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What can be added to rice to make it less...boring? ?!


Question: What can be added to rice to make it less!.!.!.boring!? !?
I have a lot of rice and it tastes boring on its own!. Got any ideas!? I don't have a lot of things to work with!. I'm also bad at cooking!. So please help!Www@FoodAQ@Com


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Orange-Glazed Chicken with Rice ]INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup currant jelly
1/2 cup cold water, divided
1/4 cup orange juice concentrate
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 dash hot pepper sauce
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (3 1/2) pound broiler-fryer chicken, cut up
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
RICE:
1 cup diced celery
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 1/3 cups water
1 1/3 cups uncooked instant rice
2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
1/2 teaspoon salt
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DIRECTIONS
In a saucepan, combine jelly, 1/4 cup water and concentrate!. Cook and stir on low until jelly is melted!. Combine cornstarch and remaining water; gradually stir into jelly mixture along with mustard and hot pepper sauce!. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly!. Cook about 2 minutes more; remove from heat and set aside!. Combine flour and salt; dredge chicken!. In a skillet over medium heat, brown chicken in oil!. Place in a greased 13-in!. x 9-in!. x 2-in!. baking dish!. Pour sauce over chicken!. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes!. Baste with sauce!. Bake, uncovered, 45 minutes longer or until juices run clear!. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, saute celery and onion in butter until crisp-tender!. Add water; bring to a boil!. Stir in rice, concentrate and salt!. Cover and remove from the heat; let stand 5-7 minutes or until water is absorbed!. Serve chicken over rice!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

You can add pretty much anything you want to rice, You could chop up some bell pepper and tomato and some melty cheese!. Try some different spices and cheeses!.
One of my faves is frozen chopped spinach with diced tomatoes and feta cheese with rice!. Add some basil and onion powder while the rice is cooking!. When the rice is about half done you can add the spinach and tomato!. You can also use parmesan cheese on it!. It's really easy and very gourmet tasty and except for the feta cheese is very inexpensive!. You can get spices at the dollar store!. Experiment with different things to see what you like!. In a pinch you can also add a can of your favorite soup!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

My mom and I cook a lot of rice and I like to use the Lipton's rice packages, they come in delicious flavors like Mexican rice and Broccoli and Cheese!. Their only downside is they are very high in sodium so keep that in mind and instead of using two packages of Lipton's rice try using an equal amount of plain white rice with it! Or if you only want one package try doing half of the package and an equal amount of white rice!. This is very simple and delicious!. Most grocery stores constantly have these packages on sale for 10 for 10 dollars!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

If you want something simple, you can fry it in a pan and add some soy sauce!. Add green onions and any type of meat!. It's really good!.

If you don't have soy sauce, try ketchup!. Add some eggs, onions, meat, and anything else that sounds good!.

I love fried rice, it's amazing! =]

Oh, and if you really don't want to use the stove then you can try the soy sauce or ketchup and just heat it up in the microwave!. Or if you don't like either, just put in some lemon and eat the rice with chicken or beef!. It takes pretty good, and it's really simple!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

You could add sugar and milk and make an almost desert-type rice dish! I do this sometimes for breakfast when nothing else appeals to me!. You could also add some cheese and chicken, and maybe some steamed broccoli too :)
Steaming the broccoli is easy; all you have to do is put some in the microwave and cover it with a sheet of plastic wrap!. Chicken's easy to make too!. Just put it in a skillet and fry it until everything's white, even in the middle!. Cut it open to make sure!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

