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Broccoli, Leek, Mushrooms, and Brown Rice is a flavorful and filling side dish. Made with chewy brown rice, fresh broccoli, mushrooms, leek, it complements almost any meal.
Including whole grains in your meals is important when following the Mediterranean Diet. A small serving of whole grains adds complex carbohydrates, fiber, and chew to your meals.
I love rice and mushrooms. Since following the Mediterranean Diet I am adapting many of my recipes to include whole grains. For this recipe, I substituted brown rice for the traditional white rice.
Difference Between White and Brown Rice
Actually white rice and brown rice are both a grain. Each has the inedible outer hull removed.
The difference is how the grains are processed.
The processing of white rice removes important bran and germ nutrient layers. This leaves a simple carbohydrate that raises blood sugar rather than leaving us full and satisfied.
We cook and eat brown rice in whole-grain form. It includes both the bran and germ layer where the whole grain fiber and nutrient benefits are stored. 1
Wild rice is whole-grain with just the outer inedible layer removed. It adds chew to your recipes.
To learn more about adding whole grains to your diet, read my post, Get the Scoop on Whole Grains.
Ingredients in Broccoli Leek Mushroom and Brown Rice
- parboiled brown rice
- extra virgin olive oil
- balsamic vinegar
- Worcestershire sauce
How to Prepare Mushrooms and Brown Rice
First, start by chopping broccoli into 1/2 inch pieces. Finely slice the leek. Slice mushrooms.
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil into the frying pan. Add broccoli to pan and saute for 3 minutes.
Add leek to broccoli and continue to cook.
Stir in sliced mushrooms and remaining oil and cook until mushrooms are tender.
Mix rice with the mushrooms and saute. Add Worcestershire sauce and balsamic vinegar.
Pour broth into the frying pan. Stir until broth is absorbed. Cover and lower heat.
What to Serve with Mushroom and Brown Rice
This rice side dish works with fish or chicken. You might like it with:
June 2021 Update: Added Recipe Ingredients and Preparation Steps as well as the recipe card.