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How to Cook Brown Rice by Moxie Gusto

May 28, 2012 • Paige

The myth that eating healthy is expensive – is false!

Simple, nutritious and low-fat food is actually some of the cheapest food out there. Brown Rice and dry beans are about $1.50 per pound.  A pound of dry beans cooks up about six cups of beans, equal to five cans.

Brown rice is packed with nutrition, and cheap. It goes well with practically anything and I think brown rice tastes a lot better than white rice.  I make big batches and keep it in the fridge for quick meals.

Learning to cook brown rice is easy.  You just need the patience to leave it alone and resist temptation to lift the lid and stir it.  For me, this was not easy!

Cooking Brown Rice

Brown Rice Method one:

  • Pour 2 cups of water in a medium sauce pan, heat to boiling.
  • Measure and rinse 1 cup of uncooked brown rice, add it to the water.
  • Stir and cover with a lid.
  • Turn heat down to low, and set a timer for 45 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, uncover.
  • Drain off any excess liquid and fluff with a fork.

Do not lift the lid, not even once until 45 Minutes are up!


Brown Rice Method two:

Pre-soaking brown rice cuts the cooking time in half!

  • Measure and thoroughly rinse 1 cup of uncooked brown rice.
  • Soak the rice in a bowl of cool water for two hours, then drain.
  • Pour 2 cups of water in a medium sauce pan and heat to boiling
  • Drain the soaked rice and add it to the boiling water.
  • Stir and cover with a lid.
  • Turn the heat down to low, set a timer for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, uncover.
  • Drain any excess liquid and fluff with a fork.

Do not lift the lid, not even once until 20 minutes are up!


If you’re not sure how to use brown rice, here are some recipes to get you started:

Southern Brown Rice Recipes @ AllRecipes.com

Recipe: Lentils, Brown Rice, and Carmelized Onions

Here is an explanation of some of the benefits of  brown rice.

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Blissfully Simple Laundry. Yes…. Laundry. by Moxie Gusto

May 14, 2012 • Paige

The next time you do laundry, don’t use any detergent.  When the washer agitates, you will see suds.  Wash without detergent again, and you will still see suds. Your clothes are full of detergent, and every interior surface of your washing machine is coated with detergent, too.

I haven’t used any detergent in about a year and I’m never going back.  The benefits are pretty amazing.

If you’re not up for going detergent-free, try cutting the amount of product you use in half. I promise: you’re not going to notice a difference except that you buy a lot less detergent.

You don’t need fabric softener, either.  Add a quarter cup of white vinegar in the rinse cycle instead of softener. Vinegar aids in rinsing out the detergent and reduces static quite a lot.  It kills odors really well.  I used a ‘Downy ball’ for the vinegar so I wouldn’t have to catch the rinse cycle. Easy and efficient!

Now, all I use in my laundry is white vinegar.  I add ½ to 1 full cup of white vinegar at the beginning in place of detergent.   My clothes are clean and soft, and smell like clean clothes.  Vinegar even does the job on my athlete teenager’s sports uniform.  I was really skeptical there, but I swear by “just vinegar” now.

After ditching laundry products and other perfumed products,  I discovered an unexpected benefit:

Now, when I go out in public I can smell everything.  The perfumes and chemicals in detergents and other products hang around a person like a cloud of fumes. I didn’t realize I had such dulled senses until I quit all that stuff!   As far as I’m concerned, white vinegar is the holy grail of household chores.