Healthy Brown Rice Recipes

Brown rice is one of those good-for-you ingredients that we absolutely love. It’s whole-grain and full of fiber — and the culinary possibilities are endless. Whether you add chicken and make it a meal or turn it into a stand-alone dish, you’ll find that brown rice always cooks up delicious and satisfying.

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Trail Mix Citrus Pilaf

We love a good shortcut — like this sweet-and-savory side made with quick-cooking microwavable brown rice. Even the flavorings add-ins come with a timesaving trick: use trail mix!

Get the Recipe: Trail Mix Citrus Pilaf

Healthy Chicken Fajita Stuffed Peppers

Get all the zesty flavors of sizzling fajitas in a healthy, chicken-and-rice-stuffed pepper that's easy enough for a weeknight meal.

Get the Recipe: Healthy Chicken Fajita Stuffed Peppers

Fried Rice with Bacon

A great way to use up leftover brown rice from your meal prep, this recipe turns plain grains into a healthier version of a takeout favorite.

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Turkey, Kale and Brown Rice Soup

Not only is this hearty soup loaded with good-for-you ingredients that will keep you full (like brown rice and kale) but it’s easy to make too. It comes together in just 55 minutes — in one pot!

Get the Recipe: Turkey, Kale and Brown Rice Soup

Mock Risotto

A combination of barley and brown rice make this a hearty, no-fuss mock risotto. Packed with vegetables and given a little bit of creaminess from reduced fat cream cheese, this is a perfect vegetarian main dish or side dish.

Get the Recipe: Mock Risotto

Frozen Vegetarian Burritos

If you're in a rush, these make-ahead, rice-and-veggie burritos will come to the rescue! Just wrap your frozen burrito in parchment paper and microwave on high 4 to 5 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Make-it-don't-buy-it Frozen Vegetarian Burritos

Cajun Rice Salad with Shrimp and Okra

In this salad, okra is cooked quickly to keep it from becoming mushy, yet long enough to release the natural thickeners that help form a salad dressing and keep the rice moist.

Get the Recipe: Cajun Rice Salad with Shrimp and Okra

15-Minute Chicken, Rice and Grape Salad

Brown rice makes a nutty, chewy base for this salad and is a nice foil for sweet grapes and fresh greens. Using frozen precooked rice makes the whole dish doable in 15 minutes. The creamy dressing comes together quickly in the blender.

Get the Recipe: 15-Minute Chicken, Rice and Grape Salad

Baked Orange Chicken and Brown Rice

Brown rice is the secret to turning chicken thighs into a complete meal with ease. The two cook together in a baking dish (along with chicken broth, orange juice and sautéed onions) for a a delicious, high-protein, whole-grain meal.

Get the Recipe: Baked Orange Chicken and Brown Rice

Slow-Cooker Coconut Brown Rice Pudding

Rice's natural starch (helped along with a bit of coconut milk) turns into creamy, surprisingly light rice pudding with sweet floral flavor from coconut water. Set out a toppings bar of dried fruits, toasted nuts, shredded coconut and seeds and let everyone personalize their own bowl.

Get the Recipe: Slow-Cooker Coconut Brown Rice Pudding

Sesame Rice with Warm Brussels Sprout-Shiitake Slaw and Smoky Tahini Dressing

This healthy rice and Brussels sprout recipe is tasty enough to convert even those who aren’t sure about healthy eating. The flavors of shitake and sesame shine through, making the dish savory — and undeniably delicious.

Get the Recipe: Sesame Rice with Warm Brussels Sprout-Shiitake Slaw and Smoky Tahini Dressing

Whole-Grain Mushroom and Kimchi Brown Rice

Turn brown rice into a very flavorful (and low-fat) side dish with the help of kimchi, a spicy fermented Korean condiment. A little kimchi goes a long way, so it’s a great ingredient to keep on hand and use whenever you need an extra pop of flavor.

Get the Recipe: Whole-Grain Mushroom and Kimchi Brown Rice

Chicken, Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

This casserole is super satisfying and creamy and uses a great trick to cut out extra butter and oil: Instead of making the traditional roux with butter, the cream sauce is thickened with a little flour.

Get the Recipe: Chicken, Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

Turkey-and-Rice Stuffed Peppers

Brown rice is the perfect ingredient for filling stuffed peppers. It’s hearty and satisfying — and plays well with a variety of different flavors. We’re using dill, feta and garlic for a Mediterranean-inspired twist.

Get the Recipe: Turkey-and-Rice Stuffed Peppers

Healthy Squash and Kale Casserole

This veggie-packed, low-calorie casserole uses a combination of full-fat Swiss and Parmesan-and a little goes a long way, cutting down on the fat without sacrificing flavor. Serve with a green salad on the side to round out the meal.

Get the Recipe: Healthy Squash and Kale Casserole

Middle Eastern-Style Chicken, Veggies and Rice

What could be better than using your brown rice as the base of a delicious, healthy, one-dish meal? Better yet, this one comes together quickly (we use microwavable brown rice and rotisserie chicken) and is packed with flavor.

Get the Recipe: Middle Eastern-Style Chicken, Veggies and Rice

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