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Rice Side Dish Recipes

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Creamy Lemon Rice

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Lyndsay Wells
This bright rice dish has a creamy texture that's reminiscent of a lemon risotto, but without all the fuss. Keep this one in your back pocket for hosting dinner guests—or a great side any old day! —Lyndsay Wells, Ladysmith, BC
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Lemon Pecan Pilaf

Lemon Pecan Pilaf

Lemon Pecan Pilaf

Grated lemon peel brings delicate flavor to this rice side dish while pecans add a satisfying crunch. Cindie Ekstrand of Duarte, California sent the recipe for this crowd-pleaser that can be quickly prepared. "My sister gave me the recipe," she writes. "It's easy to make and very tasty."

Grandma's Apples and Rice

Grandma's Apples and Rice

Grandma's Apples and Rice

LIKE MOST women of her generation, my husband's grandmother was a "no-measure cook". This recipe of hers suffered as it was handed down, so I made an effort to work out the kinks. Finally, my husband pronounced the results as good as he remembered, and we declared it the "official" recipe. -Joan Kasura, Silver Spring, Maryland

California-Style Spanish Rice

California-Style Spanish Rice

California-Style Spanish Rice

Back in the 1920s, my great-aunt Mable lived with her four children in an old World War I army tent. She had to be creative in her cooking, and this was one dish she relied on.
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Rice with Chilies 'n' Veggies

Rice with Chilies 'n' Veggies

Rice with Chilies 'n' Veggies

I turned to a particular dish when I wanted to use peppers I grew in my garden. I promptly rewrote the recipe to include several other fresh veggies and this was the result. It's a perfect side dish for just about anything. —Kate Selner of Lino Lakes, Minnesota

Spanish Rice with Bacon

Spanish Rice with Bacon

Spanish Rice with Bacon

In Siloam Springs, Arkansas, David Bias adds bacon to this zippy rice dish for a flavorful change of pace. "Being big fans of Mexican food, my family loves this recipe," he shares.

Florentine Rice

Florentine Rice

Florentine Rice

Our Test Kitchen assembled this easy dish with leftover rice. The spinach, red peppers, cheese and pine nuts make it a vibrant accompaniment to any meal.

Red Beans and Rice Mix

Red Beans and Rice Mix

Red Beans and Rice Mix

Since there's food galore during the holidays themselves, I like giving this zippy mix as an after-Christmas present instead. I just slip the containers of seasoning, beans and rice into a decorative paper bag. A recipe card completes the package.

Chili-Cheese Bake

Chili-Cheese Bake

Chili-Cheese Bake

Since my husband's a Navy meteorologist, we've sampled food all over the world. I adapted this recipe from one I was given while we were stationed on the Aleutian Islands. Fresh meat was difficult to obtain in that part of Alaska, so I learned to make many meals featuring grains and legumes instead! We're looking forward to retiring soon to a small farm in central Maine. All three of our children were 4-H leader for 9 years.

Fruited Rice Mix

Fruited Rice Mix

Fruited Rice Mix

The way I came upon this mix is very fitting—a friend gave me a container of it as a gift one Christmas. The next year, I gave it to many friends, all dressed up in decorated mason jars. Every single one asked for the recipe! I learned to cook through trial and error. I've been doing it for 30 years...it's my favorite pastime. My husband and I live on a 50-acre farm, where we breed and race horses. We also raise chickens and lambs. Our six children are grown, and now we're t

Veggie Risotto

Veggie Risotto

Veggie Risotto

Short grain rice is preferred when making this classic Italian dish. Arborio rice is the most widely available short grain rice to use.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Quick Spanish Rice

Quick Spanish Rice

Quick Spanish Rice

We were always glad to see a big bowl of this festive rice on the table. The carrots, peas and tomatoes make it so pretty. This versatile side dish goes great with any meat or Mexican meal. — Jerri Moror, Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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