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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!

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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.

Ingredients

Directions
  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 sauté 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
Calories 156
Total Fat4.5g
Total Carb25g
Protein4.75g

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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.

Ingredients
Directions
  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
Calories 125
Total Fat1.7g
Total Carb11g
Protein15.3g

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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.

Ingredients
Directions
  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
Calories 226
Total Fat3.5g
Total Carb34g
Protein15g
Texas Brown Rice PDF (30 KB)

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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.

Ingredients
Directions
  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
Calories 337
Total Fat5g
Total Carb56g
Protein15g

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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.

Ingredients
Directions
  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
Calories 342
Total Fat16g
Total Carb32g
Protein19g


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Chadmylad

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Will casein powder work for the pudding?

Sep 26, 2012 5:45pm | report
krauklis

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well it does not say if the protein powder is whey or casein, so it might be what you like better

Sep 27, 2012 2:14pm | report
MulattoMami

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I think I will try it with the casein because mine already has a thick "pudding-like" texture (ON Gold Standard 100% Casein- Vanilla Cream)... but won't be making that for a couple weeks. Would like to know what kind you choose and how it turns out :)

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good articleeee

Sep 27, 2012 3:56am | report
Mayahi

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Mayahi

be careful on your rice intake...high levels of arsenic have been found. google it

Sep 28, 2012 5:50pm | report
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We grew up eating rice with milk and raisin, cinnamon, etc because it was "cheap" (tasted good too). Seems like the older I get, the better the "poor" gets!

Sep 30, 2012 8:49pm | report
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Thearconian

They sound great and look interesting!

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going to try the texas brown rice! great recipes!

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Thanks looks the goods

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Knussbaum1

Made the Texas Brown Rice yesterday and it was delicious. Looking forward to trying the Brown Rice Apple Cinnamon Pancakes next.

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did you ever try the pancakes? I don't see how 1/2 cup of milk is going to be enough for 1/2 cup protein powder, 1/2 cup rice flour, and 1/2 cup brown rice. Please let me know how it turned out.

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gonna make the first one this weekend

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Making the Brown Rice with Black Beans and Corn Broccoli , Tilapia Fish and Baked Potatoes

Nov 4, 2012 6:14pm | report
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xtinataguba

i love eating brown rice, must try this one

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Love cooking, so now I have five reasons to cook brown rice.. :D

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OMG! ALL of these recipes look amazing!- Def having the creamy zucchini brown rice for lunch tomorrow!- I'g going to save the taco and rice-pudding recipes for after this contest-- but can't wait!

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I'm loving all these ideas!

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I just made the 'Creamy Zucchini Brown Rice' for myself and my partner... wasn't sure what to expect, to be honest, as it's the first time I've ever eaten brown rice... it was REALLY GOOD! Wow! Will definitely be making that again. Thanks for the fantastic recipe, a very good introduction to brown rice.

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