The Japanese eat rice with all their meals.  Most homes have an electric rice cooker, so that there's a supply ready at all hours of the day!

Vegetable Rice

3 tablespoons cooking oil
2 leeks
1/2 inch ginger root
1 clove garlic
3/4 cup short grain rice
3 cups water
pinch of salt
9 ounces green vegetables (like baby spinach or frozen peas)

Wash, trim and chop the leeks.  Peel and finely chop the ginger.  Peel and crush the garlic.  Heat the oil in a wok or wide pan.  Add the leeks, ginger and garlic and fry gently for five minutes.  Add the rice and stir for a few minutes.  Add the water and the salt and simmer for ten minutes.  Add the green vegetables to the pan.  Simmer for ten minutes or until the rice is tender.