Quick-Cooking Brown Rice

If you're always on the lookout for ways to get dinner on the table fast-and who isn't-quick-cooking brown rice can be a nice addition to the menu!

Consumer Reports put a bunch to the test and found several tasty options.

For Joanne Gambone and her two children, rice is a dinnertime staple.

Gambone says, "You guys have a lot of rice there. We eat rice two to three times a week, and not only is it healthy but they really like it."

Amy Keating of Consumer Reports says, "It's smart to choose brown rice over white. It's healthier because it's a whole grain that provides fiber, antioxidants, and other nutrients not found in white rice."

And Consumer Reports says you can even get those benefits with faster-cooking brown rices! Testers evaluated eight that can be prepared in one to 12 minutes. They compared them to a regular, longer-cooking brown rice that takes nearly an hour to cook.

But with some quick-cooking brown rices, the convenience comes at a price.

Keating says, "We did the math and shaving 40 to 50 minutes off your prep time using some of the rices will cost you up to about a dollar per serving!"

The good news is the quick-cooking rices were about as tasty as the longer-cooking rice.

The best in the tests was Trader Joe's Organic.

It was al dente when heated in a microwave for three minutes, as directed. And sensory panelists described it as having moderate grain flavors and tasting slightly toasted.

If you don't have Trader Joe's nearby, or want something on the go, try "Minute Ready To Serve Natural Whole Grain." It's among the most expensive, but as the name says it cooks in just one minute, in its own ready-to-serve container.

Consumer Reports also tried six chicken-flavored rice mixes that take 20 to 30 minutes to prepare.

While quality varied, there were several worth trying, including ones from Near East and Zatarain's.

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