If there's one food staple that can be prepared ahead of time and then pressed into service in moments, it would have to be rice. And brown rice in particular — domesticated more than 9,000 years ago — is not only the original gluten-free whole grain, but it's been a dietary staple ever since.
Tasty, versatile and nutritious, brown rice is a welcome, economical addition to the whole grains portion of your plate. And the good news is, you can actually freeze and reheat brown rice to use when you're rushed for time, yet want to put delicious, nutritious food on the table.
Here's a tasty selection of brown rice recipes courtesy of USA Rice Federation that definitely help you create meals in moments with time to spare with frozen, fresh and previously cooked.QUICK AND DELICIOUS BROWN RICE RECIPES
Preparing Brown Rice:
When cooking brown rice, always follow package directions; if they are not available, use this easy method:
- 1 cup (250 ml) uncooked brown rice
- 2 to 2-1/4 cups (550 ml) liquid such as water, broth, or juice
- 1 tsp. (5 ml) butter or margarine, optional
Combine ingredients in 2 to 3 quart (2 to 3 L) saucepan. Bring to a boil; stir once or twice. Reduce heat, cover, simmer 45 to 50 minutes, or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Fluff with fork. Yield: 3 to 4 cups (750 mL to 1 L).
How to Freeze and Reheat Brown Rice:
Cool cooked rice about 20 minutes on a flat surface, such as a baking sheet. Divide cooled rice into single-serve freezer bags or containers. Freeze.
To reheat: Transfer rice to a microwave-safe container, add 1 to 2 Tbsp. (15-30ml) water for each cup, cover and heat in 1 minute increments for about 3 to 5 minutes until steaming. Fluff and serve.
Note: You do not need to thaw rice before reheating