Never Be Bored Again: 5 Creative Ways To Prepare Brown Rice

No need for brown rice to be boring and basic. Any of these choice recipes will give you the complex carbs you need and the flavor you want.

Brown rice is a staple of any healthy diet plan, whether you want to shed fat or gain mass. It helps sustain energy levels throughout the day and provides power for your workouts. Brown rice is also well-digested by those who are gluten-intolerant or have other food sensitivities.

Brown might be a complex-carb staple, but that doesn't mean you won't tire of it. Five days of plain-Jane brown rice can make anybody fantasize about mashed potatoes and creamed corn. But if you add a little imagination and time to the cooking pot, you'll get some brown rice recipes that will thrill you and your Tupperware.

Try any of these five recipes and derail the brown rice boredom train!

Creamy Zucchini Brown Rice

This dish will supply you with necessary complex carbs and a touch of protein. It's loaded with nutritious, antioxidant-packed veggies and will fit into any diet.

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat.
  2. Once oil is hot, add vegetables and garlic, and lightly stir-fry until tender.
  3. Add pre-cooked brown rice and saut? for 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. If mixture looks dry, stir in some low-sodium chicken broth.
  5. Stir in Greek yogurt and serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Makes 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 156
Total Fat 4.5g
Total Carb 25g
Protein 4.75g

Creamy Zucchini Brown Rice PDF (30 KB)

Herb Chicken Rice Soup

If you need a quick meal, this soup is perfect! Double or triple the recipe and then freeze it in individual containers for an easy lunch you can bring to work.

  1. Cook rice according to package directions.
  2. In a separate pot, heat chicken broth and water over medium heat and add bay leaf.
  3. Once boiling, add diced vegetables and chicken.
  4. Simmer for 4-8 minutes or until chicken is cooked and veggies have reached desired tenderness.
  5. Add garlic, spices and brown rice and simmer another 2-3 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Makes 4 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 125
Total Fat 1.7g
Total Carb 11g
Protein 15.3g

Herb Chicken Rice Soup PDF (31 KB)

Texas Brown Rice

This complete meal is great for a busy weekday night. It also looks great on the plate, so you can make it for guests. They'll love the flavor; you'll love that you're helping friends hit their fitness goals. Think of it as a brown rice love-fest.

  1. Cook rice according to package directions.
  2. Add water to a skillet and bring to a boil.
  3. Add diced vegetables and taco seasoning and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. During last minute, add chicken, black beans, corn and rice.
  5. Add salsa and heat for another 1-2 minutes.
  6. Top with shredded cheese and a slice of avocado before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Makes 4 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 226
Total Fat 3.5g
Total Carb 34g
Protein 15g

Texas Brown Rice PDF (30 KB)

Brown Rice Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Need a gluten-free, non-flour pancake breakfast? Who doesn't, right? Well, this delicious flapjack recipe is so good you'll want to make seconds. Or thirds. Or ... forget it, just make these cakes.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Slice apple and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon and 2 tbsp. Splenda. Place on baking tray and bake for 4-5 minutes, or until tender.
  3. Meanwhile, combine cooked rice, milk, rice flour, protein powder, 1/8 cup Splenda, applesauce, baking powder, oil, and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon in a bowl.
  4. Heat a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  5. Pour batter onto skillet in small circles. Flip after 2-3 minutes or when edges begin to turn golden.
  6. Cook another 1-2 minutes.
  7. Once pancakes are done, smear with fat-free cream cheese and top with cooked sliced apples. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Makes 3 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 337
Total Fat 5g
Total Carb 56g
Protein 15g

Brown Rice Apple Cinnamon Pancakes PDF (31 KB)

Healthy Brown Rice Pudding

For those of us with a sweet tooth?yes, even I indulge?the desire for dessert never goes away. Try this protein-packed and flavor-filled dessert. It has great omega fats from the walnuts and medium-chain triglycerides from the coconut. Your palate and your doctor will both be thrilled.

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cook rice according to the package directions.
  3. In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups almond milk, protein powder, salt, vanilla extract, almond butter, coconut, cranberries, cinnamon, and cooked brown rice.
  4. Place mixture into an oven safe dish and top with walnuts.
  5. Bake for 40-50 minutes and stir in an additional cup of almond milk to moisten.
  6. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Makes 4 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 342
Total Fat 16g
Total Carb 32g
Protein 19g

Healthy Brown Rice Pudding PDF (31 KB)

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