4 Quick Tips For Jazz Up Your Brown Rice
One of the best grains to be eating on a regular basis is that of brown rice. Given the fact it’s gluten-free, high in fiber, and low on the GI scale, it ranks in as one of the best sources of long-lasting energy.
But, when it comes to flavor, brown rice falls quite short. It’s a pretty bland grain without much flavor, which leads most people to smother it with soy sauce. And while soy sauce is very low in calories, it’s very high in sodium, so not the wisest of options.
Fortunately, there are other great ideas to jazz up brown rice that will have you looking forward to this grain whenever it’s served.
Here are some quick ideas to consider.
Prepare It Using Broth And Herbs
Rather than using plain water to cook your rice, which is going to give no taste, try substituting this for some low sodium chicken, beef, or vegetable broth and then add in some freshly chopped herbs.
Oregano, basil, parsley, or cilantro will all work great here and give the rice some added nutritional benefits as well. Always try and use herbs whenever you are cooking. They’re calorie free and many pack a good dose of antioxidants, vitamins, and even some minerals.
Prepare ‘Healthy Fried Rice’
Moving along, also consider preparing healthy fried rice. While the traditional version of this dish is definitely not one to indulge in, you can change the ingredients slightly and make it far more pleasing to your diet plan.
Simply take cooked brown rice and then sauté it in a little olive oil, some minced ginger and garlic, along with some finely diced vegetables such as peppers, onions, celery, and carrots.
From there, drizzle in one whole egg or two egg whites (depending on the fat content you need in this meal), and then stir-fry. Once the egg has finished cooking, serve immediately.
This is a great side dish to any meat source and will also help boost your overall protein intake for the day as well.
Add Some Nuts And Seeds
Two other great flavor add-ins for a bland cup of brown rice are nuts and seeds. Whether you choose peanuts, cashews, pine nuts, or almonds, all will taste excellent when added to fluffy rice.
You can also opt for sunflower seeds instead if you prefer the taste of those. They’d make a great pairing along with some dried cranberries as well for a hint of sweetness.
Cook The Rice In Your Sauce
Finally, if you’re making anything that calls for tomato sauce, consider adding a little more tomato juice into the pot and then actually preparing the brown rice right in with the other ingredients.
Note that if you opt for this route, you’ll want to only partially cook the other ingredients so that as you bring the broth to simmer for 10-15 minutes to cook the rice, you don’t overcook those other ingredients.
The brown rice will absorb much of that extra liquid and you’ll be left with a thick tasty dish.
So keep these ideas in mind next time you’re looking for a way to prepare brown rice. Soy sauce doesn’t have to be your only solution to add more flavor – you can choose alternate ideas that actually improve your nutritional standing.
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