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!
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.