Finally……a blog post about fitness and nutrition and not just about me and pregnancy!!!
Can it be true? You don’t have to wait 45 minutes for brown rice!
There are a few different options to make brown rice in a hurry!! I’ll show you the options from best to worst!
My favorite option, MAKE EXTRA AND FREEZE!!
I found this in Real Simple Magazine (April 2011) and found it brilliant! Now, when I make fresh brown rice for dinner, I make extra and freeze it!
- I found these freezable BALL canning jars at our base’s commissary and they’re my new favorites! (I bought the 4 oz for breast milk and I’ll blog about that later if it works out!)
- For rice, I got 16 oz containers. That’s 2 cups. My husband’s serving is usually a cup and that leaves another cup for me and FITbaby to share!
- Wait until the rice has cooled, fill the jars, freeze. It saves for three months.
- I also bought freezer labels to use on my freezer foods. I put the date that I made the food and the expiration date also!
Reheat instructions: When you’re ready to reheat, the Real Simple article recommends adding 1-2 T water, covering the container with a wet paper towel and microwave on high for 1-3 minutes (depending on portion size). Fluff and repeat as needed. Let stand for 2 minutes before fluffing again and serving.
Next best option, BUY FROZEN!
You can buy frozen brown rice with only one or two ingredients: water, brown rice. Not all stores carry it though. I have had a hard time finding this at certain stores. And, it’s more expensive than a bag of uncooked rice, so the first option is still my favorite.
Another alternative, but it’s not recommended…UNCLE BEN’S READY PACKETS.
This option will suffice if there are no other options. BUT beware! Read the ingredients. (This goes for everything you eat!) Don’t be fooled by the Uncle Ben’s Ready Whole Grain Medley flavors. This is the ingredient list from the Brown & Wild variety….
INGREDIENTS: WATER; WHOLE GRAIN PARBOILED BROWN RICE; WILD RICE; WHOLE GRAIN RED RICE; CANOLA OIL AND/OR SUNFLOWER OIL†; HYDROLYZED SOY/CORN/WHEAT PROTEIN; VEGETABLES (GARLIC*, ONION*, PARSLEY*, SPINACH*, CELERY*, TOMATO*, CARROT*); SUGAR; AUTOLYZED YEAST EXTRACT; YEAST EXTRACT; SALT; POTASSIUM CHLORIDE; SPICES; NATURAL FLAVORS; SMOKE FLAVOR; TURMERIC (COLOR). *DRIED. †Adds a trivial amount of saturated fat.
Too many ingredients for me. It could be worse, BUT it could be better! Look at my first option! You can make brown and wild rice and add your own seasonings and KNOW what’s in your (and your family’s) food!
Is there another food you need a quick, healthy alternative? Do you have another brown rice trick? Was this helpful?