The average adult consumes around 15 grams of fiber each day, but requires between 25 and 38 grams each day. An excellent way to increase daily fiber content is to add more healthy, tasty, and fiber-filled grains to your diet. This goes beyond low-fiber white rice, and well beyond rice at all. There are many grains to consider, all of which make a fast and easy side dish. Turn to the tips below to make cooking your favorite side dishes faster and easier.
Use A Rice Cooker
White rice isn’t the only grain that can be made in a rice cooker. Any type of rice can be cooked in a rice cooker, and you can even cook quinoa, buckwheat, steel cut oats, and most other raw grains in your rice cooker.
Substitute Stock Or Broth For Water
Add more flavor to your grains, by cooking in your favorite stock or broth. No broth? Simply use a bouillon cube.
Make A Grains Mixture
Create a colorful, fiber-filled, and delicious side dish by mixing 2 or more varieties or rice and quinoa to create a custom blend.
There are so many easy ways to boost the flavor profile of your favorite cooked grains, with a few easy add-ins. Consider adding in:
- Your favorite dried spices or herbs
- Fresh herbs
- Stir in cheese for a creamy texture
- Fresh or dried fruit
- Nuts or seeds
The other great thing about grains, is that you can cook a large quantity in your rice cooker, and enjoy for the next 2 or 3 days. You can also cook your side dishes ahead of time, and freeze so that you can easily defrost and eat them later.