Bake in the oven. 1 part rice to 2 parts water, covered with foil for 1 hour.
Makes 4 servings.
Make a salad: For each serving or cup of cooked rice: Add 1/2 c. nonfat plain greek yogurt, 1 c. red seedless grapes sliced in half vertically, 1 T honey, 1/2 cup celery chopped fine, 1/4 t. cinnamon, 1/4 t. nutmeg. Mix and refrigerate 1 hour. Stir and taste. Add more honey at this point if desired.
You wait because the sliced grapes will give up natural fructose to the dish. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts before serving.
Another thing I like to do in the baking dish is add 4 T. unsweetened grated coconut, 2 servings dried unsweetened cherries and cinnamon and nutmeg. After it is baked, I check to be sure rice if done. If not I add a little more water before I add 2 chopped apples and 2 servings sliced almonds and return to the oven for about 10 minutes.
I call this recipe Holiday grains and use it for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. For company dinner, before the final baking, I mix in the apples and almonds, and dish into individual souffle dishes. I cover and bake. Nice touch.
I always bake 1 cup of grains just for me, then it is ready to go into other dishes.
So if you are prepping for your family, you might want to bake more than 1 cup of brown rice at a time.
I think the best thing to do to get your family to eat it is first in a casserole or stir fry where it is mixed in. So for stir fry, I start with mushrooms, onion, some cooked edamame, a cooked dried legume which might be lentils, cannellini, or chick peas, broccoli, roma tomatoes. I add some miso paste for flavor and to make a broth, then add the rice. The miso reduces, flavors and colors the rice.
Start with just a small amount of rice, maybe 1 cup for a dish for 4 people.
If that goes over well, add more the next time. Eventually, you will be able to make the stir fry and serve over a bed of rice instead of incorporating it into the stir fry.
Also, try an aromatic rice like Lundberg golden rose brown rice, or Weihani, or Christmas rice. Be sure the family is around smelling that cook before you put it into a dish.
You can always make what I call a pilaf. It's probably NOT a pilaf. Ok, to have a mess of chopped fine veggies that the family DOES like, like onion, carrot, musthroom, spinach. Pulse the veggies in the food processor so there are no large pieces. Mix the veggies into the baking dish with the uncooked rice and water. I would also add either 1 tsp. miso paste or 2 Vegan Vegetable Bouillon no salt added blocks to the water to flavor the pilaf. Serve with chopped walnuts for a complete meal.
Edited by: BRAVELUTE at: 2/23/2013 (14:44)
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