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September 15, 2010 7:12 AM
I know that brown rice is supposed to be very good for you. My problem is that I can't make it taste that good. It either never cooks properly or when it does, it's just very bland and plain. Any tips or ideas for making it taste yummy so I enjoy eating it instead of feeling like I have to force myself? Thanks for your help!
September 15, 2010 7:16 AM
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I know that brown rice is supposed to be very good for you. My problem is that I can't make it taste that good. It either never cooks properly or when it does, it's just very bland and plain. Any tips or ideas for making it taste yummy so I enjoy eating it instead of feeling like I have to force myself? Thanks for your help!


Maybe boiling it in broth instead of plain water could help. flowerforyou
  128027
September 15, 2010 7:17 AM
What I do with rice usually is to fry the uncooked grains with a spray of oil and onions and then pour stock in it and cook it in that. Gives it some more flavour i find...
September 15, 2010 7:18 AM
Definitely broth and maybe low-sodium soy sauce and pepper.
September 15, 2010 7:18 AM
I do this with white rice as well...I sautee minced onion and garlic in a pan (use cooking spray or EVOO) after a few minutes add in the uncooked rice, sautee for a few minutes. Place in a pot and cook it in a veggie, chicken or beef broth instead of plain water. Bring to a boil and the cover and simmer until done. I get the organic natural broth cubes at the grocery store that are better for you.

You can also cook it with a little butter and garlic salt as well to give it some flavor. ( I do this with the instant brown rice)
  1120415
September 15, 2010 7:19 AM
I make brown rice the regular way, the way Uncle Ben recommends!! But then I spritz some lemon juice on it, and it's really good.
September 15, 2010 7:20 AM
QUOTE:

I do this with white rice as well...I sautee minced onion and garlic in a pan (use cooking spray or EVOO) after a few minutes add in the uncooked rice, sautee for a few minutes. Place in a pot and cook it in a veggie, chicken or beef broth instead of plain water. Bring to a boil and the cover and simmer until done. I get the organic natural broth cubes at the grocery store that are better for you.

You can also cook it with a little butter and garlic salt as well to give it some flavor. ( I do this with the instant brown rice)


Ditto!
September 15, 2010 7:22 AM
What brand are you using? I absolutely LOVE brown rice. I try to stick with Uncle Ben's or Riceland brands. If you're using instant brown rice, I've never had success with that.... it's HORRIBLE!

Try preparing it with chicken or vegetable broth, or flavoring it with some low-sodium soy sauce or teriyaki sauce. Try serving your main dish over it instead of having it on the side. Sauteed veggies can also add flavor... or use garlic or herbs. Mrs. Dash can work miracles as well!

Just keep experimenting and you'll find something you love!
  1810355
September 15, 2010 7:26 AM
I always do it in a low sodium, fat free chicken stock or broth. Everyone I turn on to this idea LOVES brown rice now!
  1318287
September 15, 2010 7:27 AM
I use flavored broth as well, but I love spicy food so I ass lots of hot sauce and pepper sauce which helps me a TON.
September 15, 2010 7:28 AM
I use minute brown rice in a bag and it comes out good every time. I put fat free brown gravy over it and fat free cream of chicken over chicken, yummy!
September 15, 2010 7:28 AM
Thanks for the advice. I just use the Minute brown rice, so maybe that's part of my problem.
September 15, 2010 7:29 AM
Obviously this is not ideal for everyone, and in moderation.. but I cook some bacon to chop up into it, and sauté the rice in a little bit of bacon grease until done, add grilled green peppers onions and then the bacon.. it taste REALLY good and is not too bad calories/carb wise
September 15, 2010 7:29 AM
That sounds wonderful. Thanks!
September 15, 2010 7:29 AM
QUOTE:

I do this with white rice as well...I sautee minced onion and garlic in a pan (use cooking spray or EVOO) after a few minutes add in the uncooked rice, sautee for a few minutes. Place in a pot and cook it in a veggie, chicken or beef broth instead of plain water. Bring to a boil and the cover and simmer until done. I get the organic natural broth cubes at the grocery store that are better for you.

You can also cook it with a little butter and garlic salt as well to give it some flavor. ( I do this with the instant brown rice)
September 15, 2010 7:30 AM
An idea a friend gave me that is awesome and reasonable calorie wise is add 1/2 cup corn black bean salsa, about 4 blue aztec chips and 1/4 cup of shredded cheese to a cup of rice. It is amazing!
September 15, 2010 7:30 AM
I mix it with well sasoned veggies like zuchini and onions and carrots done in olive oil. mix it together and hell throw in some chicken!
September 15, 2010 7:30 AM
Replace the salt and sugar with honey when preparing. You'll see a huge difference.
September 15, 2010 7:31 AM
I love a rice cooker, it cooks it till perfect. To help my husband make the switch I did half & half with white and slowly reduced the white %. Cooking it in broth and with sauted garlic and onion makes it delish.
  1210291
September 15, 2010 7:32 AM
QUOTE:

I do this with white rice as well...I sautee minced onion and garlic in a pan (use cooking spray or EVOO) after a few minutes add in the uncooked rice, sautee for a few minutes. Place in a pot and cook it in a veggie, chicken or beef broth instead of plain water. Bring to a boil and the cover and simmer until done. I get the organic natural broth cubes at the grocery store that are better for you.




This sounds great! It's a healthier version of Japanese hibatchi rice! YUM!
  171113
September 15, 2010 7:32 AM
i season my brown rice when i make it with some cayane powder, and i also, cook the rice with some green, red, orange, and yellow peppers.
  604894
September 15, 2010 7:34 AM
I like making it and then mixing it with some fresh red or yellow peppers, red onion, cucumber and cilantro. I also out a little bit of lemon juice or vinegar in it for an acid in it if tastes too bland.
  1674689
September 15, 2010 7:36 AM
I add green onion and a scrambled egg and sprinkle some garlic salt and lemon pepper on it.
September 15, 2010 7:36 AM
smile right up my alley!! Make 1 cup every other day and put in the frig. 2 cups of water bring to a boil,add cup of brown rice, turn down burner to med, set timer for 25 mins. Comes out perfect everytime! PUT IN FRIG TILL NEEDED.
When needed can add different spices,add cut veggies[already in frig],or just olive oil or butter.[microwave 1 min.] even use peanuts or rasins for flavor. Be creative and put in foods you like!happy
Also other meals in frig,...cut up fruit, make big salad [good for about 48 hrs.]
Always have prepared food in refrigerator so don't go to fast food or stop pick up candy,sweets,and carbs.[ALWAYS A WEAKNESS WHEN YOUR HUNGREY. That 7-11 is a killer when your starving.

Cup of cooked brown rice....216 cal,45 carbs,5 protein,&2 fat----EXcellent fiber[keeps you full longer] Always eat with a protein![beans]

P.S. CAN EVEN USE CAN VEGTABLES BUT I RINSE THEM BEFORE USING[SODIUM]heart
September 15, 2010 7:45 AM
My kids love to add popcorn seasonings to their brown rice. Kernel Seasons and Land O Lakes make different flavors- sharp cheddar, white cheddar, parmesan garlic, etc. Also try cooking it in low sodium chicken or veggie broth or using low sodium soy sauce.

Different seasonings like garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, anything to add whatever type of flavors that you like! Mrs. Dash makes great salt free seasonings also!

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