One of the difficult aspects of boiling brown rice is "not peeking while the rice is cooking." I use a glass lid so I can easily keep an eye on the rice's cooking progress. Thought I would pass that along. —B.K., Paullina, Iowa
Diane Harrison of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania up this quick side dish using canned kidney beans, brown rice and salsa. It's an ideal accompaniment to Mexican-style entrees but can also be served as a meatless main dish for a light meal. "This is a family favorite," relates Diane.
This recipe was given to me by our pastor's wife. We live on a 65-acre avocado ranch and have many varieties of avocados to choose from. With our children grown and gone, my husband and I keep quite busy ranching.
This refreshing alternative to pasta salad is perfect for casual summer luncheons. "You can serve it as a main dish with the tuna...or without it for a nice rice side," suggests Merwyn Garbini of Tucson, Arizona. "Sometimes, I substitute reduced-fat mayonnaise for the olive-oil".