Often dismissed as a “carb”, rice is more nutritionally diverse than that simple moniker suggests. It may be mostly carbohydrate, however rice also contains small amounts of protein, fibre, folate, as well as minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium.
Rice is actually the seed of the rice plant. Before it can be eaten, the outer shell or husk of the seed is removed. This is brown rice. To make white rice, the grain is further processed, to remove the germ and the bran.
It's important to take care with leftover cooked rice, as it can cause food poisoning. Make sure you put your leftovers in the fridge as soon as possible, but definitely within four hours, keep it in the fridge for no longer than 24 hours and only reheat once.
Here are five rice recipes I've spotted on the web:
- I love this Spinach and Rice Gratin from 101 Cookbooks. I've made this on many occasions, tweaking and changing the ingredients according to what was in the fridge. It's a great meal.
- Brilliant rice bowl from 80 Breakfasts. Pumpkin and red onions are roasted and served with rice, together with a herby yoghurt dressing. Gorgeous, simple food.
- This vegetable filled, Japanese style soup from Bitter Sweet Blog. Cooked rice is added close to the end of cooking, to thicken and enrich the soup. Delicious, clean flavours.
- A traditional British dish, kedgeree is a combination of rice, vegetables, eggs and smoked fish. It's such a good, tasty meal. This is Jamie Oliver's version.
- Lovely vegetable heavy chicken fried rice from Martha R Shulman. She uses brown rice and flavours the meal with ginger, chilli, garlic, coriander, lime juice and green shallots.
What's your favourite rice recipe?