How can I spruce up brown rice or Quinoa?

Question by Anais: How can I spruce up brown rice or Quinoa?
My husband and I are trying to eat healthier and cook at home more. Today we are making grilled salmon fillet with shredded salad and brown rice but the brown rice always tastes so bland. Does anyone have any ideas on how to make it taste better? We like quinoa too. I know I can find recipes online but just wondering if any of you have a special recipe that you like. Thanks!

Best answer:

Answer by Janice P
I say add spices that you like to spruce up anything you eat to make it taste Better.
I found you a few links

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6 thoughts on “How can I spruce up brown rice or Quinoa?”

  1. I eat heaps of brown rice,don’t know about Quinoa.Has’nt reached our shores yet. We can’t have salt so we use Lemon Juice,which improves flavor of most things. With the rice you can also use Soy Sauce,and if you want yet more flavor try a fish sauce(from chinese food shop).
    Also I get heaps of help from Enjoy!

  2. Baja black beans and rice

    6 cups cooked brown rice
    1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
    1 (15 ounce) can corn, drained
    4 fresh tomatoes, diced
    1/2 cup red onion, chopped
    1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
    1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
    2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
    2 dashes hot sauce
    1Cook brown rice.
    2In a medium bowl, combine black beans, corn, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice, oil, salt, pepper and hot sauce.
    3To serve, Place a scoop of hot rice in a bowl or on a plate, top with a generous scoop of the black bean mixture.
    4Stir together before eating.

    Honey glazed chicken tacos with mango rice

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    1 ripe mango, stoned and chopped
    2 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
    4 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
    7 ounces whole grain rice
    1 tablespoon rapeseed oil
    7 ounces boneless skinless chicken breasts, chopped into 1in pieces
    1 teaspoon chicken seasoning
    1 yellow pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
    1 small zucchini, finely chopped
    2 tablespoons clear honey
    8 taco shells
    1Preheat the oven to 400°F
    2Cook the rice according to pack instructions.
    3Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan or wok and cook the chicken for 2-3 minutes, stirring in the seasoning, until the chicken starts to colour.
    4Add the pepper and zucchini and continue cooking for a further 7-8 minutes, until the vegetables are soft and the chicken is cooked through. Stir in the honey and allow to bubble for 1 minute to coat the ingredients.
    5Place the taco shells directly on the oven shelf and heat through for 2-3 minutes.
    6Stir the mango pieces into the rice. Pile the chicken mixture into the taco shells and top with a little cheese and soured cream.
    7Serve with the mango rice.

  3. add some black beans, salsa, and corn.

    also teriyaki sauce

    mango salsa

    ranch dressing

    lemon juice

    cook it in chicken broth

  4. I am in the same boat as you! I’m trying to cook and eat healthier myself. I was told by some family members to use a good chicken broth instead of water when making the brown rice. A good broth to use is Pacific Natural Foods Free Range Chicken Broth (low sodium).
    As far as a recipe goes, I just experiment with different spices and veggies. So far, my favorite is just adding some diced ripe tomatoes and a little basil mixed with the rice.

    Good luck! 🙂

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