I pretty much exclusively eat brown rice when I'm at home and save the white stuff for a special treat, like when I'm dining out at a Vietnamese restaurant or eating sushi. But let's be honest — brown rice takes FOREVER to cook. Since I'm a planner, I usually always prepare my brown rice the night before I need it, but sometimes, even my crazy, highly organized Type A self fails to get that done ahead of time.
And that's when little microwave bowls of brown rice come in handy. Healthee USA sent me a few of their microwave brown rice bowls to review. Y'all know I love some convenience food, but it's best when it doesn't sacrifice nutrition for ease of preparation. And this stuff is brown rice with all the good stuff still inside.
There are three bowls — Organic Turmeric Brown Rice, Organic Fried-Style Brown Rice, and Organic Coconut Brown Rice.
I have to say that I was most intrigued by the coconut rice because coconut! I tried that one first. Here's what you see when you open the cardboard packaging.
Each bowl makes two servings of rice. To prepare, you simply peel back the plastic just a little and microwave for 90 seconds. But my microwave is a little crappy so my rice took more like 2 minutes.
I made a quick stir-fry with some Tofurky Thai Basil vegan chicken strips, cauliflower, squash, and carrots and served it over the Organic Coconut Brown Rice. The rice had a lovely, light coconut flavor that was unlike any rice I've ever had. The texture of the rice was fluffy and fresh, just as if I'd cooked it from scratch. The kernels do stick together a little, but a little smashing with a fork fixed that. Definitely my favorite bowl of the bunch.
The Organic Turmeric Brown Rice made a nice base for a quick lentil stew. The turmeric didn't really give the rice any special flavor, but the color is gorgeous.
For the Organic Fried-Style Brown Rice, I sauteed a little baked tofu, some scrambled Vegan Egg, and a bag of frozen stir-fry veggies. I added the cooked rice at the very end and mixed it all up with a little Bragg's. The texture was very much like restaurant-style fried rice but minus all the grease.
These bowls are awesome! And I'll be looking for more in stores. These would be great to have on hand when there's just no time to make fresh brown rice.
Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!! I should be posting an update of my big meal later on Thursday evening, but if I don't get to it, you'll see pics by Sunday.