Leftover cooked rice is a terrific building block for last-minute dinners. You can turn it into a main-course salad, add it to a filling for burritos, make fried rice or combine it with some pantry staples and stuff it into peppers as I have done here.
One cup of uncooked rice yields three cups of cooked rice, plenty for a family of four. Double the quantity next time you make rice and you’re almost ready for another meal.
If you love rice as much as I do, you might be interested in buying an automatic rice cooker. It is one of my favorite kitchen appliances because it needs no watching. Add rice, water and salt, and in 20 minutes you have fluffy steamed rice--nothing sticks or boils over, and the rice stays warm until serving time.
Diane Morgan is author of “The Thanksgiving Table: Recipes and Ideas to Create Your Own Holiday Tradition,” (Chronicle Books, $18.95).