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White Rice Alternatives

Parboiled Rice is Delicious

Ever so often it nice to have a tasty white rice alternative. Although white rice is convenient and readily available, it is not very nutritious.

In recent months, I have truly enjoyed the convenience of parboiled white rice. I find parboiled rice easier to cook and affordable. It is also believed that parboiled rice contains more fibre than white rice.

Parboiled rice has definitely switched up my white rice game. Make no mistake, I have cooked many other white rice substitutes, however, parboiled rice is my favorite option.

I am determined to shake things up in the kitchen and to give my taste buds a treat.  I know from chatting with my friends that they too, have experienced a form of co-dependency when it comes white rice.

So below I have detailed some alternatives of white rice you can try, please let me know your experiences.


I had a mixed relationship with couscous. Years ago, when I tried couscous, I wasn’t happy. I couldn’t go beyond the texture, it was weird. However, during the last 2 years, I have learned to appreciate the taste and texture.

Couscous is perfect if you want to prepare fast food, it is so easy to do. Just add boiling water to a bowl of couscous and cover for 5 minutes. I like to sprinkle olive oil with black pepper on my couscous.

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When I feel a little lazy, I go to make a side dish, couscous, to eat with the leftovers. It’s what my family calls a delightful cheater’s lunch.It’s great to know that couscous is high in selenium. Selenium is believed to reduce the risk of cancer and is beneficial to thyroid health.


Selenium is a mineral which thought to boost your immune system, helping to defend your body from bacteria.

Cauliflower Rice

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Cauliflower rice is one of my favorite sides. It is readily available to buy in many supermarkets. It is also really satisfying to make. Cauliflower is nutritious and thought to be low in carbohydrates. I love to flavour my cauliflower rice by adding fresh herbs and spices. In addition, I add garlic and a touch of lemon to the cauliflower rice. I think it gives life to the cauliflower rice.
I like to mix my cauliflower rice with:
Baby Corn
& Much more.
As you can see, you are only limited by your imagination. Cauliflower rice is perfect for a light lunch. I like to make a large batch of cauliflower rice, then freeze it. This is handy for a quick nutritious family meal.

Sweet Potato

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For many people, including me, sweet potatoes are an acquired flavor. I will usually crush a few sweet potatoes, then mix with regular potato puree. I often take that approach when making toppings for my pie shepherds.The real plus for me is that sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin B and vitamin C as well as fibre. It doesn’t hurt to feel fuller longer. Sweet potatoes are also a substitute for rice that contains selenium.


Brown Rice

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I like to make brown rice every now and then. I won’t lie, as far as taste is concerned, white rice is always delicious. What’s great, is that there are so many varieties of brown rice, so you are bound to find a variety which floats your boat. When you consider the brown rice has:
& More
It’s no wonder, that this rice is becoming a popular alternative to white rice.
Personally, a few slices of salmon, sprinkled with parsley with some brown rice thrown in, is delicious.   Another firm favourite of mine, is a brown rice fish salad.
Admittedly, brown rice does cost a little more, however the nutritional benefits speak volumes!

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