Incorporating more whole grains into your diet is one of the healthiest things you can do. But, that also means eliminated sources of refined carbs, such as white bread or white rice. With the addition of beans, veggies and avocado, this Mexican Rice salad is super veggie-powered.
I always like to make a batch of grains, usually 4 cups cooked so I can use them throughout the week.
In the case of rice, especially brown rice, you should prepare it by first, rinsing, then adding more water than it normally calls for. About a ratio of 6 cups of water to 1 cup of rice.
That will negate the possible arsenic that can be in some rices. Yes, unfortunately, some rice has arsenic. Of course, you can make this salad with other grains, quinoa, bulgur, barley, or farro, too. Be sure to read more about The Low-Down on Arsenic in Rice.
Here's the latest from Consumer Reports, "the inorganic arsenic content of rice varies greatly depending on the type of rice and where it was grown.
Try more plant-based side dishes:
- Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Apple Stuffing
- Roasted Squash Salad with Pomegranate and Pepitas
- Mashed Cauliflower with Gravy
- Sauteed Greens
White basmati rice from California, India, and Pakistan, and sushi rice from the U.S. on average has half of the inorganic-arsenic amount of most other types of rice." Click here to read the whole article, "How Much Arsenic is in Your Rice."
This recipe is easy and requires very little cooking. Just prepare your brown rice and chill. While the rice is cooling, prepare your vegetables by chopping up 1 cup of grape tomatoes, 1 cup of jicama, 1/2 cup red bell pepper, 1/3 cup green onions, your avocado and cilantro.
Toss these ingredients, less the avocado (save until ready to serve), in a large bowl. Whisk together your dressing ingredients and pour it over your rice mixture. Chill for at least 30 minutes, though, overnight will give you the best flavor.
This rice is a great addition to any meal, and even hearty enough to be served alone with plenty of fiber and protein.
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