12 Delicious Combos For Serving Brown Rice

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Brown rice, with its mild and earthy flavor, pairs incredibly well with so many dishes. Many people prefer white rice over brown rice, but they are missing out on a whole flavor profile that, while delivering exceptional flavor, also offers the nutritional benefits of whole grains. These twelve recipes will help you enjoy more brown rice.

1. Butter Chicken

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As a classic Indian dish, butter chicken‘s creamy and rich texture goes perfectly well with brown rice. Mixing the curry with mild, nutty brown rice is a delicious combo you’ll enjoy again and again.

2. Pork Roast

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Made from a cut of pork, either shoulder or Boston butt, this pork roast is cooked slowly in a slow cooker to achieve wonderful, fork-tender meat.

3. Salsa Verde

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If you crave something tangy, salsa verde made with items like tomatillos, green chili, lime, garlic, and cilantro is a good place to start. Since it has a heartier texture, chewy brown rice perfectly complements this salsa. Its nutritional profile is another benefit, thanks to the use of fresh vegetables and herbs. You can even add some of this to the pot when cooking your rice.

4. Carnitas

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Slow-cooked pork carnitas is a Mexican dish that is wonderful served with a side of brown rice. Cook the rice with some salsa for an extra kick.

5. Orange Chicken

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The sweet and tangy taste of orange chicken makes it a perfect pairing with brown rice. Prepare the orange chicken in just 15 minutes, and serve it over a bed of brown rice.

6. Turkey Chili

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Turkey chili is a thick and chunky dish combining ingredients like ground turkey, beans, and tomatoes. With brown rice, the dish becomes heartier and quite filling. Moreover, if you are health-conscious, this combination will perfectly suit your choices with a high protein and fiber content. 

7. Chicken Stir Fry

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Chicken stir fry cooked with bok choy is a great partner for brown rice. It rounds out the dish nicely and gives you whole grains that will truly fill you up.

8. Citrus Grilled Chicken

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Citrus grilled chicken, cooked to perfection, pairs perfectly with brown rice. A squeeze of orange and a sprinkle of parsley can elevate the dish’s flavors even further. 

9. Lentil Curry

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Lentils cooked with a blend of sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, yellow onions, coconut milk, and oil are a comfort food for many. Mixing the lentil curry with warm brown rice will give you a delicious, comforting dinner that is perfect for a cozy night in. It also provides a source of complete protein for plant-based folks.

10. Garam Masala Red Lentil Stew

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This garam masala red lentil stew recipe is a hearty, tummy-warming bowl of deliciousness. It pairs incredibly well with brown rice, making a hearty, filling meal that practically tucks you into bed with comfort.

11. Teriyaki Salmon

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Teriyaki Salmon is another dish that goes well with brown rice’s nutty flavor. Whether for a quick weeknight dinner or preparing something scrumptious for guests, this versatile combo never disappoints.

12. Bison Stew

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Bion stew, cooked in a slow cooker, is a perfect comfort food for days when temperatures drop. With a blend of flavors, it offers a rich taste that is sure to leave you craving more. The chunks of tender beef with stew vegetables perfectly complement the nutty texture of brown rice.

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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