In nearly every kitchen around the globe, rice is a staple. The healthy and affordable grain is available in many varieties, like aromatic basmati, nutty jasmine, fibre-rich whole grain, and easy-to-cook parboiled rice. Plus, it’s packed with 15 essential vitamins and minerals including folic acid, B vitamins, potassium, magnesium, selenium, fibre, iron, and zinc. Canadians can turn to rice for an assortment of dishes, including casseroles, stir-frys, salads, and even desserts. Here are seven delectable recipes to make this fall with U.S.-grown rice (considered the most sustainably produced rice in the world), from a creative take on a tuna poke burger to a Mexican twist on a classic French dessert.
Caramelized Onion Risotto
The foundation of any risotto is arborio rice, and this risotto recipe combines the hearty grain with tangy goat cheese, sweet caramelized onions, umami-rich Parmesan, and a drizzle of honey for a satisfying main. The unique combination of ingredients is sure to surprise and please your taste buds. The best part? This recipe is easy enough to make any night of the week, yet impressive enough that you could serve it at your next dinner party.
Rice Tuna Burger
What happens when you turn a poke bowl into a sandwich? This fun and nutritious burger from Chef Keith Pears, that’s what. Marinated, seasoned tuna and sliced avocado are layered on a bun made from U.S. short-grain rice for a fresh, flavour-packed burger that also happens to be gluten-free. “I place a high importance on using locally sourced ingredients,” says Chef Pears. “To know exactly where your products come from tells a beautiful story – it’s often fresher, more sustainable, and an easy way to improve the quality of your food. U.S.-grown rice isas local as rice can get in Canada, making it an easy choice for me to serve my guests.”
Hakka Chicken Fried Rice
When it comes to chicken and rice recipes, this dish inspired by Hakka Chinese cuisine is sure to become a new favourite. A spicier take on the fried rice you’ve had at Chinese restaurants, it works as both a side or a main. The recipe calls for U.S.-grown basmati rice, but depending on your palate, you can swap it for long-grain white rice, jasmine rice, or whole-grain brown rice.
This U.S.-grown basmati rice recipe fits the bill for a quick and healthy vegetarian meal. A combination of lentils, crispy onions, and warming spices, mujadara has been a staple of Middle Eastern cuisine since the 13th century. This one’s ready in only 40 minutes and you can serve it with plain Greek yogurt and a chopped salad for family weeknight dinners, plus enjoy leftovers for lunch the next day.
Horchata Crème Brûlée
Inspired by the classic Mexican horchata drink that’s made with rice, Chef Erica Karbelnik’s horchata crème brûlée is creamy and sweet with a hint of cinnamon spiciness. To begin, she opts for fragrant U.S.-grown jasmine rice in her horchata and then uses the silky beverage to create a drool-worthy dessert. “Coming from a Moroccan/Israeli background, rice is a staple in our household – similar to many cultures!” Chef Karbelnik says. “We make many dishes with different types of rice, but my favourite way to cook with rice is unexpected: I love using it as a thickening agent in desserts such as custards and puddings.”
Sweet and Sour Shrimp and Tofu
Skip the takeout by adding this rice bowl to your weekly rotation. Cook your protein and vegetables together in a wok with homemade sweet and sour sauce, then serve it over steamed U.S.-grown whole-grain rice, jasmine rice, or white rice.
Sweet Curry Drumsticks with Basmati Pilaf
Looking for a dish the whole family will love? Try these kid-friendly, sticky-sweet drumsticks served with a golden basmati rice pilaf. The pilaf comes together easily on the stovetop while the chicken roasts in the oven. It’s already a nutritious, delicious meal, but you can turn it into a high-fibre feast by using U.S.-grown brown basmati rice instead.
Learn more about U.S.-grown rice and discover new recipes to fall in love with at riceinfo.com.