16 Delicious Rice Meals For Cold Weather Dinner

The cold weather brings a desire for comforting meals, especially ones that are warm and hearty. Rice is a great choice for any night of the week because it’s incredibly versatile, affordable, and easy to prepare. Plus, the portions are often generous enough to feed a crowd and have leftovers for lunch the next day. So, make sure to try one of these satisfying rice recipes tonight.

1. Butternut Rice Casserole

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This plant-based Butternut Rice Casserole is a delicious meal to cozy up with when it’s chilly outside. The combination of rice, butternut squash, carrots, cashew cream, and warm spices comes to a whole new level of creaminess and comfort when baked.

2. Rice Pilaf 

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This rice pilaf recipe makes a wonderful side dish for almost any main course. It’s comforting and filling and goes great with chicken, beef, or fish.

3. Mexican Rice

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This wonderfully simple Mexican Rice recipe is the perfect side dish for Taco Tuesdays, to add to burritos, or just enjoy with a side of beans.

4. Sticky Brown Rice

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Sticky Brown Rice is fantastic for making sushi or even rice balls. It’s a great option for any dish where you need your rice to be stickier.

5. Peanut Butter Chicken

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If you love Thai peanut butter flavors, this is the dish you want. The peanut butter sauce perfectly glazes the chicken, and if you serve it over a bed of rice, it becomes a deliciously filling meal. Peanut Butter Chicken is a dish they’ll definitely want seconds of.

6. Greek Rice Bowl

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This Greek Rice Bowl is easy to put together quickly using leftover rice and a few other ready-to-go ingredients. You can have this on the table in under 10 minutes!

7. Mango Wild Rice Salad

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Not sure what to do with that wild rice in your cabinet? Give this Mango Wild Rice Salad a try. It’s the perfect wild rice salad for summer and has a wonderful sweet and savory combination.

8. Easy Chicken Casserole

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If you can throw a few frozen ingredients and a bottle of barbecue sauce into a casserole dish, this Easy Chicken Casserole going to be one of your easiest meals yet and is sure to become a family favorite.

9. Easy Orange Chicken With Rice

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It’s hard not to love orange chicken. It’s an American favorite that is loved by those ordering takeout. But you can also make it at home. Plus, this Easy Orange Chicken With Rice makes it easy for you to enjoy seconds.

10. Easy Gimbap

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Don’t know what Gimbap is? That’s okay. You’re going to want to try this anyway. It may not look like much, but if you love hot dogs, you’ll enjoy this Korean invention. It’s the easiest meal on the go, thanks to being wrapped up in a sheet of nori. This Easy Gimbap is a very popular recipe with kids. They love it, but so do the adults.

11. Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

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This Asian favorite is super easy to make, and your slow cooker does most of the work. Just set the slow cooker, and then put a pot of rice on the stove. All you have to tend to is the pot of rice because the slow cooker will handle everything else. This Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken is perfectly paired with your favorite rice.

12. Mushroom And Brown Rice Bowl

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If you enjoy a heartier meal, this Mushroom And Brown Rice Bowl is filled with veggies and tons of flavor. This is a great option for either lunch or dinner and is a very versatile recipe. Add just your favorite veggies and omit the ones you don’t like. It’ll still turn out great!

13. Healthy Pork Fried Rice

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Another Asian take-out favorite, pork fried rice is typically anything but filling. You feel full at first, but then you’re hungry an hour later. Enter this Healthy Pork Fried Rice recipe. Not only will you enjoy the amazing flavors, but you’ll actually feel full for a long time after you’ve eaten.

14. Instant Pot Lentils And Rice

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If you love your Instant Pot, this Instant Pot Lentils And Rice is a great way to get dinner on the table fast. It’s got lots of fiber and is a very filling meal, even if you eat it in smaller portions. The flavors are aromatic, and you’ll definitely be going back for seconds.

15. Curry Pineapple Turkey Rice Bowl

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If you need a quick meal on a busy weeknight, this Curry Pineapple Turkey Rice Bowl is a great option. It comes together quickly, has a great sweet and savory combination, and it will keep you full for hours.

16. Spaghetti Rice With Spinach

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If you are a person who likes Meatless Mondays, here’s a fun and easy dish that comes together in minutes. Use some leftover rice to make this even faster. Just four ingredients, a quick warm-up in the pot, and this Spaghetti Rice With Spinach is ready to go.

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Healthy Ground Turkey Dinner Ideas That Actually Taste Good

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Lean ground turkey is a great replacement for ground beef if you are working on your health. Here, we give you 17 Meals with ground turkey that are surprisingly good for you.

While You’re Cooking, Prep Breakfast For Tomorrow Too. It Only Takes 5 Minutes!

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Prepping overnight oats the night before is a fantastic way to ensure that your morning runs smoothly. These delicious oatmeal recipes are prepped in just 5 minutes. In fact, you can even make homemade oatmeal packets with these recipes so all you have to do is grab a packet and get it in the fridge.

This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

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