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Rice, No Bowl Needed
Beet Greens and Rice Gratin
I’ve always been a big promoter of brown rice, and I was happily testing recipes last week for short-, medium- and long-grain varieties when I remembered that there had been reports in the past year about dangerous arsenic levels in rice, particularly in brown rice. I thought about shelving the recipe tests and choosing another subject for this week’s Recipes for Health, but then I decided to take a closer look at the reports to see if there was a way to make rice viable for health-conscious rice lovers.
The study and report, both by Consumer Reports, are disturbing. It is clear that the levels of inorganic arsenic in rice and rice products are high, and that we and especially children, babies and pregnant women should limit our intake of rice and rice products such as cereals, rice cakes and rice beverages. Rice cereal for babies should not be the go-to baby food that it has been for years.
The better news is that the extensive testing by the Consumers Union of many brands of rice and rice products shows that some products are considerably lower in arsenic than others.
~Martha Rose Shulman~
This Mediterranean-style dish is delicious hot or cold.
Beet Green, Rice and Ricotta Blinis
These are chunkier than pancakes because of the rice, but they are more cake than fritter.
Chard Leaves Stuffed With Rice and Herbs
The chard stems are not wasted, adding texture to the flavorful filling for these rolls.
Frittata With Brown Rice, Peas and Pea Shoots
The nutty rice makes this seasonal frittata especially substantial.
Stir-Fried Brown Rice With Kale or Frizzy Mustard Greens and Tofu
This recipe showcases some unusual greens, but plain kale makes a fine substitute.