Healthy Brown Rice Recipes (With Cooking Tips)

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Rice is a staple in so many cuisines, that it’s hard to imagine a world without it. Fortunately, there are lots of different ways to cook rice so you never have to get bored with it. In this post, we’ve gathered some of our favorite healthy brown rice recipes. We also have some tips for cooking perfect rice every time. So, whether you’re looking for a new go-to recipe or simply need some help making perfect rice, read on!

How To Cook Brown Rice

Brown rice is a bit more challenging to cook than white rice, but it’s worth the effort. Here are a few tips for perfectly cooked brown rice:

– Rinse the rice before cooking it. This will help to remove any excess dirt or dust.

– Use twice as much water as you would for white rice. So, if you’re using 1 cup of rice, use 2 cups of water.

– Bring the water to a boil before adding the rice.

– Once you’ve added the rice, reduce the heat and simmer for about 45 minutes.

– Let the rice sit for 5 minutes after cooking before fluffing with a fork and serving.

Brown Rice Recipes

1. Brown Rice and Vegetable Stir-Fry

This brown rice recipe is a great way to use up any vegetables you have in your fridge. Simply stir-fry them with some brown rice and your favorite sauce. We like to use a combination of soy sauce, honey, and sriracha.

How to cook it:

– Rinse 1 cup of brown rice and add it to a saucepan with 2 cups of water.

– Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 45 minutes.

– Meanwhile, prep your vegetables. We like to use a mix of broccoli, carrots, and peppers.

– Once the rice is cooked, let it sit for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.

– Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

– Add the vegetables and cook until they’re tender.

– Add the cooked rice and stir to combine.

– In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, honey, and sriracha to taste. Pour this over the stir-fry and serve.

2. Brown Rice and Beans

This is a simple, yet flavorful, a recipe that makes a great side dish or main course. Brown rice is paired with black beans, corn, and spices for a hearty and satisfying meal.

How to cook it:

– Rinse 1 cup of brown rice and add it to a saucepan with 2 cups of water.

– Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 45 minutes.

– Meanwhile, drain and rinse 1 can of black beans.

– Add the beans to a large skillet with 1 cup of corn.

– Season with chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper to taste.

– Cook over medium heat until the beans are heated through.

– Once the rice is cooked, let it sit for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.

– Add the rice to the skillet and stir to combine. Serve warm.

3. Brown Rice Pilaf

This brown rice recipe is perfect for a simple side dish or light meal. Brown rice is cooked in broth and then mixed with sautéed vegetables for added flavor and nutrition.

How to cook it:

– Rinse 1 cup of brown rice and add it to a saucepan with 2 cups of vegetable broth.

– Bring the broth to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 45 minutes.

– Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

– Add 1 chopped onion and cook until softened.

– Stir in 1 minced garlic clove and cook for an additional minute.

– Add 1 cup of chopped vegetables (we like to use a mix of carrots, peas, and corn) and cook until tender.

– Once the rice is cooked, let it sit for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.

– Add the rice to the skillet and stir to combine. Serve warm.

4. Brown Rice Salad

This salad is a great way to use up leftover rice. It’s also perfect for packing into a lunchbox or taking on a picnic. Brown rice is mixed with shredded chicken, vegetables, and a simple vinaigrette.

How to cook it:

– Rinse 1 cup of brown rice and add it to a saucepan with 2 cups of water.

– Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 45 minutes.

– Meanwhile, shred 1 cooked chicken breast.

– In a large bowl, combine the cooked chicken, brown rice, chopped vegetables (we like to use tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers), and crumbled feta cheese.

– In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste. Pour this over the salad and stir to combine. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

5. Brown Rice Porridge

This comforting breakfast is similar to oatmeal but made with brown rice instead of oats. It’s a great way to start your day and can be topped with any of your favorite fruits or nuts.

How to cook it:

– Rinse 1 cup of brown rice and add it to a saucepan with 2 cups of water.

– Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 45 minutes.

– Once the rice is cooked, let it sit for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.

– Add the cooked rice to a bowl and top with milk (dairy or non-dairy), honey, and your favorite toppings. We like to use fresh berries and chopped nuts.

