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Brown Rice Recipes That Won't Bore You To Death

We promise they won't put you to sleep.

While brown rice doesn't scream excitement, there's not a more hearty and satisfying rice. Brown rice is worth your attention. Hey, we see you nodding off. Wake back up! We've come to show you the amazing ways brown rice can improve your weeknight dinners, work lunches and overall well-being. The force is strong with brown rice. You just need to know how to make it exciting.

The first step is knowing how to cook brown rice. Sounds like a no-brainer, but one reason brown rice might have a bad rap is that people often don't cook it correctly. According to Martha Stewart, the two-to-one water-to-rice ratio that you'll find on the back of a bag or box of rice isn't the best. Martha suggests using 1 1/4 cups of water to one cup of rice for long-grain brown rice, and 1 1/2 cups of water to one cup of rice for short-grain brown rice. She also thinks that 30 minutes is an appropriate cooking time -- not the 50 minutes that is typically recommended. Finally, Martha suggests letting your rice stand for 10 minutes and fluffing it with a fork right before serving.

When cooked correctly, brown rice is comforting, nourishing and tasty all in one. Unmilled, or whole grain, brown rice has a nutty taste and chewier texture than white rice. It's admittedly a blank slate, but that also makes it incredibly versatile. Here are 17 brown rice recipes that will convince you this whole grain is anything but boring.

1
Pineapple Fried Rice
Damn Delicious
Get the Pineapple Fried Rice recipe from Damn Delicious
2
Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers
Minimalist Baker
Get the Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers recipe from Minimalist Baker
3
Chipotle Sweet Potato And Brown Rice Egg Skillet
Naturally Ella
4
Chicken And Brown Rice
Martha Stewart
Get the Chicken And Brown Rice recipe from Martha Stewart
5
Avocado Zucchini Brown Rice Sushi
The Rawesome Vegan Life
Get the Avocado Zucchini Brown Rice Sushi recipe from The Rawesome Vegan Life
6
7 Spice Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls
FoodieCrush
7
Bitchin' Bowl
The Faux Martha
Get the Bitchin' Bowl recipe from The Faux Martha
8
Carrot-Ginger Brown Rice
The Faux Martha
Get the Carrot-Ginger Brown Rice recipe from The Faux Martha
9
Brown Rice, Oat And Nut Veggie Burger
Naturally Ella
10
Mushroom Rice Pilaf
Savy Naturalista
Get the Mushroom Rice Pilaf recipe from Savy Naturalista
11
Curried Butternut Squash And Brown Rice Skillet
Naturally Ella
12
Sunshine Bowl With Sunflower Seed Tahini Sauce
Feasting At Home
13
Brown Rice Jambalaya-ish
Food52
Get the Brown Rice Jambalaya-ish recipe by healthierkitchen from Food52
14
Creamy Cauliflower Garlic Rice
Pinch Of Yum
Get the Creamy Cauliflower Garlic Rice recipe from Pinch Of Yum
15
Dirty Brown Rice With Shrimp
Skinny Taste
Get the Dirty Brown Rice With Shrimp recipe from Skinny Taste
16
Brown Rice Greek Salad
The Lemon Bowl
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17
Easy Brown Rice Risotto With Mushrooms And Fresh Oregano
Cookie + Kate

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