Cooking with rice is an excellent way to stretch your food dollars. At only four cents per serving, using rice will help you prepare economical dishes that are still delicious and nutritious. Rice is free of cholesterol, fat, and sodium and is the perfect choice for quick to fix recipes at any meal.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Guide Pyramid shows you what to choose, and how much to eat from each food group to get the nutrients you need without excess calories, fat, cholesterol, sugar, or sodium.
The largest portion of your diet should come from the group at the base of the pyramid; rice, bread, cereal and pasta group — 6 to 11 servings a day. These complex carbohydrate foods are low in calories and fat and are an important source of energy.