Leftover rice is a burden. A small one, I'll grant you, but one that weighs on me nonetheless. As someone who regularly measures out rice in whatever vessel is closest to my arm (juice glass, coffee cup, ramekin, etc.), and then simply adds in double the amount of water, I rarely make the exact amount that I'll need for a given recipe. As a result, I am often left with excess rice, which I shuttle into a tupperware, stick in the fridge, and promptly forget about until it is a hard, dry lump that I toss in shame.

This nags at me. Well-cooked rice is a beautiful, versatile gift; one that has just as much potential on day two (or three) as it does freshly cooked from the pot. Thankfully, these 20 recipes are here to give new life to leftover rice, whether it's with a cardamom-infused rice pudding, a spicy burrito, or a pseudo-quiche. And let's not forget fried rice of all stripes (psst — you don't even need a recipe!).

There's a whole leftover rice world out there, and baby, it's way bigger than just dousing those grains in soy sauce and calling it a day. In fact, these recipes just might give you reason to make extra rice on purpose in the future.

Note: Some of these recipes have to be tweaked a bit to accommodate already-cooked rice; skip the rice-cooking step and reduce the liquid to make them leftover-friendly.

1. Chile-roasted chicken and sweet potatoes with cilantro rice

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2. Tomato-kale quiche in cheesy rice crust

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3. Fried rice with ginger, bok choy, and peas

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4. Jean-George's ginger fried rice

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5. Kimchi fried rice

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6. Breakfast fried rice

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7. How to make fried rice without a recipe

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8. Wild rice veggie sliders with herbed ricotta

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9. Mujaddara with spiced yogurt

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10. Sephardic meggedara with garlicky brown rice pilaf

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11. Jessica Koslow's crispy brown rice "kabbouleh"

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12. How to make onigiri (Japanese rice balls) any which way

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13. Fully loaded vegan burritos

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14. Forbidden rice salad with Thai coconut-lime dressing

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15. Saffron-infused rice pudding (sholeh zard), in the Persian manner

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16. My weekday morning rice pudding

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17. Paal payasam (3-ingredient rice pudding)

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18. Rice pudding with sesame crumble and blueberries

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19. Use this template to make rice pudding your way

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20. Chipotle tomato egg skillet

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This story was originally published on Food52.com: 20 ways to give new life to leftover rice.