Rice Pilaf

Rice Pilaf @yourhomebasedmom

Rice Pilaf is a go to side dish at our house.  We serve it with everything! Today’s recipe is a Wilkes family classic.  This recipe has been made hundreds of times at our house.  It is probably the side dish I make the most. Because I am not a potato eater we eat a lot of rice at our house.  I have lots of different rice pilaf recipes but I have to say that this one is our absolute favorite.  I always double the recipe because my kids love it [Continue Reading…]

Lime Cilantro Rice

Lime cilantro rice

I make lime cilantro rice about once a week. We love it and it is pretty much my go to rice especially with any Mexican dish. I shared this recipe on the blog back in 2008 along with a recipe for Parsley Chicken (which is really good if you haven’t tried it). The recipe for lime cilantro rice is hidden at the end of that post. I have decided that it is totally worthy of it’s own post -it no longer has to share with Parsley Chicken! This recipe for [Continue Reading…]

Coconut Lime Rice Quinoa Salad & $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

Coconut Lime Quinoa Rice Salad

We are big rice eaters here at our house. Because I don’t eat potatoes, or very few, we eat a lot of rice. I am always looking for fun new ways to dress it up. We are also big fans of quinoa. When RiceSelect™ sent some of their new Royal Blend® rice blends I couldn’t wait to check them out. One of the blends is combined with quinoa so I decided that was the one. I think a lot of people are still a little scared of quinoa . They [Continue Reading…]

Tex-Mex Chicken Fajita Bowls}Kraft Recipe Makers &1,000 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!!

Chicken Fajita Bowl

We are big into “bowls” at our house. Layering all kinds of yummy ingredients into one bowl for a meal.This time I used one of my favorite kitchen helpers – Kraft Recipe Makers. I have shared how much I love them here and here before. I am still just as much in love with this fun new product from Kraft as I was before. Kraft Recipe Makers makes dinner time not only easy but makes it delicious using fresh ingredients. I love how they break it down into a formula. [Continue Reading…]

Spanish Rice and Sausage Skillet Dinner – Ready in 20 minutes!

spanish rice and sausage skillet

I love a recipe that can be done in one pan. Not only does it make for a quick and easy dinner but doing the dishes is quick and easy too!  Besides that I am always looking for excuses to cook in my cast iron skillet.  I don’t know what it is about that thing but I think food taste better that’s been cooked in it!! Because one of my girls is allergic to red meat I am always on the look out for alternatives. I have discovered that Johnsonville [Continue Reading…]

Cashew Nut Rice

Cashew Nut RIce

This cashew nut rice is a fun dressed rice dish.  Lots of great color and texture. Once a month we have a potluck dinner with a group of our friends who are also recent empty nesters.  We do it on Monday night – the night we reserve for spending with our family.  Since none of us have kids at home anymore it is fun to spend it together.  It doesn’t seem quite so lonely that way.  We take turns hosting at our homes and the host prepares the main dish [Continue Reading…]

Nutty Brown Rice

Brown RIce

Because I am basically a non-potato eater, we eat a lot of rice at our house.  In the last few years I have developed a love for brown rice.  I love the nutty flavor, the crunchy texture and the fact that it is healthier for you than regular white rice.  Brown rice also has a lower glycemic value which is a good thing. Brown rice  is not processed as much therefore preserving more of the nutritional value. The only downside to brown rice is that it takes longer to cook [Continue Reading…]

Fried Rice

Restaurant Style Fried Rice

This fried rice is just like you would order at your favorite Chinese restaurant. I am not a huge leftover fan but fortunately my husband is. I don’t mind eating the same thing twice if I can disguise it in another form. Fried rice is one of those recipes that allows you to use up your leftovers but you don’t feel like you are eating leftovers! Remember that yummy Chicken & Rice Soup. A great way to use up leftover rice and chicken and not feel like you are eating leftovers! [Continue Reading…]

Quick Chicken and Rice Soup


In my ongoing efforts to please, today’s recipe is per your requests for quick and easy dinner ideas.  Especially ones that are easy to pull together after a long day of running kids to ball games, practices etc. Here in the NW, those ball games and practices are pretty cold and wet this time of year.  For me, on days like that, nothing tastes better for dinner than a warm bowl of soup. The best part about soup is that it can be made ahead of time and then just [Continue Reading…]