As the days get shorter and the weather cooler, it’s time to take a look at our fall diets.  In the summer, lighter grains are best: e.g., quinoa and millet. In the fall and summer, it’s time to introduce heartier grains into the mix, such as brown rice and oats, which are more filling and emotionally grounding. My personal favorite? Brown rice.

A lot of my clients are intimidated by making brown rice. Yes, I admit it takes longer to make than white rice. But it’s so much more delicious! Plus, you’re getting all sorts of added nutrients, fiber… all of which would be stripped away to make white rice. You don’t actually have to do anything while it cooks… Often, when I get home from work, as soon as I walk in the door I’ll put on the rice and then, while it cooks, shower, change, open mail, etc.  By the time I’m ready to eat dinner, my rice is ready!

Brown rice is quite easy to use as leftovers. Once it’s cooled, just store it in a plastic container. You can safely store it for about 5 days. To reheat, either microwave or (even better) heat it up in a pan with a bit of water.

Below is my time-tested recipe for a perfect pot of brown rice. Every stove, every pot is different, so it may take you a few tries to get it perfect. But don’t give up! It’s okay if you burn your rice.

Perfect Pot of Brown Rice

2 c water*
1 c brown rice
1/2 tsp salt

Place rice in a strainer/colander. Rinse under cool water.

Bring water and salt to boil, add rice. Once it starts boiling again, reduce to low heat so it’s barely simmering. (On a gas stove, it’s generally the lowest heat possible). Cover. Set a timer for 50 minutes–walk away and do something else: cook your other foods, watch tv, read a book, anything. After timer goes off, turn off burner. (if using an electric stove, physically remove the pot from the burner; for a gas stove, it’s okay to leave it there). Let sit for 10 minutes. Do not uncover the pot until the 10 minutes have elapsed.

Uncover, stir, and salt to taste. ENJOY!

*You can also used part water, part chicken/vegetable broth