Cristi DeMarco’s Wellness Weblog

Health Info You Should Know.

Go Grain Recipes

Brown Rice

1 cup brown rice

2 cups water

Rinse the rice in a mesh strainer.  Put rice and water in a pot and bring to a boil for one minute.  Turn the heat to low, cover and simmer for 45-60 minutes.  The cooking time and exact heat will vary with your pot, electric or gas stove, so if the water is cooking away before 45 minutes or if your rice is still crunchy after 45-60 minutes you need to cook it on a lower heat.  To save the current batch, just add small amounts of water and cook until it’s soft.  Once you figure it out, this is something you can start first with food prep and not worry about until everything else is done and you are ready to eat!


1 cup quinoa

2 cups water, vegetable or chicken stock for added flavor

Rinse the quinoa in a mesh strainer.  I am lazy with rinsing the brown rice at times but quinoa will have a more bitter taste if you skip this step.  Boil the liquid first and then add the quinoa, turn heat to low and simmer for about 15-20 minutes until the quinoa looks translucent.  You can dry roast it in skillet for a few minutes first to bring out a nutty flavor and again reduce bitterness.  Doing this with some onion, garlic, and herbs tastes great too.


1 cup millet

3 cups water or some mixture of water and veggie/chicken stock

Rinse millet in a mesh strainer.  Boil the liquid first and then add the millet, turn the heat to low, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.  This is another one that you can dry roast in a skillet for a nutty flavor and get creative with seasoning.  Have fun experimenting!


May 11, 2010 - Posted by | health info you should know, nutrition, recipes, self-care | , ,

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