Brown Rice Bonanza

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I'm back to recipes today, but dammed if I didn't forget to take pictures while making this one.  I'm not kidding about the tail end of summer having me by the tail and shaking the shit out of me.  

Because now we're in the throes of Big G's 14 performances for her play.  That she's required to be at an hour early.  That I'm required to pick her up from an hour after it starts. Carpool hell, personified.  




This is a brown rice recipe that can have practically every  veggie under the sun added to it.  I found it with Lisa at Whole Health Designs, but have adapted it so much, I can't say it's even the same thing anymore.  

So I'll rename it.  

Brown Rice Bonanza

I combine brown rice with whatever vegetables I have on hand.  The day I made this one, I had tomatoes and jalapenos from our garden, cucumbers, red pepper and spinach.  

Mix the rice with all of the veggies and add the dressing.  Easy peasy.  This recipe lasted me two lunches and a side dish to dinner last week.  


1 cup brown rice (I cook mine with 2 cups of water in my rice cooker.)  Cook according to directions – either by rice cooker or stove top.

Add whatever vegetables  you want.  Truly anything.  The more you mix it up, the more exciting each variation becomes.  As I mentioned, in this recipe, I added 1/4 to 1/2 cup each of tomatoes, cucumber, jalapeno, spinach and red pepper.  


tomato and jalapeno

I never knew jalapenos turned red as they ripened. Did you?



2 Tablespoons olive oil


olive oil

This olive oil is from Whole Foods. If you use a MUST USE olive oil, let me know!


1-2 Tablespoons dijon mustard


dijon mustard

I have renewed my love of TJs this summer. I actually love this whole grain mustard.


salt (sea salt best)

pepper (organic if possible)

Whisk dressing together and then mix into rice mixture.  I thought this dressing was so thick it wasn't going to go through the rice mixture (it's a lot!) because it was so thick.  

But it did.  

And it was delicious.  





  1. That sounds delicious! Maybe add some edamame to round out the meal? And I ALWAYS forget to take pictures!

  2. Love these simple but tasty recipes.

  3. Yum! I’m a huge fan of brown rice.

  4. Sounds easy and great. On my list to try!

  5. Brown rice is a staple at my home for health reasons.
    I like mine with olive oil, tomatoes, garlic and some spinach.
    Of course, we have brown rice with many different stuff on it but since I no longer eat meat (again, for health reasons), the garlic and spinach works for me 🙂

  6. That sounds so easy! Maybe it’s the Chinese in me but I never would have thought to add dressing to my rice. I just bought a bunch of stuff at the farmers market so I will have to try this soon!

  7. This looks so delicious and healthy!! Will definitely have to try this recipe out!! 🙂

  8. You’re such a good girl. You need to come and cook for me…

  9. Loos yummy. I’ve recently discovered Brown Basmati rice and it has changed my view on brown rice. It is delish and I’m sure would be awesome in your recipe.

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