5 Fantastic Ideas to spice up a boring bowl of rice

Personally I’ve never been a fan of rice. It always tasted bland and flavourless. It wasn’t until I met my mother-in-law that I started eating rice. What was the difference. My mother-in-law always made spiced rice. My favourite of course is the Spanish rice, but since then I’ve been trying other variations of spiced rice recipe’s. All these recipe’s can be adjusted to suit vegetarians by removing the fish or meat.

Spanish Rice


Serves 4


  • 1 c. uncooked white rice ( I like to use Basmati Rice)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½  onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp. paprika
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 2 Tomatoes diced
  • 1 (14.5oz) can low sodium chicken broth or 1 cube chicken stock

Saute the garlic, onion and green pepper. When the onion is golden brown, add the tomato, paprika, black pepper and chicken stock. Stir every now and again until the chicken stock has dissolved. Ad the cup of rice and fry together for 2 minutes. Add 2 cups of water and cook the rice as you normally would, until all the water cooked away. Sprinkle with some fresh parsley and serve.

Alternatively you can try this recipe here.

Thai Pineapple Fried rice


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or quality vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 eggs, beaten with a dash of salt
  • 1½ cups chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced
  • ¾ cup chopped green onions (about ½ bunch)
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • ½ cup chopped raw, unsalted cashews
  • 2 cups cooked and chilled brown rice*, preferably long-grain brown jasmine rice
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce or sriracha
  • 1 small lime, halved
  • Salt, to taste
  • Handful of fresh cilantro leaves, torn into little pieces, for garnishing

Full Recipe Here 

Sweet Chilli Salmon Rice 



  • 1 pound salmon filet, cut into chunks
  • a pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 bunch of green onions, sliced into ½ to 1 inche pieces
  • ¼ sweet chili sauce, plus extra for topping if desired
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped cilantro (we love lots of cilantro)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1-2 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 limes, sliced

Full Recipe Here

Tropical Coconut Pineapple Rice



  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked long grained rice rinsed until water runs clear
  • 1 – 20 oz .can crushed pineapple in pineapple juice
  • 1 – 13.5 oz .can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 3 Tbsp sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 Tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice or to taste
  • 1/2 cup salted roasted cashews
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped

Full Recipe Here

Spicy Thai Basil Fried Rice



  • Basmati rice- 2 cups Onions-
  • 2 (sliced) Bell peppers (capsicum)
  • 2 (sliced) Carrots- 2 (chopped) Tomato
  • 1 (chopped) Ginger- 1tsp (grated) Garlic
  • 1tsp (crushed) Red chilli paste
  • 2tsp Soy sauce- 1tsp Sugar
  • 1tsp Basil leaves
  • 1 cup (chopped) Salt
  • as per taste Oil
  • 1tbsp Water- 4 cups

Full Recipe Here




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