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How to Turn One Pot of Rice Into a Week of Meals

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What’s not to love about rice? It’s cheap, filling, and endlessly adaptable. A simple batch makes a satisfying base for creamy sauces or bulks up slow-cooked stews. Keep the pot on the stove until the grains break down into thick, velvety porridge, or transform leftovers into crispy and crunchy bites in a wok. Whether you cook jasmine or brown or short-grain or basmati, rice works with dozens of flavors, ready for any ingredient you throw at it.

If you make a batch now (yes, now) rice will help you with dinner all week long. Use it under gravy or over salad, in pilaf or patties or porridge. It’s the perfect compromise between the comforting predictability of meal planning and the creative freedom of making dinner on the fly. Just make a pot, scroll down, and pick your dinner.

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Stir Crazy

Grace Young's Stir-Fried Garlic Eggplant with Pork
Grace Young's Stir-Fried Garlic Eggplant with Pork
Stir-Fried Rice with Leftovers
Stir-Fried Rice with Leftovers
Breakfast Fried Rice

Breakfast Fried Rice by Kathleen | Hapa Nom Nom

My Mom's Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

My Mom's Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry by Joy Huang | The Cooking of Joy

Pack it up

Wild Rice Veggie Sliders with Herbed Ricotta
Wild Rice Veggie Sliders with Herbed Ricotta
Lemongrass-Ginger Patties

Lemongrass-Ginger Patties by Nicholas Day

Tomato-Kale Quiche in Cheesy Rice Crust

Tomato-Kale Quiche in Cheesy Rice Crust by Erin McDowell

Coconut-Turmeric Sticky Rice Pancakes
Coconut-Turmeric Sticky Rice Pancakes

Rice by the Spoonful

Filipino Chicken Porridge (Arroz Caldo)

Filipino Chicken Porridge (Arroz Caldo) by Jacqui MacKenzie

Meaty Cabbage and Rice Stew

Meaty Cabbage and Rice Stew by inpatskitchen

Butternut Squash Brown Rice Porridge
Butternut Squash Brown Rice Porridge
Vegan Cream of Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup

Vegan Cream of Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup by Gena Hamshaw

Brown Rice Jambalaya-ish

Brown Rice Jambalaya-ish by healthierkitchen

Satisfying Salads

Chicken and Rice Salad with Poached Radishes and Nuoc Cham
Chicken and Rice Salad with Poached Radishes and Nuoc Cham
Mighty Salad

Mighty Salad by Ali Slagle

Grape Leaf Pilaf

Grape Leaf Pilaf by Anitalectric

Jessica Koslow's Crispy Brown Rice "Kabbouleh"
Jessica Koslow's Crispy Brown Rice "Kabbouleh"

Rice is nice (as dessert)

Wild Rice and Carrot Tea Bread
Wild Rice and Carrot Tea Bread
Tuscan Rice and Custard Torta (Torta di Riso alla Carrarina)

Tuscan Rice and Custard Torta (Torta di Riso alla Carrarina) by Emiko

Caramel Rice Pudding with Brown Butter and Creme Fraiche

Caramel Rice Pudding with Brown Butter and Creme Fraiche by Merrill Stubbs

What's your weeknight workhorse? Rice? Potatoes? Pasta? Share below.


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