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14 Healthy Brown Rice Recipes

Brown rice is the wholesome, whole-grain way to enjoy healthy rice-based meals. Unlike white rice, brown rice retains all the good stuff -- the healthy bran and germ, which are removed from white rice. These top-rated brown rice recipes will make delicious additions to your healthy dinner collection. 

1. Healthier Kung Pao Chicken

A healthy, easy-to-make version of traditional kung pao chicken with skinless chicken, brown rice, bok choy, and fresh ginger. "Knocked it outta the park with this one," raves Ed L. "Super easy & delicious!"

Healthier Kung Pao Chicken

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

2. Vegetarian Banh Mi Bowls

"This vegetarian bowl version of the beloved Vietnamese banh mi sandwich gets its protein from quinoa and has a kick from a spicy vegetarian mayo sauce," says fabeverydayblog.

Vegetarian Banh Mi Bowls

Photo by fabeverydayblog

3. Grain Bowl with Blackened Shrimp, Avocado, and Black Beans

"This blackened shrimp salad bowl is big and bold in flavor and makes for a low-calorie meal packed with shrimp, brown rice, corn, crisp bell pepper, black beans, and avocado," says Sahara B. "Easy to create with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen/pantry. If you prefer to serve burrito-style, just heat up some flour tortillas and wrap it all up. Either way, it's delish!"

Grain Bowl with Blackened Shrimp, Avocado, and Black Beans

Photo by Sahara B.

4. Pineapple Fried Rice with Ham

"A quick and easy weeknight meal that's so much cheaper, tastier, and healthier than take-out," says Misty Noelle. "It is made with brown rice and lots of vegetables."

Pineapple Fried Rice with Ham

Photo by Misty Noelle

5. Easy Korean Ground Beef Bowl

This quick-and-easy recipe calls for lean ground beef seasoned with green onions, ginger, soy sauce, and sesame served over brown rice. "Korean beef bowls are quick and easy to make," says bd.weld. "The ingredients can easily be adjusted to suit your taste. Serve over warm rice or spiralized vegetables."

Easy Korean Ground Beef Bowl

Photo by bd.weld

6. Garlic Chicken Fried Brown Rice

"Leftover brown rice is reborn in this chicken fried rice with peppers and onions," says JOYCE. "Season with black pepper, paprika, or dried parsley after it's cooked."

Garlic Chicken Fried Brown Rice

Photo by Fit&Healthy Mom

7. Brown Rice Pilaf with Onions and Corn

Here's a simple, 5-ingredient brown rice pilaf with sauteed fresh corn and onions simmered in chicken broth. "Quick, easy, and tasty," says JBLEVY.

Brown Rice Pilaf with Onions and Corn

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

8. Lemongrass Shrimp and Rice

"A very tasty copycat bowl from a popular Caribbean chain restaurant that includes shrimp, rice, snow peas, and edamame, flavored with lemongrass, lime, and coconut milk," says CRNAsarah.

Lemongrass Shrimp and Rice

Photo by CRNAsarah

9. Black Bean and Rice Enchiladas

Enjoy vegetarian black bean enchiladas, featuring picante sauce, brown rice, diced tomatoes and green chiles, and seasonings. "These vegetarian enchiladas are just as satisfying as those served in restaurants," says Diane Manzella.

Black Bean and Rice Enchiladas

Photo by Maria Steinmetz Raddatz

10. Plant-Based Stuffed Green Pepper

Green bell peppers are stuffed with brown rice and simmered in a veggie tomato sauce.

Plant-Based Stuffed Green Pepper

Photo by virgi

11. Veggie-Packed Chicken Fried Rice

"This better-than-takeout main dish cuts the grease and loads up on fresh vegetables," says ChefBillT. "Get your kids involved by letting them choose which vegetables they want to include."

Veggie-Packed Chicken Fried Rice

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

12. Chicken Jook with Lots of Vegetables

A healthy chicken soup with cabbage, snow peas, bean sprouts, scallions, ginger, garlic, and jalapeno pepper. "This is a creamy Chinese rice porridge also known as congee," says MTCHYG. "It cooks perfectly in a slow cooker too. Serve garnished with additional scallions and soy sauce."

Chicken Jook with Lots of Vegetables

Photo by Linda T

13. Texi-Fied Black Beans and Brown Rice

Black beans and brown rice with bell peppers, chili powder, and other seasonings put a Tex-Mex spin on black beans and rice. "We loved the flavor," says grandma french, "and I served it with some diced avocado on top. I love that this is completely vegan and tastes amazing. You don't miss the meat or cheese. Quick, easy, and thrifty.

Texi-Fied Black Beans and Brown Rice

Photo by MyHotSouthernMess

14. Lemony Shrimp over Brown Rice

"This was absolutely scrumptious! And quick!" raves Vivian M.

Lemony Shrimp over Brown Rice

Photo by Dianne

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