Rice is a good side dish especially when brightened with saffron or one of your favorite herbs (parsley, thyme, rosemary, sage, or chives, etc.)
1 cup long grain white rice or basmati rice
2 cups water
1 Tablespoon butter
½ teaspoon salt
2 pinches of saffron, crumbled (or use ~ 1/8 teaspoon of dried thyme crumbled or other herb of your choice)
Add rice, water, saffron (or other herb), butter (do not add if you sautéed onion per instructions below), and salt to saucepan and bring to a full boil. Reduce the heat to simmer and cover. Cook rice until water is absorbed and rice is tender ~ 15-18 minutes. Fluff up rice with fork and serve as side dish.
[If you want to make the rice even more interesting you can begin by placing the butter in a heavy saucepan and sauté ~ 1 Tablespoon of finely chopped onion until the onion is translucent.] Then proceed with instructions in above paragraph.