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Jul 9, 2009 04:33 PM

recipes using brown rice that taste good?

Would love to hear any ideas you might have....

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  1. I think it's like trying to capture Unicorns... is there ANYthing involving brown rice that tastes good? Is that stuff even really rice?! adam

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    1. re: adamshoe

      LOL, adam!...EAT your brown rice! It's good for you...has fiber!

      1. re: Val

        "EAT your brown rice! It's good for you...has fiber!" So does corrugated cardboard and it tastes better ;) adam

      2. re: adamshoe

        Brown jasmine rice and brown basmati rice have a much better flavor and texture. They are available at Trader Joes,, and Asian markets. I use either (though I slightly prefer brown jasmine) anywhere you'd use white rice.

        1. re: greygarious

          I agree - the brown basmati is great! Last weekend, I made a cold rice salad with steamed zucchini, tomatoes, and tuna fish, dressed with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Simple but yummy.

          1. re: greygarious

            Ever since I tried TJ's brown jasmine rice, that's the only kind I use. Delicious! It works fine in everything I cook, even jambalaya, Takes 25-30 minutes to prepare the way I like it, I just set the timer and walk away, and usually I precook it in some sesame oil before adding the water and salt.

        2. Oh, my goodness...haven't you tried Alton Brown's Baked Brown rice? It is the best! Comes out so fluffy! That's the only way I prepare it anymore!

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          1. re: Val

            That sounds like a good recipe, but it's more the flavor I have issues with. If I want something "nutty", I'll make quinoa, or farro or (god forbid) groats. I like rice that tastes and behaves like, well, rice! adam

                1. re: phoenikia

                  if you don't have access to Ficoco or something similar, you can make a substitute by blending figs with cocoa powder & a bit of sugar. hope you enjoy it!

          2. Mostly I just make it in the microwave like I would white rice. I have found a brand that cooks in about as much time as white, so that is what I use most. I have often thought that brown rice would be a good, if unorthodox, accompaniment for barbeque. I am also dabbling with using it for pilaf. You can also make sort of a cold salad with cooked brown rice. Use dates or chopped dried apricots, onions, peas or whatever is in your fridge. Dress it with a vinaigrette to your liking.

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            1. re: sueatmo

              Thanks for the pilaf and salad ideas, this is closer to what I'm hoping to find!

            2. I actually prefer it to white - now that I've become used to it.

              For savory dishes, I'd recommend cooking it in chicken broth or stock.

              1. How do you prepare it? We like using the pressure cooker.

                Brown rice with black beans, broc or greens or zuke, guacamole, and salsa.
                Brown rice with veggie of choice and hummus.
                Brown rice with hazelnuts, sweet potato, and currants.
                Brown rice with stir-fry veggies (and pineapple, cashews, and tamari)
                Brown rice with currants and almond mylk for breakfast.
                We also grind our own brown rice flour to use in baked goods (I'm gluten-free).

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                1. re: lgss

                  I usually prepare it in a saucepan - don't own a pressure cooker.

                  Thanks for the ideas of things to go with the rice- I have used it as a side dish to various other foods successfully- just haven't found to many actual "recipes" that use brown rice and taste good.

                  1. re: phoenikia

                    Before I married a pressure-cooker owner I also made it in a regular pan. On an electric stove I found that if I turned it off before it was done and left the lid on and the pan on the burner it would continue to cook for a while and reduced the chances of burning.

                    Consider putting some Veg Vogie Base in with it for some flavor.

                    We use our pressure cooker almost every day. Well worth the price.

                      1. re: lgss

                        Oops that was supposed to be Vogue Veggie Base.