If you want to use more whole grains, definitely invest in a rice cooker. You can get a simple one (one-button) for like $20, or a fancier, programmable one for around $100. Mine gets used almost every day -- it's programmable, so I add the brown rice and it soaks all day, then starts cooking when I programmed it to. I come home and it's freshly made! The best part is that the rice is never mushy or dry, and it even tells you how much water to use.
It also cooks a ton of other grains: I've made oatmeal (from whole oats), wheat berries, and even polenta (SO easy with a rice cooker -- you don't have to worry that it'll burn and keep stirring it). It also makes great stews and can steam veggies while your grains are cooking.
Definitely think about adding it to your kitchen if you find yourself getting into whole grains!
- 5/13/2009 9:47:19 AM