Tag Archive: Brown rice


Okay, I confess, I didn’t set out to make a deconstructed rice bowl.  If I’d thought of that, I would have hard-boiled some eggs and served it in a bowl.  Next time!  And there will be a next time.  This dinner was yummy.

Sausage, Brown Rice, Roasted Veggies, and Salad

6 Cups cooked brown rice.  I always use a rice cooker and season with a salt blend and a spoon of duck fat (purchased at my local market).

1 Medium onion, chopped roughly.

2 lb. smoked sausage (I used smoked turkey sausage)  Lots of possibilities here!

1 yellow squash and 1 zucchini, sliced 1/2 inch thick and tossed with olive oil and salt or other seasoning blend.   I used Italian, but rosemary and thyme would be good.

2 ob. baby portobello mushrooms, cut in half, and tossed with olive oil and salt or other seasoning blend.  I used onion salt and a pepper blend.

1 can beans of choice, drained and rinsed.  I used cannellini beans.

This meal is so versatile, you can season and imitate different international cuisines.  Use garam marsala, or five spice, curry, or coriander with lime zest, etc.  You get the idea.  Take it whatever flavor direction you want.

I served this with Banh Mi veggies I always keep on hand, and it was a huge hit.  I also put together a salad kit.

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First cut up the veggies and toss with oil and seasonings.  Tasting it raw is the only what to make sure it’s not underseasoned.

Put rice in rice cooker next, as it will take longer than the rest of the foods.

Heat olive oil in skillet and cook onions over low 5-10 minutes, while you cut the sausage into semicircles.

Once the onion is softened, put sausage in on top of it and put on a lid.  It will take about the same amount of time as the rice for this to caramelize nicely.

Put the squash and mushrooms on a baking sheet and bake at 400F for 15-20 minutes, or until tender.

When the rice is nearly done, and just a little liquid remains in the bottom, unplug and stir in beans.  Place lid back on to keep warm while squash and mushrooms finishes.

I really wish I’d thought of the rice bowl angle earlier.  A nice egg on top would have been the bomb!

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Lucky’s (the sip and stroll store) had some beautiful sockeye salmon on sale that called out to me!  My surrogate daughter Beth, who is vegetarian, was over.  I wanted to make a hearty  side for her to join us!  We all loved the rice, and the lentils and garbanzo beans provided her with a little protien.  The color is not as pretty when you cook the veggies in the rice cooker as opposed to stir frying them and adding them in at the end.  It is, however, much easier to throw it all in the rice cooker and walk away!  It tastes yummy, but if I was having guests, I would opt for the stir fry method for prettier presentation.  I threw together some things I had on hand for the marinade and it was a hit!  The non-fish eaters had boneless chicken with the same marinade and said it was good too.

Rice and Lentils with Salmon

Marinade salmon filet in a mixture of Italian dressing and balasamic glaze (2 to 1 ratio), with a little minced ginger added.  My marinade was about 2 Tbsp. dressing, 1 Tbsp.  balsamic glaze and 1/2 tsp. ginger for each serving of fish.  The filet was 1.2 lbs. and I cut it into three servings.

Meanwhile preheat the oven to 350F and start the rice in the rice cooker, because it will take about twice as long as the salmon will.

For the rice:

2 C. brown rice

1/2 C. wild rice

1/2 C. dried lentils

1 small onion, chopped

1/2 bag broccoli slaw or other coarsely chopped vegetables

3 Tbsp. butter

2 Tbsp. seasoned salt or other seasoning blend

6 C. water

1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

Combine all except garbanzo beans and cook in a rice cooker (one of my favorite small appliances!).  It will take about 40-45 minutes, so set the timer for 20 minutes, then put the salmon in the oven in a shallow baking dish, pouring remaining marinade over it.

When the liquid in the rice cooker was almost gone, I stirred in the garbanzo beans.  My rice cooker has a tendency to overcook towards the end, causing some of the rice to stick and over cook, so I usually stir in a little olive oil while there’s still a little liquid left to keep this from happening.

 

 

I found a good price at Target on the Lundberg rices that I love so much.  They even had a Black Pearl variety I’ve never had before.  I made curry chicken and cooked this Rice Melange in the rice cooker.  Yummy.

