Brown rice is touted as the healthier alternative to white rice because during its processing only the outermost layer, which is known as the hull, is removed. Many of us know that brown rice is better for you than white, but the stuff can be boring. If you’re a fan of brown rice, you’ll love these easy ways to make this bland yet worthy grain more enticing. Best of all, none of these brown rice ideas require recipes to follow; just be inspired, and add your own tweaks and touches.
Tuna, Brown Rice, Sumac, And Green Bean Salad
When the weather starts to warm up, you may always want to eat lighter food, and this combination of nutty brown rice, infused with lemony sumac vinaigrette, is the kind of thing you want to eat. It’s a classic Nicoise with a Middle Eastern twist. When you want flavor fast, sumac is the secret. Mixing all the ingredients for the best tase brown rice combination.
Fried Rice With Chicken, Ginger, And Egg
This is really satisfying and quick to whip up, especially if you have cooked rice to hand. Both white and brown rice works well, but the latter has a wonderful nutty flavor and a chewy texture. If you have some squeezable ginger, that’s a good addition. Some thinly sliced scallions are always welcome, too.
Brown Rice And Puy Lentils With Pine Nuts And Spinach
This is an ideal healthy dish to make ahead when entertaining (bring it to room temperature before serving) or simply to have in the refrigerator ready as a nutritious choice for lunch. If you want a bit of heat, add hot red pepper flakes or pass around a bottle of sriracha. If you have more time, brown a couple of onions in olive oil to use instead of (or in addition to) the scallion.
Rice Pilaf With Pomegranate Arils
The best part of this recipe is the dressing – it’s a fragrant, zesty mix of citrus juices, olive oil, and warm spices. Beyond that, feel to make this rice salad your own! Top it with dried fruit instead of pomegranates, swap your favorite nut for the pistachios, or add a handful of roasted chickpeas for extra protein.
Rice And Black Beans
Warm-up your leftover rice with a 15- to 16-ounce can of drained and rinsed black beans in a skillet. Stir in some prepared salsa for lots of extra flavors. If you want to go an extra step, sauté some garlic and peppers in olive oil first before adding the rice and beans. Add some fresh tomatoes and/or fresh herbs, or just go for the salsa.
You can make those brown rice recipes even better by throwing in any leftover protein you may have (steak, chicken, shrimp) to bulk it up or if you are in the mood for something light it’s great as is. So the next time you plan to make some rice dishes, replace white rice with brown rice, and make use of the above-mentioned recipes.