This winter I've been drawn to bringing more whole grains into my diet. I've always intellectually understood that they're better for me than processed grains but I'd never actually craved them until I was introduced to Massa Organics' Brown Rice last fall. And now I honestly don't know how I managed to feed myself without a large pot of this delicious, nutty rice in my refrigerator. Read on for my favorite recipe!Careful readers will remember that Rachel Cole in her Single Busy Girl's Kitchen Tour
said that Massa Organics Rice "will convert anyone who thinks they don't like healthfood. It can do anything white rice can do." Sara Kate has also caught the fever
, mail-ordering 20 pound bags for her New York City kitchen.
Massa Organics' rice is chewy, nutty and not at all heavy or gummy. Greg Massa says that their rice, a medium grain Calrose, is the same as most rice grown in California. Besides being organic, what sets Massa Organics' rice apart from others is that it's left to fully mature on the plant before it is harvested. This contributes to its sweet, nutty flavor.
I cook up a large pot of Massa Organics' rice on Sunday night and since it reheats beautifully, it's always handy for quick, delicious meals as the busy week unfolds. Some of the things I use it for are in a stir-fry, in soups or even heated up with a little milk, cinnamon and a touch of sugar as a breakfast pudding.
Here's a favorite recipe of late, one that I make for breakfast lunch or dinner, whenevr I'm pressed for time but still want something delicious and nurturing.
Quick and Heathy Egg Bowl
If you have a little more time, you can add more vegetables like chopped carrots or chard (cook them for about 3 minutes first before adding the green onion.) You can also spice this up by adding garlic, ginger, peppers or even a touch of curry powder. Cooked chicken or salmon are a nice addition, as well as tofu. But really, you can eat this just as it is and you will be very happy and satisfied.
1 to 2 T oilve oil
one green onion, thinly sliced
1 cup cooked Massa Organics brown rice
salt and pepper
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 or 2 large eggs
Heat the olive oil in a small frying pan over low heat. Add the onion and cook for about one minute, until the onion turns bright green. Add the rice, season with salt and pepper and stir gently until rice is hot. Add the peas and cook until peas heat through and are bright green.
Spread the rice in an even layer over the bottom of the frying pan. Crack the egg(s) into a small bowl and carefully transfer them to the top of the rice layer. Season with salt and pepper and cover. Cook the egg to your desired doneness (I prefer a runny yolk.)
Carefully spoon into your favorite bowl and enjoy!
Related: Help Me Enjoy Brown Rice!
(Image: Dana Velden)