Get “Cracking”: The Fun way to Eat Brown Rice

Ok so, have you struggled with brown rice? I have. It takes ages to cook and it isn’t starchy like the white version. Not even my otherwise healthy options son has been able to eat brown rice with joy. So why bother right? WRONG!

riceBrown rice is whole grain rice. It has a mild, nutty flavour, and is chewier and more nutritious than white rice. According to The World’s Healthiest Foods, the process that produces brown rice removes only the outermost layer, the hull, of the rice kernel and is the least damaging to its nutritional value. The complete milling and polishing that converts brown rice into white rice destroys 67% of the vitamin B3, 80% of the vitamin B1, 90% of the vitamin B6, half of the manganese, half of the phosphorus, 60% of the iron, and all of the dietary fiber and essential fatty acids. Fully milled and polished white rice is required to be “enriched” with vitamins B1, B3 and iron – yes they take it away to add it back again – makes no sense to me, but hey!

So adding some brown rice in your diet might be a good idea. I found one yummy way to do so! By making brown rice and quinoa crackers! super easy, and healthy this wholefood little gem might win the heart of many white rice lovers.

Heres how:
you need…

1 cup of cooked brown rice

1 cup of cooked quinoa

2 table spoons of chia seeds

2 table spoons of flax seeds

A Pinch of salt, a pinch of pepper and as many herbs you like.

You can either cook the rice and quinoa together or apart. I did mine together just to save time. I added a little bit of salt and cooked as per packet instructions.

20131106-133420.jpgOnce cooked set aside to cool for a few minutes. Then put the rice and quinoa in the food processor until you make a paste. add a little water if needed, but you want it to be like cookie dough. Then combine this mixture with the chia and the flax seeds and season to taste. I left mine plain because I wanted to keep it simple for my little 7 year old boy. This way he can have them with some vegetables, tomato sauce, BBQ sauce or cheese as a snack at school. But you can add any flavour you want.

20131106-133428.jpgGrease a cookie tray with some cooking oil (vegetable, canola, olive) or use parchment paper. I used the cooking oil spray and it worked out fine. Extend the mixture with your hands and flat it out with a rolling pin to a very thing layer. Make sure its compact or it will crack.

Put in the oven for 15mins or until it starts to brown. Take out of the oven and immediately cut into desired shape/size, I kept mine very rustic. Let it cool and there you have it!

Lovely, home made, healthy brown rice and quinoa crackers! Serve with hummus, cheese, pepper relish, or any topping of your choice. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: I based this recipe on one I found online, I just can’t remember from where or whom.

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