South Beach Diet - Quickie brown rice ok?

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02-18-2008, 11:17 AM
Microwaveable or other quick cooking brown rice- are these ok to use? Sometimes I don't have 40 minutes to cook the regular brown rice so was just wondering....

02-18-2008, 11:35 AM
Sorry but the quickie versions are not allowed. I cook a pot of brown rice and freeze it in individual servings. Perhaps that could help.

02-18-2008, 12:04 PM
Earthchild, though Ruth is totally right about the "instant" brown rice types of things, I think that the microwaveable pouches of brown rice by Uncle Ben's (see for laptop at work doesn't have the newest Flash installed, so I can't get the direct link for you...sorry!) should be okay. They're the commercial version, IMHO, of making your own, freezing it, then reheating in the micro.

Things to consider:

The rice in the microwaveable pouches has added oil to keep the rice from sticking together. It's healthy oil, but it does add calories and fat to your daily totals. You might want to consider them as a good way to deal with busy days, but make your own when you can.
If you don't have time to monitor a pot of rice, but will be home, this way (,1977,FOOD_9936_30663,00.html) to make brown rice, courtesy of Alton Brown is SOOOOO easy and comes out perfect every time (amazing to me, who has burned every single pot of rice she's ever exaggeration! :rolleyes: )!!! Just use Smart Balance/Benecol or oil in place of the butter.

02-18-2008, 12:30 PM
Beachgal is right! I just checked it out and the Long Grain and Wild Rice quickie does meet Phase II requirements.

02-18-2008, 12:34 PM
Thanks for checking, Ruth! :hug: I get so annoyed with my laptop sometimes...the school won't let us download anything to the computers, but without a current version of Flash I can't see a lot of websites. I'm sure that's a major priority for our IT guys...making sure I can surf the web comfortably! :lol:

02-18-2008, 02:10 PM
For those days when I really just don't have time, I buy a box of frozen brown rice from Trader Joe's. It's already cooked and divided into 2-servings pouches. You just pop a pouch in the microwave (after cutting a small hole for the steam to escape) for I think 3 minutes. Voila! The only ingredient is brown rice--no added oil or anything. So, if you have a TJ's nearby, I highly recommend this!

02-18-2008, 04:14 PM
Ohhh...I miss TJ's!!!!!!!! :sorry:

That's a great tip, Jilly! Thanks! :hug:

02-18-2008, 05:26 PM
Thanks everyone-I love the Uncle Ben's Wild and Brown and have used it occasionally, but usually just cook my own. I hadn't used the other quickie versions, but was just curious about them since a friend showed up at work with some the other day, but he's not on the Beach.The baked brown rice sounds interesting-I'll have to try that and for some reason never though about freezing my own single servings (doh!) I am really suprised at how I've really started to actually enjoy the brown rice more than the white! (That goes for regular oatmeal vs instant as well-especially with cinamon and walnuts-yum! Thanks so much everyone!!! Going to cook some now and freeze what's left!

02-18-2008, 05:27 PM
Jilly I don't know if we have Trader Joe's Brands around here (Richmond, VA) but will be looking for that rice as well-thanks!

02-18-2008, 05:38 PM
Trader Joe's is a store. Not a brand...but they do have their own "brands" on many items in their stores. There is one "coming soon" to Richmond. It is listed as "Richmond, Short Pump, W. Broad St, Glen Allen". Currently there is one in Newport News...I don't know how close you are to NN, but you can get the address from Trader Joe's website.
Karla (Virginia girl also)

02-18-2008, 06:35 PM
I just checked their website. They now have two in New Mexico. They are getting closer to Texas! But we still aren't listed in the coming soon :(

02-18-2008, 07:15 PM
I love the TJ's frozen brown rice - VERY convenient for nights when I'm rushed and don't want to wait 45 minutes for brown rice to cook. BTW, a TJ is opening soon in Williamsburg, which will be even closer for you than the Newport News store (which is the one I frequent). The W'burg store is scheduled to open in spring of 08 (not sure the month) and Richmond should follow within a year. I think it would be worth the trip from Richmond once every 6 weeks or so - you can't beat the prices!

02-19-2008, 06:49 AM
Beach: we may not have TJ's here ,but we have WEGMANS!!!!!!!!!! The ONLY place I'll shop! heheheeh.

02-19-2008, 08:22 AM
I love Wegman's - it's worth a trip across the Border. I've never been in a TJ - it's on my Life List! :lol: (Can you tell I'm a foodie?)

02-19-2008, 11:32 AM
Anytime you want to come and visit Washington DC, come on down, you can stay with us. AND to beat it all, I can hand deliver you to a Trader Joe's!!!

