Rice is such a versatile grain! It’s used in so many different cuisines and types of recipes. From fried rice, to risotto, to Mexican rice, and so on, it’s incredible how many different ways people can use rice. You could make a few portions of rice at the beginning of the week and have it with completely different meals every day! Easy, versatile, and tasty – what more could you want? This rice roundup will focus on all of these amazing dishes that you can make with brown rice!
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1. Heart-Healthy Burger
Source: Heart-Healthy Burger
Store-bought veggie burgers are convenient, but they are not as wholesome as the ones you can make at home. Not all packaged veggie burgers are made the same. Some contain a long list of ingredients, many of which are unrecognizable — a sign that the product is highly processed. Hearty, satisfying, and flavor-packed, this homemade Heart-Healthy Burger by Julie Zimmer, whether cooked on the grill or in a frying pan, can hold its shape. Crispy on the outside, soft and textured on the inside, the black beluga lentils give the patty that grainy texture.
2. Rice with Olives and Basil
Source: Rice with Olives and Basil
Kalamata olives are grown in Greece. They have a dark purple color and a soft texture. In most grocery stores, they are sold in jars packed in either brine or olive oil, and they come both whole and pitted. They taste excellent in this Rice with Olives and Basil!
Excerpted from The Everything® Mediterranean Instant Pot® Cookbook by Kelly Jaggers. Copyright © 2020 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. Used with permission of the publisher, Adams Media, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. All rights reserved.
3. Brown Rice Pizza Crust
Source: Brown Rice Pizza Crust
4. Chickpea, Spinach and Coconut Curry
5. Middle Eastern Lentils and Rice with Crispy Onions
This Middle Eastern Lentils and Rice with Crispy Onions by Rouxbe is an easy and simple pilaf recipe that will save your weeknights! It’ll be your go-to recipe when you’re busy, but still need something delicious and nourishing.
6. Coconut Brown Rice Bowl With Avocado Cream Dressing
The flavors in this Coconut Brown Rice Bowl With Avocado Cream Dressing by Taryn Fitz-Gerald are quite complimenting. The coconut rice adds a cozy flavor, the roasted sweet potatoes add a delicious sweetness, the black beans add a subtle savoriness, and the celery adds a lovely crunch. The avocado a la creme dressing and pine nuts tie the dish together beautifully. While brown rice can sometimes taste a bit bland and husky, slowly cooking brown rice with half quantities of water and coconut cream makes all the difference. It infuses delicious coconutty flavor into each grain. This coconut brown rice bowl is not only tasty, but also really healthy! Brown rice is rich in manganese, iron, zinc, phosphorous, calcium, selenium, magnesium, potassium, and many vitamins. It is also a great source of protein! This coconut brown rice bowl is a wholesome dish loaded with nutrients and delicious flavor!
7. Mexican Rice Soup
Source: Mexican Rice Soup
No cholesterol, low-fat, high in fiber, high potassium, keeps you full and is so simple dinner time stress is greatly reduced. Sounds like this Mexican Rice Soup by Wholesome LLC is a winner all around!
8. Rice and Bean Burgers
Source: Rice and Bean Burgers
Were you searching for an IBS-friendly Veggie Burger? Well, you’ve come to the right place! These low FODMAP Rice and Bean Burgers by Stefani Weiss are vegan, loaded with nutritious ingredients, and easy to digest. Plus, it’s so flavorful with meaty texture and consistency. Sometimes all you need is a nice big burger, right? But what if you are trying to eat healthier, you follow a vegan diet, and on top of that eat a low fodmap diet. Yep, satisfying that burger craving can become quite a challenge. These low fodmap veggie burgers are everything you could want in a burger. They have a great texture, are super tasty, and won’t wreak havoc on your digestive system. You can also grill them, which will enhance their already rich flavor. This is a real crowd-pleasing recipe, so satisfying and delicious, great for picnics and celebrations. It’s super simple. You only need one bowl and 10 simple ingredients for these low fodmap veggie burgers. How awesome!
9. Sweet & Sour Cashew and Chickpea Fried Rice
Savory, sweet, and sour fried rice topped with glazed cashews and chickpeas. This recipe for Sweet & Sour Cashew and Chickpea Fried Rice by Taavi Moore is so simple, easy, and will be ready in no time.
10. Brown Rice Porridge With Rhubarb Ginger Compote
11. Vegan Risotto with Mushrooms and Turmeric
When you have just a few ingredients in the fridge, improvisation is a way to go. This Vegan Risotto with Mushrooms and Turmeric by Gabriela Lupu is simple and uses ingredients you usually have on hand to create a flavorful dish!
12. Fennel and Brown Rice Salad
Source: Fennel and Brown Rice Salad
This Fennel and Brown Rice Salad by Taryn Fitz-Gerald is so easy to throw together and would be a great idea to use up brown rice from whatever you cooked the night before. The fennel really gives a great, strong flavor to the dish, and compliments the surrounding flavors. With so many nutritional benefits, this is a pretty complete dish, and one that’ll tick all the boxes. Nutrition – Check! Flavor – Check! Quick & Easy – Check! If you’re a lover of fennel and all things licorice, you’ll love this interesting salad. For those who don’t know, fennel is a crunchy and slightly sweet vegetable that is quite popular in Mediterranean and Italian cooking. It’s made up of a big pale green/white bulb and long stalks (similar to celery) with tiny feathery thin leaves which flower and produce fennel seeds. It’s most popularly known for it’s distinct licorice flavor. Fennel is so versatile, from roasting it, to throwing it into soups, it really can work in so many ways. This fennel salad is a crunchy salad that is bursting with nutrition and a whole lot of flavor. Quick and easy to make and a great option for leftover rice.
13. Basil Coconut Brown Rice
Source: Basil Coconut Brown Rice
This recipe works best when you’re looking for an easy and simple dinner that’s going to be delicious. Try adding macadamia nuts for an added crunch, and with the coconut milk, it adds a sweet and mild flavor to the nutty brown rice. You could also pair this Basil Coconut Brown Rice by Crissy Cavanaugh with a spicy curry!
14. Macrobiotic Brown Rice Arame
Source: Macrobiotic Brown Rice Arame
If you’re unfamiliar with macrobiotic food, it originated from Japan and has a strong sea vegetable and fermented soy and vegetable base. In this simple recipe, short grain brown rice is combined with arame, a type of Japanese kelp, savory onion, nutty sesame seeds, carrot, and is finished with a drizzle of salty tamari. This comforting Macrobiotic Brown Rice Arame by Michael and Masa Ofei will keep you full, yet it won’t make you feel weighed down.
15. Zucchini Brown Rice Arancini
Source: Zucchini Brown Rice Arancini
Looking for new hors d’oeuvres? This Zucchini Brown Rice Arancini by Tori Cooper is a creative dish to serve at your next get-together. They resemble falafels, but actually contain a delicious center of creamy almond milk rice risotto with zucchini, dairy-free cheese, and garlic.
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