Orzo Rice is one of our favorite foods here at Copper Canyon and Stanford Grill because it’s affordable, healthful, and filling. But, we admit it can get boring at times so we have to get creative with innovative ways to literally “spice” it up. Sure, you could always pick up boxed rice pilaf from the grocery store, but those are filled with preservatives and unnatural ingredients which we try to avoids at all costs. So, we wanted to share a few simple ideas to jazz up your rice.
The most simple way to fill your orzo with flavor is to use chicken or vegetable stock instead of water to cook your rice. You can also infuse the rice in a number of herbs including saffron, lemon zest, curry, and many more. You can even eat rice to satisfy your sweet tooth! Just add melted butter, cinnamon, and sugar to cooked rice for a heartier, healthier alternative to traditional desserts.
If you are looking for a more out-of-the-box rice idea, try Rice Pilaf with Dried Fruits and Almonds. Prepare any type of pilaf you would like and add dried fruits. We like diced apricots and raisins, but whatever is your favorite or is in season will do. Then, stir in sliced almonds for a filling, delicious, and healthy meal or side!
Do you have any go-to rice recipes? Let us know!