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2 1/2 c. Lundberg Jasmine Brown Rice

1/2 c. Lundberg Black Pearl Rice

5 1/4 c. water

2 Tbsp. butter

1/2 tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. crushed garlic

1 can black beans, drained

Combine ingredients in rice cooker.  It will take 40-45 minutes to cook, perfect when you are baking boneless breasts since they have the same cooking time.

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I had leftover corn, black bean salad, but not quite enough for a side.  I cooked brown rice in the crock pot over night and mixed it in to make a yummy salad.

Corn and Black Bean Salad:

1 1/2 c. roasted corn

1 can great northern beans, rinsed and drained

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

1/2 c finely chopped sweet onion

Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, from 1-2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tsp. chopped jalapeno pepper

 

Combine corn, beans and onion.  Toss with dressing.  Refrigerate at least overnight.

In the morning, stir in the cooked brown rice.  Refrigerate for the day.

I served this with some chicken and a salad bar.

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I had some leftover barbecue chicken, some tortillas, a little leftover brown rice, and shredded cheese, and viola!

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2 – 3 c. leftover brown rice

12 flour tortillas

4 c. leftover barbecue chicken, shredded

1 jar alfredo sauce or 1 can creamy cheesy soup, like broccoli cheese

2 c. shredded cheese

Mix rice with half the alfredo sauce or soup.

Spread evenly over the bottom of a 13 x 9 baking dish sprayed with coconut oil.

Roll chicken in tortillas and place on top of rice.

Thin sauce or soup so it can be spooned over the tortillas.

Spread evenly.

Sprinkle with shredded cheese and cook at 375 F for 30-35 minutes.

 

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2 lb. sausage, sliced and lightly browned.  I used 1 lb. jalapeno cheddar and 1 lb. smoked turkey

4 packets Minute Rice Multigrain Medley

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1 package Dole Chopped Salad Kit

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1 pint yellow grape tomatoes

1/2 c. Hidden Valley Mango Chipotle Dressing

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Cook multigrain medley according to directions.

Meanwhile, slice and brown sausage in saute pan.

Combine sausage with chopped salad kit.

Fold in cooked multigrain medley.

Stir in Mango Chipotle Dressing.

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There is something to be said with stocking your pantry and fridge with items that are versatile and healthy.   I had some leftover chopped veggies and garbanzo beans from tortellini salad night, and a chop salad in the fridge, and someone had given me some tofurkey ‘sausage’ that I wanted to try,

1 package Dole chopped salad

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1 package Tofurkey spinach pesto sausage

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1 small bottle yogurt garlic dressing

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2 pouches Seeds of Change red quinoa and brown rice

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I sliced and browned the tofurkey in a skillet.  I did not heat up the quinoa, as it is fully cooked already.

I just tossed everything in a bowl with some garbanzo beans and put it in the fridge until everyone was ready to eat.

I put out the leftover sliced black olives and red peppers for those who like them!

I was a little concerned that it was just too easy, but it was delicious.  I can just imagine how amazing it could be on a day when I’m in the mood to make up fresh quinoa instead of going with the convenience stuff.

 

 

Quinoa Quiche (adapted from Queen of Quinoa)

2 packages quinoa/brown rice Near East brand (I used Rosemary with Garlic Oil)
12 eggs
1 c. buttermilk
1 c. milk
8 baby carrots, minced
1 shallot, minced
1/2 bag baby spinach
1/2 c. grated parmesian

Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray 13-9 baking dish with olive oil.

Mix together eggs, buttermilk, milk, seasoning packets, brown rice quinoa (that you have rinsed well), and stir with whisk. Stir in spinach

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and pour into prepared dish.

Cover with foil and cook covered 1 hour 20 minutes. Remove foil and sprinkle with parmesian.

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Bake until set. (Toothpick comes out clean) About 15 more minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and broil until golden.

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I am experimenting with new grains. Yesterday millet, today quinoa. For breakfast no less. I would say this would make an excellent side dish for a brunch or dinner. My oldest complained that it was ‘to health tasting’ for breakfast, but it was delicious and the others deemed it blogworthy. I served with sliced apples, grapes, and a little sour cream topped with hot sauce. I think it would be yummy with salsa too.

Variations: Different veggies (broccoli would be good); different cheeses; different seasonings; different sauces.

This would definitely be a nice pot luck dish to bring!

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