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Three Simple Rice Recipes

Updated on February 8, 2014

Rice Cooker

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Cooking Rice


Rice a Good Kitchen Friend

Rice is a kitchen staple that anyone can prepare. It is one of the world’s most popular foods, and this means that not only do you get a wide variety of ricebut a number of different recipes that can be made with this one ingredient as the main meal or a side dish.

If you are a new or beginning cook, rice is a versatile food that will help you provide quick, easy and tasty meals whether they are for yourself or for your family.

Often people who live alone are reluctant to cook, there are a number of excuses used, can’t be bothered when it’s just for one, is a common theme. Well, with rice you can find a recipe that is little bother and takes only a few minutes to prepare.

For example, you can boil rice in just less than 15 minutes, 14 to be exact. While the rice is boiling you can toss some frozen or pre-cut vegetables into a wok or frying pan about 5-7 minutes, depending upon how crisp you like your vegetables and when the rice is boiled, put some on a plate, add vegetables on top, then flavour with your favourite soy sauce, hot sauceor both. Of course you can add seas salt and black pepper to taste.


This rice recipe can be varied by adding sliced water chestnuts, which I buy in a can, some almonds; apple slices or let your imagination run free.

I find myself using my rice cooker more often these days when I want to make rice. It is a simpler way to get the end result. Cooked rice than can be added to a stir fry, salad or eaten as is. I usually make enough for four as there are two of usand this leaves me extra for another sitting, either lunch or supper.

I put it in an air tight container and place it in the fridgeand I have the main dish for a quick meal, add a few vegetables and a meal is ready.

Rice goes very well with chicken and one of my favourite meals is red beans and rice.

Boiled Rice:


2 cups rice, I mostly use par-boiled

3 cups water

1 tsp

Dash sea salt


Put water, butter and sea salt intopot.

Add rice

Put burner on high

Bring to Boil


Reduce heat to medium

Check after 8 minutes, stir

Cook maximum 14 minutes

Empty rice into a serving dish and it is ready to eat. If you are making some for later set it aside. The rice can be prepared up to 24 hours before using it for stir fries or salads. Be sure to place in an air tight container when it cools and then refrigerate.

Red Beans and Rice - Vegetarian

Prepare rice as above.

You can use either canned beans or dried beans for this dish. If you are using dried bean, you must soak them at least12 hours before usingand the cooking time is longer. The following recipe uses canned beans, it is faster.


1 14 oz can red kidney beans

1 small onion diced

½ green pepper diced

1 celery stalk sliced

1 tbsp tomato paste

1 tsp butter

Sea salt

Black pepper to taste

Hot sauce of your choice


Drain canned beans and rinse thoroughly

In fry plan put butter, onion, green peppers and celery

Cook for 2 minutes

Add beans, stir

Cook 4 minutes

Add tomato paste

Season with pepper, seas salt and hot sauce to meet your personal taste


Cook 2 minutes

Pour over rice and serve.

Rice and Vegetable Stir Fry (Quick Meal)

Prepare rice as above.


2 cups rice

1 cup frozen vegetables, your choice

1 tsp butter or cooking oil

Sea salt pinch

Soy sauce


Put butter in frying pan or wok

Let melt

Add frozen vegetables


Cook 5 minutes

Putrice on plate cover with vegetables season with soy sauce and sea salt if desired.

There are many variations on this dish and as I have said this versatility is one of the reasons rice is a cook’s good friend. Rice expands your meal options. Enjoy.


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  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome and thanks for the comment, happy cooking.

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    bri36 7 years ago

    hey Bob, this is a great hub. I often use rice in many of my dishes. yes it is very versatile and a lot of the time adds the right texture to what ever it is that you are cooking. thank you for sharing this with us.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome,thanks for dropping by.

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    SUSANJK 7 years ago from Florida

    Thanks for the recipes.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Enjoy and thanks for dropping by.

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    Christy Zutautas 7 years ago

    Thanks for the great rice recipes! I never know what the heck to do with rice and my children hate eating it plain.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks Kevin, enjoy.

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    Kevin Hungerford 7 years ago from Florida

    I like to think I am Latin at heart. I love rice with everything. This Hub was refreshing as I learned some new ideas.

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    Average Jane 9 years ago from Bay Area, California

    Rice can be base for a filling (and frugal!) meal. When i was a struggling student, I used to have at least one rice dish for week. I would purchase a 20 pound sack of rice from the local Chinatown, which could last from 2-3 months. I would make variations on rice and beans by adding left-over meats, cook fried rice by adding some chopped vegetables and eggs or, if chicken was on sale, make a stove-top chicken paella with some roasted red peppers and chickpeas! Some of the most inventive and delicious meals I've had are with rice!

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks Pro.

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    ProCW 9 years ago from South Carolina

    Nice hub, Bob. Unless there is some kind of juice/gravy, etc. to go on my rice, I tend not to like plain old white rice. But, I do like...

    ... plain yellow rice.

    ... plain brown rice.

    ... various fried rices.

    ... & YUMMY Rice Crispies!

    Thumbs up!


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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Dottie that would be perfect. Sounds like a wsie choice Shirley and reminds me of my mother's kitchen adventures.

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    Shirley Anderson 9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    If you ever want rice that you can use for wallpaper paste Bob, just let me know and I'll cook you up a batch. 

    My kids were raised on my dreadful cooking, and sometimes they marvel (in a humourous way) that they actually lived through it.  While my son has gone on to acquire a taste for separate, fluffy grains of rice, my daughters cling to what mommy fed them and insist that rice is cooked incorrectly if it isn't sticky and spoons out in a solid lump or ball.  mmmmmmm....

    Therefore, in the interest of gastronomic safety and kindness, I shall refrain from trying your recipes, but have enjoyed reading about them - thx!

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    Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

    Thanks, I'll bring the Rose of Sharon's for the table!

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    You would be most welcome.

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    Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

    Yeah, can I come over please!!!

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Yeah, i am going to have to make rice pudding soon.

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    Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

    Hmmmm homemade rice pudding, now that's a YUM YUM!!!

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Hmmm rice pudding, now I have not had that in ages, thanks for stopping by.

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    Pam Pounds 9 years ago from So Cal Girl in the Midwest!

    Rice is a great side dish - and sometimes main meal...but, then I discovered a recipe for homemade rice pudding for dessert.....YUM!!

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Rice was not part of my childhood home, at least not often, it was something i picked up later. Thanks for the visit.

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    Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

    Although I grew up on meat and potatoes, I find rice much easier and quicker to prepare and that's a sell for me! Thanks for the recipes!

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    We used to eat rice everyday, usually supper but sometimes lunch and on the rare occasion breakfast, now it is more like once a week. Thanks for the visit.

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    Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

    In Lima we eat rice everyday in everymeal. It is weird but a meal is not complete if there is no rice.

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks ZB, rice is an ideal alternative to potatoes. I have had red beans and rice for breakfast on several occasions. Thanks for stopping by.

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    Research Analyst 9 years ago

    Rice is a great meal with dinner or breakfast.

  • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

    Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    Bob great hub. I don't think that we eat enough rice. It is such a great change from potatoes. I just love it with a stir fry.

    Thanks for sharing regards Zsuzsy


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