From sensational sushi stacks to one pan Mexican meals and all the tasty quick fixes in between,  we’ve got ALL the delicious rice-based dinners right here with these rice recipes!

Don’t think being ‘budget savvy’ with the groceries means boring dinners. Nope! Here’s 10 ways to use a bag of rice (and a heap of pantry and fridge staples) to turn out a fabulous meal in no time. Yum!

Armed with your favourite rice (basmati? jasmine? maybe a rebel who loves the long grain?) let’s get ready to rock the rice wagon.

10 delicious meals all starting from a humble bag of rice:

1. Fried Rice

If ever there was a rice dinner the kids will wolf down in no time, fried rice has to be it. Throw in some diced bacon, shredded chicken or prawns and it’s a complete meal. Yum!

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2. Spicy Tuna Sushi Stack

If you love sushi but your sushi rolling game is kind of crap, don’t despair. Deconstructed sushi is all the rage. You can whip up a delicious spicy tuna sushi stack or sushi bowl in no time.

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3. Chicken Rice Soup

Whoever said soup wasn’t a meal, hasn’t tried this hearty chicken rice soup. Delicious and nutritious (packed with veggies), it’ll have you coming back for seconds, for sure!

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4. Creamy Vanilla Rice Pudding

Rice can totally be a dessert! Creamy vanilla rice pudding is a blast from the past style dessert which is still as delicious today as what I remember it being in the 80s!

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5. Mexican Rice

The perfect side dish for any Mexican feast, Mexican rice is on the table in just 30 minutes!

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6. Thai Coconut Curry Rice

All your favourite Thai flavours in a bowl of rice? Yes you can! Try a bowl of Thai coconut curry rice this week!

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7. Baked Arancini Balls

Turn your risotto into amazing arancini balls. Rolled in breadcrumbs and baked in the oven, they’re sure to become a family favourite.

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8. Cheddar Broccoli Rice Patties

Take your rice and form a patty. A RICE PATTY. Cheddar broccoli rice patties are perfect for lunch or dinner – cheesy AND full of broccoli – #winning.

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9. Chicken Enchilada Rice

Feeling like all things Mexican but looking for a one pot wonder? Chicken enchilada rice ticks all the boxes AND it uses mostly pantry staples you have on hand. Too EASY!rice recipes

10. Sun-Dried Tomato and Vegetable Risotto

Get in my belly! Sun-dried tomato and vegetable risotto can bubble away gently in the lead up to dinner. Creamy and packed with delicious flavour, you can be sure this will become a new regular weeknight dinner.

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That’s your bag of rice sorted! For even more dinner ideas, see our 15 Easy Vegetarian Meals to Bring Meatless Monday to Your Table recipe round up!

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South Australian mum and self proclaimed foodie, Lexi can most days be found in the kitchen, apron tied firm and armed with a whisk or wooden spoon!

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