Brown Rice …Why is it Good For You and How do You Make it Taste Good?

Studies have shown that consuming brown rice, which is good for you, is also good for infants that are being breastfed. The functional food has been found to play a significant role in improving digestive function and fighting such diseases as metabolic disorders, cardiovascular disease and even some types of cancer.

There are multiple health benefits associated with eating brown rice offering vitamin B, calcium, iron, potassium and even protein. Additionally brown rice helps control blood sugars and cholesterol and its mineral content supplies significant nutrients for hair, teeth, nails and bones.

White Rice – is a processed grain that is converted into sugar as soon as you eat it.

But everyone says eating brown rice tastes AWFUL!  Not true!  We have found a way to make brown taste delicious!

  I take 1C of brown rice and soak it in 1- 14oz can Chicken Broth and I package of dry onion soup mix.   Add some dry herbs and spices like oregano, garlic, pepper…whatever you want. Feel free to jazz it up!  Sometimes I add a whole package of Knorr dry vegatable dip to it –

I mix it all together, microwave it for 10-15 minutes, and just let it set all day, for a good 24 hours. Just cover it and leave it on the counter.
It can not soak too long!  Once I let it soak for 3 days, and it was fine. The absolute key with cooking brown rice is pre soaking, to soften the grain and give it more of a white rice texture. This will also make the rice more easily digested, as well as shorten the cooking time.

The next day it is ready to cook –  I microwave mine. I start out by cooking it about 15 minutes and check the taste and liquid level. It usually needs 2C of water added – or another can of broth.  Sometimes I add chopped garlic –  maybe some mushrooms -a tiny bit of butter – get creative!

It usually needs  another full 30 minutes to cook –  just keep an eye on the liquid level, as you don’t want it to dry out. And you want it fully softened.  Cooking times will vary depending on the actual type of brown rice and the soaking time.

But the key is SOAKING!  and  SEASONINGS!  
And you will LOVE IT!

Michael  Snell


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