10 healthy rice recipes

From nutty brown rice to fragrant jasmine, rice is a wonderful grain that's quick and easy to prepare and perfect for combining with other ingredients. Whether you prefer a creamy risotto or flavoursome paella, you'll find plenty of recipe inspiration in our pick of the best healthy rice recipes.

Roasted tomato risotto
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Roasted tomato risotto

This simple summer risotto recipe is a perfect vegetarian midweek meal for all the family. Sweet roasted tomatoes and fragrant basil give a bright, fresh flavour to this Italian classic.

  1. Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. In a large pan, heat 1 tbsp oil over a medium heat and gently fry the onion for 5 mins until soft.
  2. Meanwhile, put the quartered tomatoes on a baking tray. Drizzle with 1 tbsp oil, season and roast for 20 mins until tender.
  3. Add the rice to the pan with the onion and stir well for 1 min until coated in oil. Pour over the wine, if using, and bubble for 1 min. Slowly add the stock, a ladle at a time, until almost all the liquid has been absorbed by the rice. Continue until all the stock has been added and the rice is tender. This will take about 20-25 mins.
  4. Stir through the cheese, chopped basil and tomatoes, and season to taste. Scatter with the basil leaves to serve.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

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  • Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 x 230g packs sweet vine-ripened tomatoes, quartered
  • 300g arborio risotto rice
  • 100ml white wine (optional)
  • 1 vegetable stock cube, made up with 1.5ltr hot water
  • 75g vegetarian Italian style hard cheese, grated
  • 30g pack fresh cut basil, finely chopped, reserving a few leaves to serve