7 Ways to Use Leftover Rice


Y’all know the way I’m about leftovers. I attempt to use them every time and wherever I can as a result of meals waste is one the the greatest areas the place you may recapture a few of your meals funds. While rice is likely one of the least costly substances in my arsenal, I discover that it’s very easy to unintentionally make an excessive amount of and have the leftovers get misplaced within the fridge, solely to finish up within the rubbish per week later. Making a acutely aware effort to maintain monitor of and use leftovers can have a huge effect in your funds. So, this week once I noticed some leftover rice in my fridge and I began brainstorming to provide you with these 7 methods to make use of leftover rice. Hopefully this shall be useful to you!

7 Ways to Use Leftover Rice

Fried Rice and Stir Fry – Leftover or day-old rice is definitely supreme for making fried rice as a result of the grains are barely extra agency and fewer more likely to get sticky and gummy when stirred in with sauce or different substances. So, toss no matter greens you may have in your fridge or freezer right into a skillet, a scrambled egg, add your leftover rice, and drizzle them with a scrumptious sauce. Dinner is DONE.  Try Shrimp Fried Rice with Pineapple and Toasted Coconut. You also can add rice to conventional stir fries. Use it both as a mattress for the stir fry or mix it proper within the skillet to make a fried rice/stir fry hybrid. Try including rice to Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry or use it as a mattress for stir fry like these Hoisin Stir Fry Bowls with Spicy Peanut Sauce.

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Bowl Meals – Breakfast bowls are my jam, however “bowl meals” are literally nice any time of the day. Here’s the thought: seize no matter protein, vegetable, and sauce you may have within the fridge and pile them on high of a bowl of rice. Heat, eat, and be completely satisfied. They’re so quick and simple and you may make “one offs” to accommodate no matter leftovers you may have readily available. At least 50% of my meals comply with this format. Some of my favorites embody: Poor Man’s Burrito Bowls, Pineapple Sriracha Breakfast Bowls, Spicy Tuna Guacamole Bowls, Sweet and Spicy Chicken Bowls, and Bibimbap. 

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Soups and Stews – Okay, this one is just not going to be information for anybody dwelling in Louisiana as a result of we add rice to the whole lot, however I’m positive there are lots of people on the market who don’t know the way a lot a easy scoop of cooked rice can add to a bowl of soup or stew. If you don’t have a pleasant loaf of crusty bread to dip in your soup, add a scoop of rice as an alternative! This is excellent for when you may have only a small quantity of rice that must be used. Try including scoop of cooked rice to Golden Coconut Lentil Soup, African Peanut Stew, 30 Minute Posole, Slow cooker Black Bean Stew, Weeknight Black Bean Chili, or Mexican Red Lentil Stew.

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Casseroles and Skillet Meals – Similar to fried rice, day previous rice is definitely supreme for casseroles and skillet meals. The grains are barely dryer and extra agency, permitting them to combine simply with different substances and take up additional liquid and taste. So, flip final evening’s leftovers into a complete new meal with a comforting casserole, or fast skillet meal. Try Broccoli Cheddar Casserole, Beef Burrito Casserole, Southwest Chicken Skillet, or Cheesy Chicken and Vegetable Rice Casserole. 

Thai Turkey Meatloaf

Meatloaf and Meatballs – Leftover rice makes an ideal addition to each meatloaf and meatballs and absorbs extra moisture in the identical approach that breadcrumbs can! This is a superb different for these with sensitivities to wheat. You might have to mess around with the proportions because it most likely received’t be a 1:1 substitution for bread crumbs. Try Thai Turkey Meatloaf.

Rice Pancakes

Rice Pancakes – Okay, I haven’t made this one in ages, as you may most likely inform by the pictures, however it’s nonetheless one in every of my favourite methods to make use of up leftover rice. Simply combine your rice with an egg to carry the whole lot collectively and some yummy flavorings like cinnamon and vanilla, then cook dinner them in a skillet. Now that I’m fascinated by it, I guess these can be actually superior cooked in a waffle iron, too! Try Rice Pancakes. 

Frozen Rice

Freeze it – And if all else fails and also you simply can’t discover a direct use to your leftover rice, remember to pack it up and freeze it for later use. Having single parts of cooked rice stashed within the freezer makes final minute meals (like these bowl meals!) very easy. A fast microwave and also you’re in your approach. Check out How to Freeze Rice.

Of course these aren’t the solely methods to make use of up leftover rice, however they’re seven of my favourite strategies. Share your favourite approach to make use of up your leftover rice with the remainder of us by leaving a remark beneath!