source: Tiffany Marie Tran
source: Tiffany Marie Tran
source: Tiffany Marie Tran
source: Tiffany Marie Tran

3 Flavorful Rice Recipes You Need To Try

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Calling all fried rice lovers! Ever wanted to indulge in a steaming bowl of fried rice, without consuming all that oil and sodium? I know I have. That's why I’ve come up with three mouth-watering rice recipes that serve as healthy alternatives to the greasy, fast-food-chain fried rice. The minimal use of olive oil and omission of added salts is what makes these recipes a healthier alternative. While these recipes may contain less sodium, they are still packed with tons of flavor -- and that’s coming from a rice aficionado! Whether you like a kick of spice or a comforting curry taste, one of these rice bowls will surely satisfy your palate. And since rice contains mostly carbohydrates, make sure to complement your rice bowls with healthy sources of proteins and vegetables. Keep scrolling for a step-by-step guide on making my three favorite low-sodium rice dishes.  

1. Kimchi Rice 

 
This rice bowl is my all-time favorite. The rice and kimchi beautifully combine into a creamy, tangy sensation. The kimchi flavor is also not too strong. I find that raw kimchi’s vinegar aroma can be too overpowering to eat on its own, but it works perfectly as a rice flavoring.

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup onion, sliced
  • ¼ cup kimchi, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ cup of rice, cooked
  • Sesame seeds and seaweed for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Warm the olive oil in a medium pan, under low heat.
  2. Add onion. Saute for about 30 seconds. 
  3. Add garlic. Continue to saute until the garlic is a light golden-brown
  4. Add kimchi. Saute for about 30 seconds. Make sure the kimchi mixture does not dry up.
  5. Add in the rice. Continue to saute until all the ingredients are well combined.
  6. Turn off heat. Serve the rice in a bowl, with a dash of sesame seeds and seaweed for garnish. Enjoy!

2. Garlic Rice 

 
For those with a slightly less adventurous palate, garlic rice is a simple and delicious option. To create an easy lunch, I serve this rice with a tomato omelette. 

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ cup of rice, cooked
  • Dried parsley flakes to taste (optional)

Directions

  1. Warm the olive oil in a medium pan, under low heat. 
  2. Add garlic to the pan. Saute until the garlic is a light golden brown.
  3. Add in the rice. Continue to saute until all the ingredients are well-combined.
  4. Turn off the heat. Serve the rice in a bowl, with a dash of dried parsley flakes to taste. Enjoy!

3. Curry Rice 

 
Curry rice is great comfort food. One bite of this warms my entire body, while the walnuts and raisins add some zing. 

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 ½ cup of rice, cooked
  • 1 tablespoon raisin
  • 1 tablespoon walnuts
  • Dried parsley flakes to taste (optional)

Directions

  1. Warm the olive oil in a medium pan, under low heat. 
  2. Add garlic to the pan. Saute until the garlic is a light golden brown.
  3. Add curry powder to the pan, creating a curry sauce. Saute for about 10 seconds. 
  4. Quickly add the rice. Continue to saute until the ingredients are well-combined. All the rice grains should be yellow.
  5. Add the walnuts and raisins. Saute until combined.
  6. Turn off the heat. Serve the rice in a bowl, with a dash to dried parsley flakes to taste. Enjoy!

 Which rice bowl are you going to try first? Let us know in the comments below!

Tiffany Marie Tran is currently a high school senior in San Jose, CA. She loves the challenge of writing: her poetry is in the Articulation is Power anthology, and she writes monthly activism articles as the Editor-In-Chief of Youth Art Magazine. Hoping to become a political journalist, she spends her time preparing for policy debate tournaments, organizing community events as a city council intern, and participating in the Santa Clara Office of Women's Policy Girls Advisory Team. To stay healthy during a busy week, Tiffany Marie enjoys figure skating or gardening.