How To Cook Brown Rice Perfectly and Zucchini and Garlic Brown Rice
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Recipe type: Sides
Serves: 4-6
Oven Baked Brown Rice:
  • 1½ cups long grain brown rice
  • 1 Tablespoon butter or oil
  • 2⅓ cups boiling water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Zucchini and Garlic Brown Rice Addition:
  • ½ - 1 Tablespoon olive oil or butter
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 medium zucchini, grated
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt, ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread the rice out in an 8 inch square baking dish. Add the butter, boiling water and salt on top of the rice.
  2. Cover the baking dish with a lid or foil and bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven.
  3. Fluff with a fork. Don't mash it all up with a big wooden spoon. The trick here is to fluff. With a fork.
While the rice is baking, prep the rest of the ingredients.
  1. During the last 15 minutes of baking, heat the oil in a skillet. Add the onion, season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat until the onions are tender and starting to turn lightly golden.
  2. Add the grated zucchini, season with salt and pepper and cook for another 3-5 minutes. The zucchini should still be vibrantly green.
  3. Clear a space in the middle of the skillet, add a little bit of oil and add the minced garlic. Cook for about 30 seconds, stirring it around. Mix the garlic in with the zucchini and onion.
  4. When the rice has finished cooking, add the sautéed vegetables to the rice, along with the minced parsley and mix to combine. Serve warm.
  5. Reheat rice on the stovetop or the microwave.
Other additions to rice to consider:

bell peppers
green beans
sun dried tomatoes
any herbs - dill, cilantro, rosemary, thyme, oregano, etc.
lemon or lime juice and/or zest
pine nuts, almonds
Parmesan cheese
Recipe by Olga's Flavor Factory at