If you are looking for more healthy rice meals to try out then look no further. I have compiled our family favourite healthy rice recipes for you to try out and enjoy.
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Healthy Rice recipes from around the world
Indian rice meals
Rice-based Indian meals
I love one pan dishes like mixed vegetable biryani. There are so many ways you can adapt this one recipe to make the perfect biryani dish for you and your family. Why not give it a go with different vegetables or add meat in. Just ensure it is all thoroughly cooked.
African rice dishes
If you fancy something a little different to the usual Indian why not try one of these African recipes with rice.
I absolutely love Nigerian Jollof rice, have you tried it yet? If you haven’t then you really should it is amazing!
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Malaysian Rice dishes
Italian rice dishes and risotto recipes
Did you know that risotto is Italian? I absolutely love risotto and find them really easy to make. It uses short-grain rice such as arborio or carnaroli.
Check out my risotto tips if this helps you to make the perfect risotto.
Butternut squash risotto is my favourite, sometimes I add red peppers too to make it a little different. Really there are so many adaptions you can make it would be crazy to list them all. Ben loves bacon in risotto!
Have you ever ordered risotto from a restaurant and it has been made with sherry and tastes amazing?
Spanish style rice meals
The Spanish love to make paella using short-grain paella rice. Paella differs from risotto primarily because all the stock is put in with the rice at the same time rather than bit by bit. There are so many different variations however of what makes the perfect paella.
Mexican rice recipes
Chilli can be made vegetarian with beans or a meat substitute like Quorn or with beef as a chilli con Carne. Did you know you can also use turkey mince to make chilli? This easy turkey chilli recipe would go great with rice too.
If you are looking for more of a burrito type dish then Bean and rice burritos is a great way to have a Mexican dish using rice but healthily.
Caribbean rice dishes
Many Caribbean dishes are spicy or fruity, or both. We absolutely love Caribbean rice with jerk chicken. This is a popular meal in Jamaica apparently and so easy to make yourself.
Russian rice recipes
Did you know that the popular dish stroganoff is a Russian dish? I make this lovely Mushroom Stroganoff and serve it with boiled rice and would highly recommend it.
Other dishes with rice
Rice is the perfect addition to any kebabs. Whether you make skewers with chicken, vegetables and marinated with a sauce or spices or a doner kebab rice would be a perfect addition.
Pilaf is a rice dish that does not seem to have a specific origin that is confirmed but appears to be likely to be Turkey. Asparagus pilaf is very easy to make and perfect on a budget.
Have you ever stuffed vegetables with a rice mixture for a tasty meal? I have done stuffed giant marrow before, it was huge and barely fit in the oven! More frequently than that experiment though I make stuffed peppers. There are such a variety of things you can stuff them with but this stuffed peppers recipe with rice inside is delicious. You can even make stuffed peppers in the slow cooker!
Have you considered Teriyaki beef? I saw this recipe on a fellow bloggers site and can’t wait to try it with Quorn.
Have you ever had cauliflower rice as an alternative to the usual rice? It is really easy to make simply grating the head of cauliflower and microwaving for a couple of minutes. Alternatively, stir-frying lightly does the trick too.
I would recommend making your own as it is usually much cheaper than buying it! Additionally, if you do buy it, check the ingredients as some of the prepared ones contain oil and as such are less healthy.
If you love rice but get a little bored of it or perhaps have run out. Have you considered cauliflower rice? It is really simple to make by grating cauliflower and then either briefly microwaving or frying until hot.
It doesn’t have that much flavour but I like to make pilau cauliflower rice which is great and has so much flavour.
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Do you ever just have a cupboard of tins, some rice and some vegetables and wonder what you can make? Mushy pea curry is our go-to meal in that situation. It really can include most things you need to use up and is pretty cheap and tasty at the same time!
Alternatives to rice
I have already mentioned cauliflower rice but other possible alternatives that work well instead of boiled rice are quinoa, couscous or bulgur wheat. Why not give them a try sometime?
Easy buys for great curry
Do you cook your rice or use the frozen microwave packs? If you are someone who struggles to make rice why not check out my foolproof rice guide?
If you really just can’t master it why not buy a rice cooker?
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Slimming World Rice information
On Slimming World all dry rice grains are syn free. They only become synned if you cook them with an ingredient that has syns. This includes oil remember so don’t be using that if you don’t need to.
Packet rice is generally synned on Slimming World as usually contains ingredients that are not syn free. Check each packet yourself before buying or using it so you do not get caught out.
If you are doing a few Slimming World SP days, which are low carb days for those who do not follow the plan then you can not have rice on it. If you have rice in any form then it is not a truly SP day.
This of course does not mean you will explode or gain a stone in weight. What it does mean though is you won’t get the weight loss you would have if you followed their plan to the letter. Of course, the choice is yours.
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