Without question, rice is the grain that reigns in the South!
In fact, most folks would say that a meal is never complete without a bit of rice on the side. It’s a versatile and filling food that somehow brings with it a sense of comfort after the first bite. But, preparing a satisfying meal isn’t always an easy task. Between caring for family members, focusing at work, and attempting to have a healthy social life, cooking a well-balanced meal is often the last mission on our mind. And as a result, we end up sitting down at the dinner table with a less than exciting supper. Here’s a tip: something as simple as a bit of rice can save you from that–ahem, boring meal. Whether you’re hoping for a classic dish like red beans and rice, or something as daring as stuffed tomatoes with pesto rice, the treasured grain will surely add a pop of scrumptious Southern flavor to an otherwise lackluster meal.
Shrimp and Pesto-Rice Salad
Recipe: Shrimp and Pesto-Rice Salad
Having a salad for dinner isn’t particularly enthusing, but this recipe is sure to make your taste buds soar. Packed with grilled shrimp, lime zest, and pesto seasoning, Shrimp and Pesto-Rice Salad is an excellent choice for a quick-and-easy dinner.
Slow-Cooker Red Beans and Rice
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Red Beans and Rice
Few meals truly exemplify the flavors of Southern cuisine better than red beans and rice. And, the slow-cooker preparation is simply an added bonus! Smoked turkey sausage, bell pepper, and Creole seasoning perfectly complement the filling rice.
Savannah Red Rice
Recipe: Savannah Red Rice
As far as rice-based dishes go, this recipe takes the cake! Savannah red rice is a significant cuisine on the Georgia coast, and it’s simple to prepare while still showcasing a complex flavor. The smoky bacon and tangy tomatoes will keep you coming back for more.
Stuffed Tomatoes with Pesto Rice
Recipe: Stuffed Tomatoes with Pesto Rice
Some folks are under the impression that rice-based meals have to be dense and heavy, but that’s certainly not the case. Stuffed tomatoes with pesto rice are a beautifully light and tasty dish.
Zucchini Rice Gratin
Recipe: Zucchini Rice Gratin
Fresh, light, and comforting? Yes, please! This zucchini rice gratin recipe incorporates rice in a refreshing and unique way, and it only takes 15 minutes to prepare!
Skillet Sausage 'n' Rice
Recipe: Skillet Sausage 'n' Rice
Skillet sausage ‘n’ rice is a go-to recipe when you’re in a time crunch because it requires very little effort to prepare. The rice in this fiery dish is an explosion of Southern flavor.
Smoked Chicken, Squash, and Rice Soup
We’ve all heard it said that soup is good for the soul, and this culinary concoction is certainly no exception. Smoked chicken, squash, and rice soup is a beautifully warming dish with a rich and savory taste.
Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Casserole with Sausage
This is the ideal dish for someone looking to improvise! You can easily substitute sweet Italian sausage or pork sausage for the chicken. The rich cheese ideally combines with the satisfying rice.
Spiced Chicken with Black-Eyed Peas and Rice
Mama always said to eat your black-eyed peas, and this dish helps us do just that! Nutritious, filling, and rice-packed, it’s a win-win-win!
Collard Green Creole Dirty Rice
Recipe: Collard Green Creole Dirty Rice
It doesn’t get more Southern than a heaping helping of collard greens, and the addition of dirty rice in this recipe is sure to be a hit.