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Monday, December 01, 2014

Wild and Brown Rice: Gluten free and Healthy

Lundenbergs Wild Blend RiceSure it may cost a little more, but now more than ever we are starting to realize just how much cheaper it is to try and stay healthy than it is to be sick. With that being said, let's talk about wild and brown rice.

What is brown rice? Brown rice is considered a whole grain. Brown rice only has the outermost hull removed.  It has a firmer texture than some other rices, not hard mind you, just more texture. It takes a little longer to cook and a little more water to get the job done. Don't let that stop you as the health benefits make it very worth your while.

 Now my favorite type of brown rice is when it is mixed with wild rice. To me the texture, nutty flavors, all work together beautifully and as stated before the health benefits are a plus.

If you are just trying brown rice or wild rice for the first time I'd recommend looking for a mix of the two and you can find some that have a variety of rice blends. I happen to love the brand pictured here in this post.

To cook this blend, simply warm up some olive oil in a sauce pan that can hold about 6 cups of water. Add the entire contents of package and gently warm until you start smelling a nutty aroma emitting from the pan. Add six cups of water and bring to a rapid boil uncovered for about ten minutes. Stir rice and reduce heat and cover. Do not disturb and check on the rice in 30 minutes or so.

It is done when you taste it and it is no longer hard but may still be firm. There may still be a small amount of water and if so simply drain it off. Add whatever additional flavors you like to this healthy alternative to white rice or potatoes. PS. Did I mention it is gluten free as well? Enjoy!
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