Adding Brown Rice Recipes to your family meal menu is a great way to add terrific extra nutrition without having to compromise on taste or texture. Brown rice is the unmilled or part milled rice that most of us eat in its milled or polished form. This milling or polishing removes the outer most layer of the rice kernel, this is often called the bran layer. This layer contains dietary fibre and many key components to good nutrition and these include magnesium, calcium, potassium and zinc. It also contains a variety of vitamins including thiamine, niacin and B6 so whichever way you look at it, this is a grain that packs some serious nutritional punch.
These Brown Rice Recipes offer a slightly different flavour, often described as being “nutty” and when you first try it you might be quite surprised with the difference from traditional white rice. The texture is also a great bonus when cooking and it can really add an extra dimension to the finished dish. I must admit that I seemed to come across a few people who seemed to apologize for these differences, yes it might come as a surprise the first time you try it and yes it certainly has a different flavour but I can almost guarantee that if you include brown rice in your menu over the next few weeks you will not return to white rice (and your body will thank you for that).
Starting with a few simple and tasty recipes is a good way to introduce this to the family menu.
Button Mushrooms & Brown Rice
What is required
Brown Rice – 1 Cup (washed)
Sliced Fresh Button Mushrooms – 450g (16 Ounces)
Slivered Blanched Almonds – 1 Cup (also chopped macadamia nuts work really well)
Butter – 3 Tablespoons (salt reduced)
Diced Pimiento – ½ Cup (could also use red capsicum)
Water – 3 Cups
Salt & Pepper – to taste
What to do
Melt the butter in a medium sized saucepan. Gently saute the mushrooms and almonds until they are golden brown in colour but not overcooked.
Add all the remaining ingredients and cover the pan. Reduce the heat after the water starts boiling and simmer for 45/50 minutes until the rice is tender.
Serve as a side dish with meat or fish or if you prefer use as a great light n healthy lunch. I do hope you get the chance to try this look forward to sharing more of my favorite Brown Rice Recipes with you.
Andrew Cross Lives in Australia. He loves writing, cooking and online marketing.