6. Brown Rice and Vegetable Soup

This hearty soup is packed with vegetables and brown rice for a filling and nutritious meal. It’s perfect for a cold day or when you’re feeling under the weather.

How to cook it:

– Rinse 1 cup of brown rice and add it to a saucepan with 2 cups of water.

– Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 45 minutes.

– Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.

– Add 1 chopped onion and cook until softened.

– Stir in 1 minced garlic clove and cook for an additional minute.

– Add 6 cups of chopped vegetables (we like to use a mix of carrots, potatoes, celery, and kale) and cook until tender.

– Stir in 8 cups of chicken or vegetable broth and the cooked rice.

– Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.

7. Brown Rice Burrito Bowls

These burrito bowls are a delicious and easy way to use up leftover brown rice. They can be customized with your favorite toppings and make a great lunch or light dinner.

How to cook it:

– Rinse 1 cup of brown rice and add it to a saucepan with 2 cups of water.

– Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 45 minutes.

– Once the rice is cooked, let it sit for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.

– In a large bowl, combine the cooked rice, black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, and shredded lettuce.

– Top with your favorite burrito toppings, such as sour cream, salsa, or guacamole. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

8. Brown Rice and Bean Patties

These patties are a great way to use up leftover brown rice. They’re packed with beans and vegetables, and make a delicious vegetarian main course or side dish.

How to cook it:

– Rinse 1 cup of brown rice and add it to a saucepan with 2 cups of water.

– Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 45 minutes.

– Once the rice is cooked, let it sit for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.

– In a large bowl, mash 1 can of black beans.

– Stir in the cooked rice, chopped vegetables (we like to use onions, peppers, and carrots), bread crumbs, and an egg. Mix until everything is well combined.

– Form the mixture into patties and cook in a lightly oiled skillet over medium heat until browned and crisp on both sides. Serve warm.

9. Brown Rice Veggie Bowls

These bowls are a great way to use up leftover brown rice. They’re packed with vegetables and make a delicious vegetarian main course or side dish.

How to cook it:

– Rinse 1 cup of brown rice and add it to a saucepan with 2 cups of water.

– Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 45 minutes.

– Once the rice is cooked, let it sit for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.

– In a large bowl, combine the cooked rice, black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, and shredded lettuce.

– Top with your favorite burrito toppings, such as sour cream, salsa, or guacamole. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

10. Sweet Brown Rice Recipe (Puliyogare)

This is a traditional South Indian recipe that is typically served as a side dish. It can be made with either white or brown rice. Brown rice gives the dish a nutty flavor and slightly chewy texture.

How to cook it:

– Rinse 1 cup of brown rice and add it to a saucepan with 2 cups of water.

– Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 45 minutes.

– Once the rice is cooked, let it sit for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.

– In a large bowl, combine the cooked rice, tamarind paste, green chilies, ginger, and salt. Mix well.

– Serve warm or cold.

FAQS:

1. How do you cook brown rice in a rice cooker?

To cook brown rice in a rice cooker, rinse 1 cup of brown rice and add it to the pot with 2 cups of water. Cook according to your rice cooker’s instructions. Brown rice typically takes about 45 minutes to cook.

2. How do you make brown rice more flavorful?

There are several ways to make brown rice more flavorful. Try cooking it with broth instead of water, adding aromatic vegetables like onions and garlic, or stirring in some sauces or spices after cooking.

3. Can you overcook brown rice?

Yes, it is possible to overcook brown rice. If the rice is cooked for too long, it can become mushy and lose its distinct flavor. Brown rice is done when it is tender and chewy, but still has a bit of bite to it.

4. Is brown rice healthier than white rice?

Yes, brown rice is generally considered to be healthier than white rice. Brown rice is a whole grain and contains more fiber than white rice. White rice has had the bran and germ removed, which takes away some of the nutrients.

5. How long does cooking brown rice last?

Cooked brown rice will last in the fridge for up to 5 days. To keep it fresh, store it in an airtight container. Brown rice can also be frozen for up to 6 months.

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