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Simple & Seriously Yum Brown Rice Bowl

I’m not kidding! I just can’t get over how delicious home cooked fresh simple warm rice is with seeds – seriously yum! Whip up a delicious batch of your favorite brown rice (medium or short grain) and then toast some sunflower seeds.


Use 1 cup short or medium grain brown rice, soaked in water overnight if possible.

Remove the water and place the rice in a pot, adding 2 cups of fresh water and a pinch of sea salt or kombu.

Bring it to a boil over high heat, then cover.

Simmer the rice for 50 minutes then turn off the heat and let it sit for a few minutes longer with the lid on. 

After the rice sits, remove it from the pot and place it in bowl or container to prevent it from getting super moist and less fluffy. If cooked just right…brown rice, warm and topped with toasted sunflower seeds is so yum!

For some more goodness, use ½ cup medium or short grain rice, ½ cup sweet rice and ¼ rye or wheat berries or barley. You could even double those portions and have a delicious easy go to for a few days.

If you want to make it into a more complete meal, add some steamed kale, sauerkraut, or drizzled tahini. But sometimes it’s nice just to go to town on the rice and seeds!! It’s a simple nourishing meal that will keep you happy and calm, and is a great restart if you’ve been feeling a bit unhealthy lately.

What’s your favorite simple healthy go to?


Photo Source: Keesta


  • Aimee

    Yum. Def right up my street. I’ve just enjoyed one of my favourites: a bowl of mixed salad leaves, topped with hot, freshly cooked brown rice, then on top of that chunky avocado, tomatoes and red onions with crushed garlic, lime and chilli infused olive oil. Sooooo delicious!

  • Te HP

    Whole wheat Angel hair speghetti with some olive oil, pinch of garlic, roasted tomatoes and some kale steamed in with a little basil!

  • C. Blake

    just spinach and dark red kidney beans thrown in a bowl with some olive olive oil and apple cider vinegar.

  • Emily

    Steamed sweet potato and brocolli with just a touch of Nama shoyu! Or, though not savoury, brown rice and sliced banana!

  • dineaudio

    My simple healthy dish is exactly brown rice with various veg! Great advice and simple to make. I also add some olive or flax seed [or both] oil to it after it’s been cooked and cooled a bit. Just add whatever you want to it. I usually cook a combination of diced veg for about 10-15 minutes only in a covered pot and mix it with rice. Perfect food! + salad, of course. Always have some raw salad with onions, garlic, and a drop of olive or flax seed oil with it+apple cider vinegar. Great tip on sunflower seeds! I shall try that. Sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds are always welcome here instead of chips and similar more common and unhealthy snack.

    So many great tips here! :) When I became a vegan, the first thing I figured was – you have to cook for yourself! Nobody’s going to make this delish, healthy food for you.

  • me

    My favourite is spinach, cashew nuts and yogurt stuck in a pan and simmered for just a few minutes. Spinach, green peas and mushrooms aid nutrient absorption

  • Colliemom

    I tried this and found that soaking brown rice is great for cutting the cooking time. Surprised I didn’t know about this technique years ago!

  • KarateChopp

    Alicia…I got into your toasted sunflower seeds over rice and it’s AMAZING. I eat it quite often and have done several variations. I toast either Sunflower or Pumpkin Seeds in Toasted Sesame Oil, sprinkle with some Braggs Liquid Aminos then cool. Once cool I toss that with Brewer’s Nutritional Yeast and keep this in an airtight container. I take that mixture to work with cooked rice for a delicious home lunch. Sometimes I cut up Nori into tiny pieces or use Furukake and sprinkle that atop the rice and seeds. Thank you for the great idea :)