Fitness

Brown Rice for Breakfast

March 9 2016 | CeCe Olisa

So many of you were inspired by my Quinoa for Breakfast post, I thought I’d bring you a new healthy breakfast option, brown rice for breakfast!

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Why Brown Rice?

Worlds Healthiest Foods sums it up well: The health benefits of brown rice continue with its fiber, which has been shown to reduce high cholesterol levels, one more way brown rice helps prevent atherosclerosis. Fiber also helps out by keeping blood sugar levels under control (PCOS girls, take note!)

I am obsessed with this recipe because it’s super easy, customizable and delicious. For me, the toasted sesame oil is the secret flavor here, but I’ll let you try it out and decide for yourself.

I’ll give you the rundown of how I made my brown rice breakfast bowl and I’ve got a few additional tips for you down below!

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INGREDIENTS

  1. scallions, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
  2. ounces curly spinach, stemmed (8 packed cups)
  3. ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  4. ¼ teaspoon pepper
  5. tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  6. tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  7. teaspoons toasted sesame seeds, plus more for garnish (I didn’t have sesame seeds, so I added sunflower seeds for crunch)
  8. cups cooked brown rice, warm
  9. avocado, thinly sliced
  10. radishes, thinly sliced

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Step 1

Cook the scallions in a large skillet over medium, add the spinach, salt, and pepper and cook just until wilted, about 1 minute. Note: I cooked my brown rice ahead of time, so I warmed it up in the skillet during this step.

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Step 2

Whisk the oil, vinegar, and sesame seeds in a small bowl. I didn’t have sesame seeds so I used sunflower seeds.

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Step 3

Slice radishes and avocado, thinly

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Step 4

Divide the brown rice, spinach mixture, avocado, and radishes in the bowls. Garnish with scallions and sesame seeds. Drizzle with the sesame dressing and serve warm, with more dressing on the side.

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Optional

Top with a fried egg for protein!

Additional Tips: If you want to save time, make a pot of brown rice the night before and reheat once the other ingredients are ready. If you’re making this for one or two people, you could also get frozen brown rice from your grocery store, I like frozen brown rice because it has smaller portions and cooks in a few minutes.

You can also, try other green vegetables in your bowl: Broccoli, zucchini, and Swiss chard all work well.

Is this something you would eat? If you try this recipe be sure to tag me on instagram @CeCeOlisa

Modified from a Real Simple recipe

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4 responses on “Brown Rice for Breakfast

  1. mara

    Interesting and it looks tasty – love anything with a little avocado (healthy fats are great) – just wondering though did you mean sunflower seeds because those look like sunflower not sesame.

  2. gedakt@gmail.com

    Interesting and it looks tasty – love anything with a little avocado (healthy fats are great) – just wondering though did you mean sunflower seeds because those look like sunflower not sesame.

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