Brown rice update

Contributed by Preston Maring, MD

Brown rice update

The more I talk to different groups of people, the more I hear about the importance of making cooking good food easy to do. 

For a recent brown rice revelation, I parboiled it then finished it in the oven. At least one person pointed out I wasn't being very green that way because it uses a lot of energy unless you are also using the oven for another dish simultaneously.

Here's another alternative that requires only a little forethought on a day off.


  • Water
  • 4 to 5 cups of brown rice


  1. Simply bring a big pot of water to a boil. 
  2. Add 4 to 5 cups of brown rice. Simmer it for about 30 minutes then drain it in a colander. 
  3. Freeze some in serving size packages or keep some in a storage container in the refrigerator. 
  4. When you want to use it, simply add 1/4 the amount of water as the amount of rice you want in a saucepan. 
  5. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 10 minutes. 
  6. Done. Works well. Nothing to it.