Spanish Rice I
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups instant rice
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 (14!.5 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes
1 cup tomato juice
In a large saucepan over medium heat combine oil, rice, onion, red bell pepper and green bell pepper!. Saute until onions are translucent!. Stir in mustard, salt, tomatoes and tomato juice; simmer for 5 minutes
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Arroz Verde
Serves 4
3 1/2 cups chicken broth or water
2 chopped poblano peppers, stems, and seeds removed
1 chopped jalapeno or serrano pepper, stems, and seeds removed
2 chopped scallions
? cup chopped fresh cilantro
? cup chopped fresh parsley
1? teaspoon salt
3 tbsp vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic, peeled, and finely chopped
2 cups long-grain rice
Juice of 1 lime
Place the peppers, scallions, parsley, cilantro, garlic, and salt in a blender and process until smooth!. Add a little water if needed!. Heat the oil in a large saucepan!. Add the rice and stir to coat all the grains!. Cook, stirring for about 2 minutes more!. Add the ingredients from the blender to the rice and stir two more minutes, to incorporate well!. Add the chicken broth or water, and reduce the heat to low!. Cover and cook until the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes!. Turn the heat off and stir in the lime juice, making sure it's evenly dispersed
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Mexican Red Rice
Serves 6
2 cups long-grain white rice
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 cloves finely chopped garlic
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
Approximately 3 cups chicken broth or water
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons salt
Heat the vegetable oil in a wide pot!. When hot, add the chopped garlic, onion, and green pepper!. Cook over medium heat, until theonion turns translucent, but not brown!. Add the rice and stir to coat!. Cook approximately 3 minutes, stirring constantly!. Add the diced tomatoes!. (Reserve the liquid!.) Measure the remaining tomato liquid from the can and add enough chicken broth to equal 4 cups total!. Add the liquid, salt, and ground cumin to the pot!. Stir and cover!. Simmer over medium-low heat approximately 20 minutes, until liquid is absorbed
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South African Yellow Rice With Cinnamon and Raisins
4-6 servings
3 tbsp vegetable oil
2 cups long grain white rice
2 sticks cinnamon
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 ? teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 cup raisins
3 ? cups water
Heat the oil in a medium-size saucepan!. Add the rice, and stir to coat completely!. Add the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, cover, and let simmer over low heat until all the water is absorbed
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Indian Lemon Rice With Ginger and Peanuts
4-6 servings
2 cups basmati rice
3 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoons black mustard seeds (or white if unavailable)
1 tablespoon minced, peeled fresh ginger
? cup finely chopped, salted, roasted peanuts
? teaspoon turmeric
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon of fresh grated lemon zest or peel
Rinse the rice and drain!. Bring the rice, water, and salt to a boil and cook over low heat, until all the water is absorbed!. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes!. Fluff the rice with a fork!. Heat the oil in a 12-inch frying pan over moderately high heat!. Cook the mustard seeds, stirring until the seeds begin to pop!. Add the ginger and peanuts, and stir another 2 minutes!. Add the turmeric, and stir one minute more!. Add the spice mixture to the cooked rice and mix thoroughly!. Stir in the lemon juice and sprinkle with the lemon zest
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Coriander Rice
1/2 cup olive oil
1 1/2 cups minced shallots (about 8)
3 tablespoons ground coriander
3/4 teaspoon turmeric
41/2 cups basmati rice or other long-grain white rice
9 cups low-salt chicken broth
3 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
PreparationHeat oil in heavy large pot over medium heat!. Add shallots and sauté until tender and golden brown, about 12 minutes!. Add coriander and turmeric and stir 1 minute!. Add rice and stir until coated!. Add broth and salt; bring to simmer!. Cover; reduce heat to low!. Cook until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes!. Stir in parsley!. Transfer to platter and serve
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I very basic answer is stop cooking it in water!. Use broths instead!. And then throw in whatever veggies you have in the fridge!.!.chop up mushrooms, onions, peppers (red or green), etc!.!.!.your imaginations has no limits!. also ham, turkey, beef chunks!. And of course the herbs and spices should not be ignored!. Thyme is great!. A bit of poultry seasoning enhances adding chicken!. A ground rule I have adopted lately is STAY AWAY from white rice!. Nutritionally it's empty!. Stick with brown rice or wild rice!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

Well my family owns a restaraunt and we have a dish that consists of brown rice, steamed veggies, chicken and cheese, all mixed up!. (some people like to add ranch and/or even hot sauce on top of it!.) also some people request those to be mixed up and rolled into a wrap (either a pita or a tortilla)Www@FoodAQ@Com

Rice is such a blank canvass, that is why I alway add a little bit of ground garlic!. Add some sauteed onions and tomatoes on top, as it inishes cooking and that makes it nice!. How about some veggies near it's cooking end!? you can also add chicken stock, veggie stock, you can add turmeric, curry, coconut milk(cream) and then add beans, make an omellet and add that, add little pieces of stuff you like ala fried rice!.!.!.which reminds me, always salt your rice and add olive oil or some king of healthy oil like that!.!.!.sauteed onions always help!.!.*teach yourself how to make excellent rice (practice) and you wont even need any extras!.

*wash the rice three times, gently, put your index finger on the top of the rice bed, add water up to your middle joint (from the rice top), let it boil at almost high heat until you see volcanos and there is no moisture gurgling from the bottom (or burning, get to know your burner), then turn off all heat and put the lid on, don't look at it for 15 minutes!. What about paella, or rissotto, or adding sliced olives, or scrambled egg, or green onions, or hash browned potatoes, or chile pepper!! or mushrooms and onions!.!.!.!.that's all I got for now!. Thanks for asking! I chack out web-sites such as cooks!.com when I want some help too!.!.!.it helps with measurements to follow recipes, especially with rice which is so delicate, in that it can turn out really bad, if proper care is not taken!.

Edit: yes, brown rice is better, so double the amount of water by a "knuckle" You will not fail from lack of recipes but try my method for making good white rice!.!.!.I learned about it from a former prison inmate who is a gourmand!. Everyone should learn to make good rice! and eat it!Www@FoodAQ@Com

You can turn it into broccoli, cheese & rice casserole!.
You can turn it into a chicken, cream of mushroom soup casserole!.
You can add a can of mixed veggies + some crushed tomatoes to it!.
Or, you can make it sweet by adding some cinnamon, sugar and milk!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

It's as easy as adding butter, salt, and pepper to liven up some plain rice!. If you haven't made it yet!.!.!.you can always use chicken or beef broth instead of water and add a good pinch of salt!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

sausages, beans, corn, onions, anything
rice goes with most kinds of foods, many variety of rice alsoWww@FoodAQ@Com

put a pat of butter on it!.!.!. heat the cooked rice with the pat of butter in the microwave until butter melts then sprinkle SUGAR on top
ITS SOOOO GOOD!!! I know it sound disgusting but its really good!!Www@FoodAQ@Com

Put some Duck Sauce and/or Teriyaki Sauce on it and add some Shrimp and/or Scallops for simple Asian flavor!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

Add some curry and some raisins, sultans or pineapple for a sort of sweet and sour!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

I like to cook rice in chicken or beef broth for extra flavorWww@FoodAQ@Com

i like adding milk and sugar, yumWww@FoodAQ@Com





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