02-19-2008, 04:42 PM
I agree that the information on the rice packages can be confusing. I guess I screwed up yesterday because I used brown minute rice. The ingred. listed parboiled whole grain brown rice so I figured that it was ok. I also have found conflicting information about the use of Basmati rice. My SB good fats/good carbs guide says no. This site lists it as ok on phase 2.
Could anyone tell me which is right. I really do love Basmati rice (and I can get the rest of the family to eat it without a fuss):^:

02-19-2008, 05:21 PM
According to Dr. A, parboiled or precooked brown rice is ok, as long as there are no partially hydrogenated oils added. :)

02-19-2008, 06:53 PM
Anyone looking up rice? I can later, but if you know...How about Jasmine rice? It is my all time favorite.

02-20-2008, 12:11 PM
I loved the Alton Brown special on rice, which had me thinking about short/medium/long grains. I was able to find some of each size in brown rice at a local food co-op (Greenstar in Ithaca for Loriann ;) ). Wonder if the difference in size/starch would make one of them more palatable for kids/DHs? :chin: I can't wait to try making risotto with the short grains...

Like Earthchild, I've grown to love brown rice. It's got such a great, nutty flavor! Try the baked kind with your families--the "buttery" flavor and the perfect consistency make it so tasty and very much unlike my previous experiences with brown rice that was still kind of hard.

Loriann, you are totally right about Wegman's! :love: It, literally, was the reason I was finally convinced to move to this area (from L.A.)--even if I couldn't get my favorite ethnic cuisine, I knew I could make it at home with the ingredients from W's! Do you ever go to the one in Ithaca? It's incredible. When Ruthie makes it here for a visit, I'm definitely taking her there. Talk about a foodie's delight! :faint: Have you ever been to the one in Rochester? I haven't, but it's something I'd love to do. I'd also love to go to their Tastings ( I always want to try a little bit of everything and it sounds like that's how it works there! :T

Ruth, TJ's definitely belongs on your Life List!!! :cheers: It's DIVINE! I make pilgrimages to the closest ones on my vacations, but the best thing is having one right near you. They try new products all the time, but if they don't sell well right away, they disappear. So you never know what you might find! Last time I was there, I got some dried dragonfruit without any sugar or juice. I still haven't decided what I'll do with it, but I can't wait...dragonfruit is so good! :love:

02-20-2008, 04:04 PM
I'm in Richmond Virginia and it sounds like the Trader Joes will be opening in one of the newer malls,will be about 15 minutes from me, so that's good news! That will really be convenient!

02-20-2008, 04:27 PM
Most people I know LOVE TJ's, but be prepared to spend $$$ the first few times you go. There are so many things that other stores don't have you will just have to have them. We buy most of our wine there also. They do wine tasting and they give descriptions on many of the wines about their flavors. They also have food tasting. We found some lovely mustards, sauces and cheeses from their tastings.

04-13-2008, 04:31 PM
I can no longer find the Frozen Brown Rice at my Trader Joe's! I have looked twice in the past month, and it's not there anymore. It has been way too busy on both those trips to find an employee to ask. If it's been discontinued I will just DIE! Die, I tell you!

04-13-2008, 08:26 PM
That's the problem with Trader Joe's. They get you hooked on something and then quit carrying it. I still miss my tuna burgers. :(

04-14-2008, 09:08 PM
I usually make a huge pot of rice on a weekend and then freeze it....or Whole Foods has frozen rice....although it's MUCH more expensive than just cooking and freezing your own.

04-14-2008, 09:38 PM
I GET THE brown rice in the bag. 60 seconds in the microwave and it's hot.

or we tried the wild rice tonite... NOT a family hit...

04-15-2008, 08:09 AM
Gosh, Chickies. Cooking rice is easy. Why spend all the $$$ for frozen and pre-cooked? Sure it's convenient but cook a big batch and freeze portions.

:soap: (I'm a real Frugal Franny about prepared foods!) :soap:

04-17-2008, 07:43 PM
Now Ruth, stop making sense!

04-18-2008, 08:23 AM
Sorry! I'll crawl back under my rock. :rofl: At least I didn't yell FRANKENFOOD!

04-18-2008, 10:31 AM
Gosh, Chickies. Cooking rice is easy. Why spend all the $$$ for frozen and pre-cooked? Sure it's convenient but cook a big batch and freeze portions.

:soap: (I'm a real Frugal Franny about prepared foods!) :soap:
Because sometimes I want rice and don't even have time to make the big batch to freeze. I don't think anyone here is saying they use this stuff ALL the time--just to have on hand for those times we really need it.

I am very frugal (being 25 years old paying amortgage in one of the most expensive areas of the country doesn't leave me much choice), but sometimes my time is limited even more than my budget.