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Simple Brown Rice

by jenny sansouci on April 1, 2011

Ok, I’ll admit it – before I went to nutrition school, I had never cooked brown rice before. I’d only used the instant brown rice packets! Now that I make brown rice the regular way, I can’t even imagine eating that instant stuff again! Brown rice cooked properly tastes so much better and is so much more nutritious, it’s crazy.

When I started coaching, I quickly found out that I wasn’t the only one who was intimidated about cooking brown rice the real way. Luckily for all of us, it’s super easy. Yes, it takes a bit longer than the instant kind, but it’s so worth it! If I’m going to make a dish that includes brown rice, I just start the brown rice first, and once I’m done preparing everything else, the rice is done! Easy.

Brown rice is a staple health food for so many reasons. It can aid digestion and help alleviate depression. Because it’s a whole grain, it gives you a long lasting, slow burning energy. It makes a regular appearance on my dinner table and I love it!!

Here’s the inside info on how to cook basic brown rice:

About 4 servings:

1 cup brown rice (I like short grain the best)

1 ½ cups water

Rinse rice before cooking. Bring water and rice to a boil and simmer on low for about 45 minutes.

That’s it! See? Not scary.

Here’s a little trick – use coconut water instead of regular water to make coconut rice! I learned that from a chef at an Indonesian restaurant a few years ago. Makes the rice sweet and coco-nutty!

What’s your favorite way to eat brown rice?




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tory April 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I have a rice cooker and we just recently switched to brown rice. My problem is that it never seems like it’s done cooking when the rice cooker switches to warm. Any thoughts?

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jenny sansouci April 14, 2011 at 12:37 am

hey tory — i’ve actually never used a rice cooker before, but sometimes brown rice requires a little more water – maybe try adding more? let me know how it works out!

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