Loaded with fresh herbs, crispy bacon, and aromatic Jasmine Brown Rice, Bacon Tomato Rice can be served as either a side or as a light meal.
Prepare rice according to package directions; let cool completely. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
Meanwhile, in large wok or skillet set over medium heat, cook bacon for 8 to 10 minutes or until starting to crisp around edges. Stir in green onions, cumin and coriander; cook for 1 minute.
Increase heat to medium-high heat. Stir in rice; cook for 4 to 6 minutes or until rice is slightly warmed.
Stir in soy sauce; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes; cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes or until rice and vegetables are heated through. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with cilantro.
Top with crumbled queso fresco or feta cheese if desired.
After learning how to make white rice, don’t forget to explore other varieties. In fact, make a little extra! Whether you meal prep or repurposing, there are various ways to enjoy leftovers. Not only will you reduce waste, but you will also have convenient meals that are anything but boring. So, if you still have more rice in the fridge, try one of the many tricks used around the world to breathe new life into refrigerated rice.
– Asia: While it may have originated in China, fried rice has certainly made its way around the world. Alternatively, Japanese onigiri shapes extra rice into bite-sized snacks. Take the concept one step further by pan-searing these packed rice patties – crispy Yaki Onigiri are great appetizers!
– Europe: Italians know not to waste any melt-in-your-mouth velvety Arborio Medium Grain Rice – enter tasty, deep fried arancini!
– South America: Peruvian Tacu Tacu is another – yet entirely different – fried option that uses both leftover rice and beans!
– Africa: Nothing says comfort food like a big bowl of robust stew! Packed with savory beef, aromatic grains, and – well – everything but the Kitchen Sink Soup, a stew is a simple way to not only use refrigerated rice, but also any leftovers in general.
And these are just to name a few; the possibilities are endless! Some devout dessert fans will swear that cooked and chilled rice makes for the best rice pudding. In fact, you may end up making extra rice just so you discover new plates.
You can still enjoy all of the flavors of the dish, even if you don’t have any cherry tomatoes handy. Chances are you have a can of tomato sauce or diced tomatoes stored away in the pantry, and while it will undoubtedly change the color and texture of the dish, you can still enjoy a bowl packed with Mediterranean ingredients.