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Easiest Brown Rice

This is my go-to recipe for brown rice, which I’ve come to prefer over white rice for non-Asian style dishes. It’s absolutely foolproof, as the base recipe from America’s Test Kitchen indicates [paywall].

While I most often make this recipe exactly as written below, I’ve added a dash of garlic powder, or a can of black beans and some cumin, or some fresh garlic, or fresh herbs at the end. All these variations are great, and don’t add much complexity or increase prep time significantly.

As the photo I’ve used here shows, you can also gussy up however you like before serving. This picture shows the rice with a quick sauce I made with olives, garlic, tomatoes, and anchovies. It was awesome.

So bookmark this recipe because you’re going to want to keep coming back to it if you’ve been making brown rice any other way!

Easiest Brown Rice
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This recipe is based on America's Test Kitchen's Foolproof Oven-Baked Brown Rice. I use it all the time, and have been making it for years.
Servings Prep Time
6 cups 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 cups 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 5 minutes
Easiest Brown Rice
Print Recipe
This recipe is based on America's Test Kitchen's Foolproof Oven-Baked Brown Rice. I use it all the time, and have been making it for years.
Servings Prep Time
6 cups 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 cups 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F with a rack roughly in the middle.
  2. Bring the water (or replace with stock) to a boil. I use my electric kettle since it's much faster than my stove, but do what moves you!
  3. In an 8" square baking dish, covered casserole, or pot, add the rice, salt, and butter. Once the water is boiling, add to the dish and immediately cover tightly with foil or the dish's lid. If the lid isn't tight-fitting, use a sheet of foil under the lid and fold it down over the dish's sides. You need all that moisture trapped in there!
  4. Bake for an hour. Let rest for 5 minutes. Then fluff with a fork. I actually like to use a serving fork with really wide tines to avoid gumminess. Then enjoy!
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Italian Stir Fry

Italian Stir Fry
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Servings Prep Time
1 person 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 person 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Italian Stir Fry
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Servings Prep Time
1 person 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 person 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: person
Instructions
  1. Heat skillet over medium-high. Add olive oil.
  2. When olive oil is shimmery, add kale, salt, black pepper, and red pepper (to taste). Stir occasionally, cooking for about five minutes.
  3. Add cabbage and carrots and continue to stir occasionally, cooking for another five minutes.
  4. Once vegetables have browned and wilted slightly, add tomato sauce and rice. Stir occasionally until everything is heated through.
  5. Add water if necessary to loosen to desired consistency. I like to add just a little too much water and then reduce down until slightly thickened.
  6. Serve with plenty of parmesan and drizzle with olive oil if desired.
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Cleaning Out the Freezer

imageI’ve been meaning to clean out my freezer for several months now and just haven’t gotten to it. It’s full of chicken carcasses, vegetable trimmings, leftover tomato sauce, and frozen fruit. While it’s clear I need to make chicken stock, I started this task much too late in the day to complete that. I decided I’d round-up the loose bananas, apple slices, IQF pineapple and strawberries, and coconut milk, and then portion the fruit into sandwich bags so I can easily make smoothies in the morning.

I made up six bags, so I’m all set for this week. I also needed a little snack today, so whipped up a smoothie this afternoon using one of my bags. I’ve seen so-called smoothie bowls cropping up on YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and in my Feedly feed and have been meaning to try out the concept. I took one of my bags and mixed in my NutriBullet with a bit of water. I poured into a bowl and topped with some cashews, dried cranberries, chocolate chips, and Mandarin segments. Not quite as photogenic as those Pinterest beauties, but I’m a believer! What a great, simple idea. I’ll definitely be making another smoothie bowl in the near future.

Cleaning Out the Freezer
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Servings Prep Time
1 person 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 person 5 minutes
Cleaning Out the Freezer
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Servings Prep Time
1 person 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 person 5 minutes
Ingredients
Toppings
Servings: person
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the smoothie ingredients in a blender. Adjust the amount of water based on blender requirements and desired thickness. Blend and place in a serving bowl.
  2. Arrange Toppings as desired and enjoy!
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