This Brown Rice Quinoa Blend is a side dish cooked in organic chicken stock or your favorite vegetable broth. It provides about a quarter of your daily protein needs, is a great source of fiber, and makes a great filler for a variety of meals.
Use it as a side for meats or a delicious base for pour over meals, creamed soups, stir fries, and salads.
Watch our tutorial for making this hearty Brown Rice and Quinoa Blend
Is Brown Rice with Quinoa good for you?
Quinoa and brown rice make a great pair because the health benefits of these two grains are similar, and their flavors and textures compliment. Both quinoa and brown rice are gluten free making them a friendly grain for those with gluten sensitivities or looking to avoid it. They provide fiber, protein, and minerals which all help to support a healthy digestive system.
Can you cook Quinoa and Rice at the same time?
Quinoa is similar enough to rice that both can be cooked together, or in the same time frame alongside one another. Stovetop is the traditional method for cooking grains, and is what we use in this recipe. However, a pressure cooker is a fantastic way to cook grains as it is easily controlled, easy to clean up after, and cooks the grains perfectly without the risk of burning.
How do you cook Quinoa?
Any quinoa can be cooked just like rice. That’s why this blend is such a great recipe. Simply cook in whatever liquid of your choice either water, meat based stock, or vegetable broth.
Cooking red quinoa is about the same as cooking white quinoa, so you can use whichever you prefer when making a rice blend. Quinoa can have a bitter outer coating if it’s not pre washed, so be sure rinse the quinoa prior to cooking.
The blend we use is a Trader Joe Brown Rice Blend with daikon radish seeds and red quinoa.
The tricky part of this blend recipe is not the quinoa, it’s the rice. Short grain brown rice is going to cook differently than long grain brown rice.
Cook the recipe and test the rice before removing the pot from your stove. If it needs longer and the liquid is dried up add 1/2 Cup or so of water and 10 minutes more to the cooking time.
Brown Rice Quinoa Blend Recipe
We like Trader Joe’s brown rice blend because it uses Daikon radish seeds and other delicious ingredients.
NOTE: This particular rice blend is NOT gluten free so use a different type of rice if you’re a celiac.
- Boil your liquid and add in the quinoa and rice bend
- Stir together
- Cover and reduce heat to simmer for 25 minutes. This is done when all the liquid is absorbed in the grains.
- Remove from heat and keep covered until ready to serve. Cool if you are adding this blend to a salad. This blend stores well in the fridge for up to a week if tightly covered.
This healthy Brown Rice Quinoa Blend is full of great texture and flavor. This complex, healthy carb is a good addition to hearty salads, soups and other dishes as a side.
- 1 Cup Red Quinoa
- 1 Cup Brown Rice Blend, I'm using Trader Joes today but any brown rice blend will work. Or just plain brown rice.
- 4 Cups organic chicken broth, or vegetable broth
- Boil Chicken broth and add in the quinoa and rice bend.
- Stir together lightly
- Cover and reduce heat to simmer for 25 minutes. This is done when all the liquid is absorbed in the grains. For a short grain brown rice you may need a little more liquid and cooking time (5 minutes)at the end.
- Check the grain tenderness before removing it from your stove. Don't let it scorch!
- Remove from heat and keep covered until ready to serve. Cool to room temperature or lower if you are adding this blend to a salad.
This Brown Rice Quinoa grain blend stores well in your fridge for up to a week if tightly covered.
The TYPE of rice you use will matter in this recipe. If using a short grain brown rice follow the instructions but expect the brown rice to be a bit firm. For a softer rice use a bit more liquid and extend the cooking time by five minutes.
Serving Size3/4 Cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 140Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 3mgSodium 730mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 5g
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