11 Tasty Brown Rice Dishes To Complete Your Meal

It may not be the flashiest ingredient, but brown rice is one of the healthiest and most versatile grains you can cook. It’s a simple yet delicious way to add some whole grains to your diet. Whether you’re looking for a light and tasty dish to pair with your favorite protein or a loaded bowl that doubles as a meal, these eleven recipes will have you reaching for that bag of brown rice every time.

1. Red Lentil Lemon Rice

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This Red Lentil Lemon Rice has a nice balance of flavors from the zesty lemon, earthy lentils, and nutty brown rice. Combining lentils and brown rice creates a complete protein, which I’m sure a lot of vegans would appreciate.

2. Instant Pot Lentils And Rice

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This lentils and rice recipe is delicious as a plant-based meal or even a wonderful side dish. Either way, it’s a great dish.

3. Mexican Rice

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This wonderfully simple Mexican rice recipe is the perfect side dish for Taco Tuesdays. Serve it with just about any Mexican dish you make for a main course.

4. Salsa Rice

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This salsa rice makes a great side dish for many main courses, and you only need a few basic ingredients.

5. Brown Rice Parmesan

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This brown rice parmesan recipe is a delicious new way to serve brown rice. You get some vegetables in it, but really only taste the rice and cheese. So it’s great for those who don’t like vegetables.

6. Rice Pilaf

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This rice pilaf recipe makes a wonderful side dish for almost any main course. It goes great with chicken, fish, pork, beef, or even lamb or venison.

7. Spaghetti Rice With Spinach

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This spaghetti rice with spinach recipe is a simple, easy dish the kids will actually eat.

8. Greek Rice Bowl

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This Greek rice bowl recipe is a wonderful meal for one and a great way to use up leftover brown rice.

9. Healthy Pork Fried Rice

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Pork fried rice is a popular dish, to be sure. But the stuff you get in restaurants is a stroke in a bowl. Not very appetizing if you ask me. So I made this healthy pork fried rice that is much better and just as tasty.

10. Mushroom Brown Rice Bowl

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This mushroom brown rice bowl is a delicious and filling meal. You can enjoy it all by itself or serve it with a side salad.

11. Instant Pot Coconut Rice

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This Instant Pot coconut rice makes a delicious side dish for any Thai meal.

Sick Of The Same Ol’ Chicken For Dinner? Here Are 101 New Ways To Make It!

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Having chicken for dinner… again? Here are 101 new ways to level up your dinner game tonight.

Healthy Ground Turkey Dinner Ideas That Actually Taste Good

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Lean ground turkey is a great replacement for ground beef if you are working on your health. Here, we give you 17 Meals with ground turkey that are surprisingly good for you.

While You’re Cooking, Prep Breakfast For Tomorrow Too. It Only Takes 5 Minutes!

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Prepping overnight oats the night before is a fantastic way to ensure that your morning runs smoothly. These delicious oatmeal recipes are prepped in just 5 minutes. In fact, you can even make homemade oatmeal packets with these recipes, so all you have to do is grab a packet and get it in the fridge.

This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

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