cups cooked rice

3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 dash Worcestershire sauce


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Saute onions in butter until onions become transparent, about 5 minutes.

Add mushroom soup and drain juice from can of mushrooms into pan. Mix well.

Place cooked rice into a greased casserole dish and pour mushroom soup mixture over it.

Stir well, top with mushrooms and shredded cheese.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until casserole is thoroughly heated.

Chicken Paella


nonstick cooking spray

1 large onion, chopped

1 large green pepper, chopped

2 cuts leftover chicken, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 tsp paprika

1/4 tap ground turmeric

1 3/4 cup instant rice, white or brown

1 (14 0z) can chicken broth

1/4 cup water

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

1 cup frozen peas


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Prepare a large frying pan and a casserole dish with non stick cooking spray.

Heat skillet and add onion and green pepper, cook until onion is tender. About 3 to 4 minutes.

Add chicken, garlic, paprika and turmeric. Cook, stirring until chicken begins to brown.

Stir in uncooked instant rice, chicken broth, water, salt and black pepper.

Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Remove from heat and add tomatoes and peas.

Place all ingredients into prepared casserole dish. Cover and place in oven

Bake for 20 minutes.


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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      aviannovice, Brown rice is great. I used it as a substitute for white in every recipe I make at home.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I really enjoyed this, as I used to eat a lot of white rice, then made the change to brown rice. It still works in everything that I make, and as I see here, it seems so much healthier. The recipes are great, too!

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Pamela, You got that right. It was named belly busting because it is so good you just can't stop eating it. Thanks for visiting.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Gals, Those recipes all look good. The name of the second one is quite funny as that's probably how much I would eat. Thanks for the recipes.