30 Healthy Rice Recipes from Dietitians

This post is brought to you in partnership with the USA Rice Federation and Zojirushi. Thanks for supporting foods and brands I love and use!

Guys, is there any better way to Celebrate National Rice Month than with a month’s worth of healthy rice recipes AND a Zojirushi rice cooker giveaway? I think not.

Here’s the scoop:

I asked my registered dietitian food blogging friends and colleagues for their best healthy rice recipes, so you know these recipes aren’t just tasty and satisfying, they’re all dietitian-approved.


I’m giving one lucky reader a Zojirushi rice cooker just like the one I have, to make your life and your belly a little bit happier. Trust me, it’s a game-changer in the kitchen.

If you like rice (and really, who doesn’t?) you’ll LOVE this appliance. It cooks up to 5.5 cups of rice, and it’s fitted with all of the bells and whistles. It guarantees a perfect pot of rice every time because it has settings for various types of rice (including sprouted rice), a set-it-and-forget-it timer, and a warming function (great for when you want to prep dinner early and eat later). It also has a handy steamer tray, so you can steam veggies or fish while your rice cooks – nothing better than a one-pot meal!

It’s valued at up to $150, but it could be yours for FREE if you:

  • you leave a comment on this post telling me what rice recipe you would use it to make
  • join my email list
  • share this post on Facebook
  • follow @CravingSomethingHealthy, @think_rice, and @ZojirushiAmerica on Instagram
  • OR do them all and get a total of 7 entries!

This is a quick contest to celebrate National Rice Month in September. The winner will be notified by October 2, 2020, so don’t wait!

Read on for 30 healthy rice recipes for every meal of the day, some facts about U.S.-grown rice, and for your contest entries.

bowl of roasted Vegetable and Wild Rice Soup - healthy rice recipes

Did You Know: Rice is gluten-free and the least allergenic of all grains? It’s also sodium, cholesterol, and GMO-free.

Pan and two bowls of Breakfast pork fried rice - healthy rice recipes

Nutrition Fact: Rice has about 100 calories per half-cup cooked serving. It also provides complex carbs and more than 15 vitamins and minerals.

healthy rice recipes

FYI: Rice is grown in California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas.

Healthy rice recipes - two bowls of turmeric rice with vegetables

Healthy rice recipes - pan of Greek rice with tomatoes

Chicken Berry Brown Rice Bowls- healthy rice recipe

Fun Fact: Wild rice isn’t technically rice. It’s a semi-aquatic grass native to North America!

I really love the high-quality and huge range of varieties of rice that’s grown in the U.S. It’s also nice to know that when I buy U.S-grown rice, I’m supporting the farmers here.

Next time you’re stocking up on rice, look for U.S.-grown rice!

Fill Out The Entry Form below for your entries!

  • Leave a comment below and let me know what healthy rice recipes you would make with your new Zojirushi rice cooker
  • Share this post on Facebook and follow @CravingSomethingHealthy
  • Follow @CravingSomethingHealthy, @think_rice, and @ZojirushiAmerica on Instagram
  • Sign up for my email list

The winner will be notified by email so make sure you leave your email when you enter (I promise not to spam you!)

This Contest is Over!

Good luck, and Eat well!


  1. I miss my old rice cooker, but it wasn’t this fancy! I do love my Zojirushi bread machine, though! I would make a full on Korean feast with bulgogi, banchan and lots of kimchi!

    1. Craving Something Healthy says:

      I never realized what a convenience it was! And that Korean feast sounds delicious! Gook Luck!

  2. An Iowa favorite, rice and raisins served warm with milk.

    1. Craving Something Healthy says:

      That sounds like the most perfect comfort food! Good luck!

  3. Christine says:

    There’s so much I could make with a rice cooker! I’d try my hand at making biryani, then I’d make a classic – chicken rice.

    1. Craving Something Healthy says:

      Yum to both! Good luck!!

  4. Honestly, I would to cook all of the things, in the best rice cooker #zojirushi #noricenolife my favorite being curry rice

  5. I would like to make a vietnamese rice pudding with this rice cooker. It has glutinous rice, black eyed beans, and coconut cream!

    1. Craving Something Healthy says:

      Wow! That sounds amazing! Good luck!

      1. Hi. I left a comment on this post for an entry, but its not letting me get that entry. I tried it on phone and on computer… I hope I’ll get that extra entry..

      2. Craving Something Healthy says:

        Oh I’m so sorry Clara! I’ll add your email and make sure you get all of the bonus entries too. Thanks for letting me know!

  6. I would definitely make some authentic Chinese beef fried rice! ❤️

  7. I am so excited to try the butternut squash risotto this Fall! The color is so pretty and inviting!

  8. I would make curry rice!

  9. Chicken hainan and Japanese michellin recipe

  10. Jacqueline Elias says:

    I would like to cook my favorite chicken hainan rice with this rice cooker.

    1. Craving Something Healthy says:

      oooh I would love that recipe! Good luck!

  11. Haley Raynor says:

    that butternut squash risotto sounds amazing! I’d love to test it out in this rice cooker 🙂

  12. Fadiana Mendoza says:

    With the rice maker I would definitely try to make some cheesy broccoli rice! It’s a recipe I love for macaroni and soup but would love to try with rice! Talk about college comfort food!

  13. The ginger curry rice bowl sounds amazing, I’d make that if I won the rice cooker!!

  14. As it starts to cool off in this part of the world, I start jonesing for rice. I’ve heard these rice cookers are marvelous! We’d be eating a lot more donburi-type dishes. The picture of the Vegetarian Greek Rice Casserole above caught my attention!

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