With people understanding the difference eating healthier makes, good brown rice recipes are becoming more popular. Sometimes choosing to eat healthier takes more planning, may take a little more prep time, or even be more expensive to buy fresh quality ingredients but with it comes the knowledge we are taking care of our bodies; and the benefits we get make it all worthwhile.
The Benefits of Eating Brown Rice
In today’s marketplace there are many types of rice and prepackaged rice meals that can be put in the microwave or simply warmed up in a pan. Most of these meals are made with white rice which is far less nutritious than brown rice. Brown rice has not been processed and still contains all of its nutrients.
Brown rice has many healthy vitamins and nutrients such as vitamins B1, B6, E, folic acid, potassium, silicon, chromium, pyridoxine, and selenium. The high fiber content, antioxidants and cholesterol lowering fats make brown rice one of the healthiest foods available today.
How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice
The rich nutty flavor is good on its own but adding other ingredients to the rice can enhance the taste. However cooking brown rice just right, without it becoming sticky and clumping, can be difficult. In order to be able to cook good brown rice recipes the rice must be cooked completely yet without having the consistency of soft concrete, it needs to be light and fluffy.
The following is a popular method that professional chef’s use to make good brown recipes with:
For 3 cups of cooked rice: Use 1 cup of rice added to 2-3 cups of water, cook just like you would pasta, bring to a boil for a few minutes, then drain the water off, cover the rice and let the moisture and steam left inside finish the cooking process. Your rice will come out light and fluffy.
A Few Favorite Good Brown Rice Recipes
Southwestern Brown Rice with Grilled Chicken Salsa
3 cups of cooked brown rice
2 cups of grilled chicken breasts, diced into small pieces
1 can of drained black beans
1 can of sliced olives
½ cup of grated Monterey Jack or pepper jack cheese
½ cup of corn
½ cup of diced tomatoes or tomatillo’s
1 small jar of your favorite salsa
This easy recipe can be used as a cold salad or as a warm side dish. Stir ingredients together, if you want to serve it warm you can microwave it for a couple of minutes or heat it in a sauce pan. Right before serving sprinkle the grated cheese on top as a garnish. Serve with tortilla chips and a side of guacamole is always welcomed with this recipe. Serves: 4-5
Brown Rice Pudding Dessert
4 cups of cooked brown rice
3 cups of milk
1 cup of honey or maple syrup
1-2 cups of raisins or craisins, optional
½ cup of chopped pecans or coconut
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
2 teaspoons of cinnamon or nutmeg, if desired both can be used
In a large sauce pan combine the rice, milk, honey, and raisins; bring to a boil and stir often. Reduce the heat and let it slowly simmer for 20 minutes. Remove your dessert from the heat and add in the butter, cinnamon, and chopped nuts. Stir together until well blended. Serve in small custard dishes. Serve plain or sprinkle the top with cinnamon or powdered sugar, or add a scoop of ice cream on the side. Serves: 6-8
These both are healthy and good brown rice recipes that are simple and easy to make and inexpensive. They are a great way to add health into your diet plan, and in your family’s with something they will absolutely love.
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