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Yo, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want.

I wanna… I wanna… I wanna… I wanna… I wanna really, really, really wanna talk about rice.

It’s boring. Uninspired. But it doesn’t have to be this way. People of the world, you can spice up your rice!

With ginger, with something posh or sporty, or even with something scary (ghost peppers, anyone?).

Alright… time to drop the Spice Girls references and get serious.

Here’s the deal:

Rice is a blank canvas. You can add any ingredients you want to push and pull the flavor profile in any direction, with any style of cooking.

The flavor lives or dies in preparation.

Here are 3 easy ways to prepare first-rate, flavorful rice.

  1. For flavor without the effort (no I’m not about to tell you to slap a chunk of butter on it) snag a bottle of yummy oil. Coconut and sesame oil are two of my personal favorites. Simply add a tablespoon of oil to the water and viola, instant flavor upgrade. Oils pack a powerful punch, so use them sparingly at first.
  2. You don’t have to cook your rice in plain water. Stretch your cooking-chops by boiling your rice in a rich vegetable or chicken stock. It adds a ton of flavor.
  3. Let’s talk seasonings and spices. As a rice connoisseur, I often venture to my local Korean market for rice seasoning, but put just about any spice or seasoning on rice and it will immediately taste better. My current favorite blend is Rice Seasoning from Wasabi Fumi Furikake. If you haven’t had a chance to try it, consider this your homework assignment for the week. It’s life – I mean rice – changing. Don’t feel like running to the store? Look in your cupboards. Odds are you have something just lying around waiting to make you.

See how easy it is to spice up your rice? But don’t just take it from me, Gordon Rock wrote an entire cookbook dedicated to various preparation of rice in recipes. In his words, “[T]here are rice recipes for every season and every situation whether it is dressed to impress in an easy but very presentable risotto or a rice salad that while easy to make is anything but a cold, simple and boring dish.

Now it’s your turn.

Here are a few recipes you can to try right now:

Quick and Easy Coconut Rice

With the words “quick” and “easy” both in the title, this simple recipe from The Woks of Life is a great place to start. It requires only a few household ingredients (with the possible exception of coconut milk) and will leave you feeling like a chef in regular people clothes.

They also have a few recipes for delicious accompanying dishes.

Find it here.

Broth Simmered Rice

Are you ready to take my advice and ditch cooking rice in plain old boring tap water? This broth simmered rice creates a great base for any meal. Mix in snap peas or fried eggs (Did I mention I love eggs?). So many possibilities with this one.

The recipe from Campbell’s is here.

Low Carb Mexican Cauliflower Rice

Last but not least, if you’re ready for a real (and healthy) challenge then try your hand at cauliflower rice. This recipe is both vegan and paleo and proves that you don’t need to sacrifice the taste of your favorite carbs when you cook healthy.

Find the full post from Richa Gupta here.

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