Rice can be used in a variety of ways - from side dishes to desserts. The following tips are provided by Riviana Foods, makers of Success Rice and Success Brown Rice.

SIDE DISHES- Add slivered almonds and raisins to cooked white rice for color and flavor. Lemon and dill is another flavor combination.

- Combine dry salad dressing, Italian seasoning or soy sauce with brown rice to add flavor, but not calories.

- For an easy side dish, toss white rice with sour cream and chives, yogurt, teriyaki sauce, lemon and dill, or Parmesan cheese and peas.

- For Spanish rice, add picante sauce and chopped olives to white rice.

SALADS

- For Italian salad, combine pepperoni, artichoke hearts, mozzarella cheese, olives and chilled white rice with a tomato-base dressing.

- For Waldorf salad, combine chopped green and red apples, walnuts, celery and mayonnaise with chilled white rice.

- For Oriental rice salad, combine cubed chicken, green pepper, peas and scallions with chilled white rice.

ENTREES

- Add your favorite spaghetti sauce and Parmesan cheese to white rice.

- For quick jambalaya, add cooked white rice to stewed tomatoes, smoked sausage and Cajun seasonings.

- Toasted pine nuts and brown rice with a dash of poultry seasoning make a quick stuffing for poultry dishes.

SNACKS AND DESSERTS

- Combine almonds, dates and honey with brown rice for a tasty snack.

- To chilled white rice add whipped cream topping, pineapple chunks and cherries.

- Stir chilled white rice into vanilla pudding. Add raisins.