Do You Love Brown Rice Like the Obamas Love Brown Rice?
Tough election year aside, when it comes to family dinners, it turns out most Americans are right there with the Obamas.
NPR recently conducted a survey of more than 10,000 people to see how their dining choices compare with those of the first family‘s, and 77 percent say they “always” or “usually” eat as a family on weekdays, with the same number saying they only eat dessert a couple nights a week. (Liars!) But, sorry, Michelle: Unlike you, a significant number of Americans draw the line at fixing brown rice.
Just a little more than half of respondents to the NPR survey say they pick brown rice over white rice, and reasons why range from the whole hippie connotation to its longer cooking time.
“I’d like to do brown rice more often, but white rice cooks up so much faster that I almost always go with that instead,” one respondent tells NPR. “I suppose I could use quick rice, but I don’t care for the texture.”
The USA Rice Federation’s Shaily Jariwala suggests cooking up several servings of brown rice at once, and then using it all week long, combining it with leftover chicken, say, or tossing it with mixed veggies. Cooked brown rice will keep in the fridge for three to five days or in the freezer for up to six months, NPR adds.
Happy to cook it or not, the red-headed step-child of the grain world is slowly showing up in more and more shopping carts, according to the broadcaster, which notes a 31 percent increase in domestic shipments of brown rice grown in America between 2007 and 2011.
Now, if we could just find the time to whip up a month’s worth of brown rice, maybe we’d make the switch, too. Of course, having a White House chef on hand to help wouldn’t hurt, either.
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