Toasted Brown Rice with Mushrooms #NationalWholegrainsMonth

September is National Rice and National Whole Grains Month. The fourth week of September is National Wild Rice Week. Whole grains are nutritious and are great to make delicious food right from appetizers, salads, breads, and main courses to desserts. In our #FestiveFoodies, we are celebrating the grains this month by sharing our favorite recipes showcasing any grains and Radha of Magical Ingredients is hosting this event. We are sharing 30 different recipes using whole grains and join us in the celebration.

Come see what everyone is sharing today! 

Monday Whole Grain Recipes This is a wonderfully easy side dish that will amp up your traditional rice side and make it a little extra special with tender, meaty mushrooms and lovely flavor from the garlic and thyme. 

Cooking brown rice is definitely a lot different, in my experience, than cooking white rice. But you end up with a heartier, more flavorful dish and it's worth a little extra TLC and effort! I still love using my Instant Pot to cook rice the most, and think I might try a version of this in my Instant Pot next time so I don't have to keep an eye on it while it's simmering on the stove! 

Toasted Brown Rice with Mushrooms 

1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1/2 yellow onion chopped
2 garlic cloves minced
1 14-oz can vegetable broth (2 cups)
8 ounces baby bella mushrooms sliced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt, more to taste
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper, more to taste

  1. Heat about 1/2 teaspoon oil in a pot and add the onion, sauté about 5 minutes until they begin to caramelize. Add in the garlic and sauté another minute.
  2. Add in the brown rice and sauté for about 1 more minute, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add in the vegetable broth and bring rice to a low simmer. Cover and cook 30 minutes, or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Check every so often to make sure liquid hasn't burned off and adjust temperature if needed.
  4. When rice is almost done, heat remaining oil in a small skillet and sauté the mushrooms for about 5 minutes or so, seasoning with thyme, salt and pepper, and stirring until they are tender and have released their moisture. Stir mushrooms into the cooked rice. Taste, and adjust seasonings if desired.
Recipe adapted from Cookin Canuck


  1. This is the perfect, hearty fall side dish. YUM!!

  2. My daughter would love this. I am going to bookmark and try your wonderful recipe.


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