Use leftover rice from the night before to make a sweet and satisfying breakfast dish. Morning Brown Rice with Cherries, Dates and Apples is healthy, nutritious, and bursting with flavor.
Every time I cook rice for dinner I always stop to think, do I want to make just enough for tonight or should I make more for tomorrow night’s dinner? Next time you cook rice for dinner, make sure you prepare extra so you can make Morning Brown Rice with Cherries, Dates and Apples for breakfast. I promise you will be glad you did!
Rice is a common item for breakfast in many households, but it is not usually served as a hot cereal, unless you are a fan of Cream of Rice Hot Cereal, which comes in a box. Many popular breakfast cereals are made with rice. There’s Rice Chex, Rice Krispies, Crispix, Puffed Rice, Cocoa Krispies, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch just to name a few. There are also many gluten-free cereals made with rice.
Rice is one of the oldest cereal grains having been around for over 5000 years. The most common type of rice that most people consume is white rice. Brown rice is becoming more popular because of its health benefits. Rice is mostly composed of carbohydrates with almost no fat and a little protein.
Brown rice has fiber while white rice is very low in fiber. Brown rice is a whole grain containing both the bran or seed coat and the germ. It has almost as much fiber as oatmeal, a common hot cereal for breakfast.
Brown rice is readily available prepackaged or in bulk bin containers. When buying rice, always check the “use-by” date on the package. Brown rice has natural oils and these can become rancid if your store your rice too long. Store brown rice in an air tight container in the refrigerator to maintain maximum freshness.
If purchasing brown rice in bulk, be sure to rinse it thoroughly under running cold water to remove any dirt or debris. To cook brown rice, add one part rice to two parts boiling water, broth, or a mixture of the two. Add more liquid if you prefer a more moist rice. When the liquid returns to boil, lower the heat, cover, and simmer for 45 to 50 minutes.
Now let’s talk a minute about this delicious, naturally sweetened topping. Nothing goes better on hot cereal than caramelized fruit. Apples are the perfect choice of fruit to simmer slowly, allowing their juices to release and combine with the maple syrup and honey, cooking to sweet perfection. The maraschino cherries and dates add even more sweetness and flavor.
One cup of cooked long-grain brown rice has:
Carbohydrate – 45g or 20% DRI (Dietary Reference Intake)
Dietary Fiber – 3.51 g or 12% DRI
Manganese – 1.76 mg or 88 %DRI
Selenium – 19.11 mcg or 35% DRI
Phosphorus – 161.85 mg or 23 % DRI
Calories – 216 12% DRI
Brown rice is also a good source of magnesium, copper, and vitamin B3. Regular consumption of brown rice can be beneficial to heart health, help lower cholesterol, help reduce risk of type 2 diabetes, and help protect against breast cancer.
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Hope you make this breakfast recipe because it’s:
Bursting with flavor
We love eating tasty morning brown rice several times a year. It is always a welcome change to other breakfast cereals. If you are really in a hurry, heat up your leftover rice with milk in the microwave and toss on some dried fruit and nuts. Caramelized fruit is super good but sometimes convenience wins.
While brown rice is the most nutritious, you can use other types of rice like long grain white rice, wild rice, basmati rice, or jasmine rice. Any leftover cooked rice with work.
In place of the apples, try substituting pears or stone fruits like peaches, plums, apricots, or nectarines.
Craving berries on your cereal? Use blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, or a combination in place of the apples.
Not fond of dates? Use raisins, dried apricots, figs, or prunes instead.
If you make this recipe, please let us know. Leave a comment and tell us how you liked it. Take a picture and tag it #yourdailyfoodchoices on Instagram! We’d love to see your pretty creation.
Until next time,
Linda and Steve
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