Rice keeps well so it makes a perfect item to keep on hand. You can keep a few different types of rice in your pantry and you will always have the base for a good meal. For example, you can make Spanish Rice, Shrimp Fried Rice or a risotto. All of these are great one pan meals and require only a few fresh ingredients. Rice does, of course, make a great side dish especially with those recipes that have a lot of sauce or gravy.
What types should you keep on hand?
First off, the classifications for rice are short, medium and long grain. Long grain rice are of the subspecies Indica, while the shorter are Japonica. Smart Ingredients: Rice »
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A great one pan meal that has it all: rich, savory, umami flavors with sweet and spicy paprika. The best part is that with the onions, beans, and mushrooms there's a lot of added fiber and this makes a HUGE serving – almost too much to eat.
Most of the risottos that are on the Dr. Gourmet web site are created as single pan meals and have some meat and veggies along with the rice. They are not completely traditional because in Italy risotto is generally served as an appetizer course. On the other hand, in Spain paellas are complete meals and that's generally what I prefer to make. They are great because they are single pan, take about 30 minutes and most of the ingredients are those I always have on hand: Arborio rice, onions, olive oil, Parmigiano-Reggiano... I only need a few other things like some chicken or shrimp to make the meal.
This dish is a super simple version of risotto and is a perfect side dish. Serve it under a piece of broiled or grilled fish, a simple steak or pork chop. Add a veg and you are good to go. For example, one of my favorite meals is roasted salmon topped with pesto and served with simple roasted cherry tomatoes.
While this is called Cauliflower Pie, it is really very much like a crustless quiche. The best part of this dish is that it keeps really well and is actually tastier cold (in my opinion). Serve it any time of day: breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
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