Bagged rice is cheap to buy, easy to make and has an infinite shelf life. Plus, it makes a great addition to so many different kinds of meals. You can add it to all kinds of casseroles and soups, or it makes a great stand-alone side dish. Want to whip up a quick stir fry? Serve it over rice. Cooking chicken breasts and vegetables? Add a side of rice. For a healthier alternative for your family, stock up on brown rice and skip the white stuff.