I’ve had a rough relationship with rice. As a kid, I never liked it with any topping my parents put on top and I definitely went out of my way to avoid eating it. Today, rice is a different story for me! There are so many creative ways to prepare rice that I didn’t know about as a kid, and neither did my parents. From vegetarian options to creamy alternatives, these rice recipes pair well with chicken, beef or just as a side dish at a potluck party. Next time you make rice, try out one of these creative recipes.

1. Vegetarian Fried Rice

This rice recipe is packed with tons of beneficial veggies that will fill you with nutrients while satisfying those hunger pangs.

2. Vegetarian Mexican Rice

Add a Mexican twist to your rice with the fixin’s of a burrito. Don’t forget to squeeze a little lime on top for that perfect tang at the beginning of each bite.

3. Herbed Wild Rice with Mushrooms

If you add a chicken to this dish, you will have yourself the perfect chicken rice bowl!

4. Three Bean Wild Rice Salad

Needing a quick salad to make for supper at a friend’s house tonight? Packed with protein, this rice salad makes the beans the star of the show along with some great veggies.

5. Simple Veggie Rice

It’s simply delicious.

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6. Parmesan Mushroom Rice

Craving Fettuccine Alfredo but don’t want to make it again? This rice dish is a great healthy alternative to serve alongside a chicken breast and salad.

7. Fiesta Rice Recipe

This colorful dish is not only a great side dish, but the perfect filling for a burrito or taco!

8. Brown Rice with Spinach and Parmesan Cheese

A little spinach will always add some great flavor and texture to your regular rice meal. With parmesan to add a salty kick, this rice dish is anything but average.

9. Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

Add some simple ingredients to make your rice side dish stand out!

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10. Turmeric Coconut Basmati Rice

From a distance it looks like Kraft Dinner, but it’s actually super healthy rice! Turmeric is amazing for your body and tastes fantastic in a rice dish such as this one.

Lindsay Duncan

Lindsay loves cooking fun and creative meals for friends and family. At home, you can find her trying out a new recipe found on Pinterest while trying to balance her husband's sweet tooth with her healthy eating habits. If she's not in the kitchen, you'll find Lindsay photographing people she loves and going out with friends to try the newest restaurant in her small town.

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