How to Spice Up Plain Brown Rice Healthfully

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How to Spice Up Plain Brown Rice Healthfully
Add spicy lentils to brown rice for a healthy, hearty meal. (Eising/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Brown rice is a nutritious, high-fibre grain choice that makes a healthy side dish for your favourite entrées. However, with a little creative spicing up, a bowl of plain brown rice becomes a meal in itself. Your options for adding flavour to brown rice extend far beyond the usual salt and pepper. Nuts, flavoured oils and Asian spices give brown rice a burst of flavour, while fruits and vegetables provide added nutrition and round out the meal.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn brown rice into a spicy Indian-inspired dish by sprinkling on curry powder, turmeric, cardamom and ginger. Toss in a handful of golden raisins and a handful of cashews. Serve with a side of plain yoghurt and peeled, chopped cucumbers.

  2. 2

    Sprinkle brown rice with red pepper flakes and freshly-ground black pepper. Add a dash of hot sauce for extra spice.

  3. 3

    Boil brown rice with chopped garlic cloves to add a spicy bite. After cooking, drizzle the rice with fresh-squeezed lime juice. Add a handful of sunflower kernels and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast, which provides B-vitamins and a cheesy, nutty flavour.

  4. 4

    Sautee 1 cup of cooked brown rice with 1 tsp sesame oil, 1/2 tsp chilli pepper oil, 1 tbsp sesame seeds and 1 tsp fresh ginger for a healthy twist on Chinese food.

  5. 5

    Sautee spicy mustard greens in olive oil. Add a pinch of coarse salt, freshly-ground black pepper, red pepper flakes and hot sauce. Stir the greens into brown rice to create a nutritional powerhouse in a bowl.

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