I often find myself searching for a side dish, don't you? It seems like it takes all my brain power to come up with the main dish and then I forget there should be a side until I'm almost done with the main dish.
Rice is a great go-to on a busy night. Most people like it and most kids like it (not mine of course, but most). This is a great easy, straight forward recipe that can go with most any meat dish. It's not short on flavor because the rice is cooked in broth but it also leaves room for you to add your own favorites. I think carrots or peas would be great. Mushrooms are yummy. Heck, even if you added the meat right on in it would be a hit!
This could be completely vegetarian if you switched the broth to veggie broth or vegan if you switched out the butter.
Options are great to have aren't they?
From Betty Crocker's Cookbook
2 Tbsp butter
1 small onion, chopped (1/4 Cup)
1 cup uncooked long grain rice
2 cups chicken broth
1/4 tsp salt
Melt the butter in a large saucepan and add the onion. Cook on medium heat for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally until the onion is tender.
Stir in the rice. cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the broth and the salt.
Heat to boiling and then cover and reduce the heat to low and simmer for 16 minutes. Do not lift the lid. Remove from the heat. Leave the cover on and let steam for about 5 minutes.