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Old 10-11-2004, 11:51 AM   #11
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What about adding some dried fruit and nuts to your brown rice? One of our favorites is dried cranberries with toasted pecans (or almonds or walnuts). You could also use raisins, apricots, etc.

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Old 10-12-2004, 11:38 AM   #12
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Here’s a tasty side dish I like to serve with grilled chicken breasts:

20 fl. oz. chicken stock
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp minced gingerroot
½ lb snow peas
half sweet red (bell) pepper, diced
4 green onions, chopped
1 tsp sesame oil

In 2-qt. saucepan, combine stock, rice, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger; simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.

Cut snow peas on diagonal into 1-inch pieces; add to rice along with red pepper & onions; cook a few minutes until peas are tender-crisp. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Stir in sesame oil.

You could substitute 2 cups broccoli florets & 2 carrots for the snow peas & pepper. Asparagus would be very appealing to use in the Spring.

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Old 11-07-2005, 03:29 PM   #13
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Brown Rice

You can also use Brown basmati rice in any lentil soups. This will add proteins to your healthy brown rice dish. Also, the cooking time of lentils will match that of brown basmati rice, so the dish will be cooked at the same time.

BTW, Costco now offers Brown organic Indian Basmati rice.
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Old 11-08-2005, 02:59 AM   #14
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A generous dallop of a good salsa and / or some Vietnamese chili garlic paste with whatever beans I happen to have on hand is one of the easiest and healthiest ways I know to eat my brown rice. Black beans are my favorite, but I have used just about every kind imaginable. I think I could eat it every day. =P

Using broth instead of water when cooking the white rice is an easy way to add extra flavor, but I can't say I've ever done that with brown rice. I love the flavor as is. =) I'll have to try that someday. I tend to use whatever I'm topping the rice with to pack the flavor punch.

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Old 11-08-2005, 08:57 AM   #15
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vegie broth and mushrooms.
dried porchini mushrooms soaked in water, add the water to the broth mixture.
baby spinach is great with rice...mix in at last few minutes.
sweet spices like cinamon; dry spices like cumin will add variety. cinamon and golden raisins for example. cumin onion and chili flakes. curry and garum marsala.
try other rices: short grain brown (a risotto rice), medium grain brown, basmati brown.
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Old 11-08-2005, 09:01 AM   #16
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something that i've tried recently is rehydrating dried shiitakes, then using both the mushrooms (diced) and the water from them when making the rice.

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