I was selected to take part in the Brown Rice Blogger Challenge, and I was really excited to do it! I like rice and I know that brown rice is far more nutritious than white rice, so I was happy to get the chance to try some new recipes using it.

These are the rice varieties I was given to work with…

LONG GRAIN:Grains are slender and typically four to five times as long as they are wide and should be at least 3/8 inch (7 mm) in length. Long grain rice cooks into fluffy, separate grains and is often used in entrées, in soups and pilafs or as a side dish.
MEDIUM GRAIN:Wider and shorter than long grain rice, these rice varieties are generally two to three times longer than wide and average about 1/4 inch (5 to 6 mm) in length. Cooked medium grains have a moister and stickier consistency than long grain rice. Medium grain rice is ideal for risottos, desserts and puddings.
SHORT GRAIN:Short grain rice has an almost round appearance. Short grain varieties are typically less than 1/4 inch (4-5 mm) long and 1/8 inch (2.5 mm) wide. These varieties become noticeably starchy/sticky when cooked. In general, short grain rice absorbs less water than long grain rice and is a perfect grain for sushi.

I have an awesome rice steamer, so before I tried making my recipe for the challenge, I made some of the rice in my steamer to have with one of our meals. I hadn’t tried making brown rice in my steamer before, and it turned out really well. I thought it might end up being hard or sticky, but it really turned out great.

Here is a video about preparing brown rice in the steamer…

Next I had to decide on a recipe. It had to be something you could eat with your hands, so I decided on banana bread. I took one of my favourite banana bread recipes and substituted some of the flour for pureed brown rice. Unfortunately, I didn’t calculate my substitutions very well, and should have added a bit more moisture to the recipe, and probably shouldn’t have overcooked it as much as I did, because it did not turn out very well. I wanted to try another recipe, but time just got away from me. I did find many great brown rice recipes on riceinfo.com.

I think the Southwest Salsa Bites (shown above) looked especially good!



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