• Rochelle Bilow

    This Rice Bowl Is Your New Lunch Go-To

    If you need a quick, healthy meal that’s ready in a flash, but can’t bring yourself to eat one more chopped salad, take heart: This rice bowl is your new best friend. (We’ve told you about lunch bowls, right?) With fiber-rich brown rice, protein-packed egg, creamy avocado for texture, and raw scallion for some bite and zing, this nutritious meal is anything but boring. Add a drizzle of hot sauce over it all to spice things up, if you like. Make it extra easy on yourself by cooking a big batch of rice in advance, then assembling the bowls throughout the week. It’s a lunch (or dinner!) that takes the guesswork out of simple, flavorful food.

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    Brown rice—higher in fiber and other nutrients than its white counterpart—is the perfect vehicle for this quick, protein-heavy lunch.


    • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
    • 2 cups cooked brown rice
    • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
    • Kosher
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  • Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we’re sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.

    Today: How to make perfect brown rice, every time.

    How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice

    Compared to its white counterpart, brown rice is a challenge to get right: Where white is stripped down, giving up flavor for ease of cooking, brown has more burliness to fight against, more factors to figure. But when you succeed, you are rewarded with a depth of flavor and texture that white rice will never live up to.

    Here’s what’s tricky about cooking brown rice: You need to soften the outer bran layer, but if you try to force it into submission with too-long cooking times, you’re left with gummy innards.

    The best route to success, luckily, is a straightforward technique we picked up from our friends at Saveur: You treat the rice like pasta, boiling it in ample water, then strain it and let the rice steam in the pot’s residual liquid, which makes things soft but never gummy.

    This technique

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  • by Lexi Petronis

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    You hear all kinds of news about cleanses--why? One reasons may be because there all kinds of cleanses, from juice-only to raw foods.

    If you're considering a cleanse, Marissa Vicario, a board-certified health coach and healthy-living expert, has these tips for figuring out what might be the best type for you.

    Juice Only could be good for: someone who understands that juice-only isn't a quick-fix for weight loss or to correct poor eating habits.
    "A cleanse like this should be undertaken when recommended and supervised by a medical professional," she says. "Many commercial juice-only cleanses contain high amounts of sugar from the fruits and vegetables in the juice; any weight lost tends to be water weight."

    See more: 13 Sneaky Habits That Can Cause Acne

    Liquids Only could be good for: someone who has digestive disorders or needs to let her digestive system rest.
    "A cleanse that includes juices, smoothies, and blended soups is only slightly better than an all-juice

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