Brown rice is incredibly versatile; it can be infused with any cuisine flavor you want with the addition of the appropriate herbs, spices, vegetables, and other ingredients.
Organic brown rice is considered one of the four healthiest whole grains. And to make it even healthier and easier to digest, soak the grain before cooking. This does require a bit more forethought, but you can cook up large batches and refrigerate until needed. See here for a plain soaked brown rice recipe, which can be used as the basis for other brown rice recipes.
While plain cooked rice is considered flavorful enough for many, others prefer to add seasonings at the time of initial cooking. The most common practice is adding broth or bouillon to the boiling liquid, but butter is also used, as are garlic, juices, miso, or pickling spices.
If you have picky eaters in the house, there are a number of additions you can make to individual servings of a brown rice recipe that will add some of the textures and flavors your picky eaters will find familiar:
It's best to keep uncooked brown rice (and other whole grains) in the refrigerator to prevent the oils from turning rancid.
This is my fallback recipe for a quick and healthy rice dish. As stated, the recipe is pretty basic, but you can build on it in any direction. The variations are endless as any favorite or leftover vegetable can be added (peas, asparagus, broccoli, etc.) and any spices you're accustomed to can be used.
Two of my variations:
This is an easy dish to prepare that seems to please everyone, even the "meat and potatoes" guys in our homes, thanks to the cheddar cheese.
This is a great combination of flavors and nutrition. Of course, spinach can be used instead of chard.
How can you go wrong when you're featuring butter and pecans? I tend to think of this more as a side dish, although I've often made a whole lunch out of it. Goes great with a bright green salad with vinaigrette dressing.
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