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Old 12-05-14, 12:25 PM
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Cheap, easy substitute for rice?

I've decided to remove rice from my diet after reading reports on arsenic content, etc. I wonder if you could help me find a substitute product that:

-Is comparable in price to white or brown rice
-Can be cooked in a simple rice cooker

Quinoa meets the second criterion but not the first (at least not where I shop). Maybe barley or some other similar grain?
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I prefer quinoa over rice. You might try millet or bulghur and as mentioned spelt and barley too. For a non-grain/seed alternative I put cauliflower florets in a food processor and pulse until the shreds resemble rice grains in size. Add the cauliflower to boiling water, with or without salt and boil until tender, just a couple of minutes. Drain and use it as you would rice. I like it stir fried.
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Originally Posted by clemsongirl View Post
For a non-grain/seed alternative I put cauliflower florets in a food processor and pulse until the shreds resemble rice grains in size. Add the cauliflower to boiling water, with or without salt and boil until tender, just a couple of minutes. Drain and use it as you would rice. I like it stir fried.
Good tip. I just discovered cauliflower as a decent potato substitute, too.
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Originally Posted by clemsongirl View Post
I prefer quinoa over rice. You might try millet or bulghur and as mentioned spelt and barley too. For a non-grain/seed alternative I put cauliflower florets in a food processor and pulse until the shreds resemble rice grains in size. Add the cauliflower to boiling water, with or without salt and boil until tender, just a couple of minutes. Drain and use it as you would rice. I like it stir fried.
I put the florets in a steamer, then, after they are soft, mash them to a rough consistency. I make an au graten dish with onion, leeks, swiss cheese and panko bread crumbs.
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Old 12-05-14, 05:16 PM
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Try farro as a rice replacement. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farro
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Old 12-05-14, 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Shifty View Post
I put the florets in a steamer, then, after they are soft, mash them to a rough consistency. I make an au graten dish with onion, leeks, swiss cheese and panko bread crumbs.
My mom did something similar to this. Good stuff.

I don't know about being comparable to rice in price, but pasta is relatively inexpensive and there's so many types. I'd consider Farro pasta, but my terminology might be off.
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Old 12-05-14, 08:05 PM
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Rice is bad for you?
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Rice is bad for you?
Everything is bad for you. Then next week, it's good for you again. I pay no attention to these "studies"
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Old 12-05-14, 08:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart View Post
Everything is bad for you. Then next week, it's good for you again. I pay no attention to these "studies"
probably the best idea
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Old 12-05-14, 08:45 PM
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I used to eat the upper page corner of books I was reading.

No nutritional value, but good fiber and place holding...
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Old 12-05-14, 09:50 PM
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Originally Posted by ganchan View Post
I've decided to remove rice from my diet after reading reports on arsenic content, etc. I wonder if you could help me find a substitute product that:

-Is comparable in price to white or brown rice
-Can be cooked in a simple rice cooker

Quinoa meets the second criterion but not the first (at least not where I shop). Maybe barley or some other similar grain?
Another Consumer Reports reader, eh?

I used to use quick-cooking barley in place of rice just for something different.
Unfortunately, the local supermarket has only the conventional barley that takes an hour to cook.
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Old 12-05-14, 10:08 PM
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You're worried about the arsenic in rice?

LMAO... Do you eat chicken? because it contains 200 to 300 ppb (parts per billion)... which is WAAAY more than rice..

not all rice has the same amount of arsenic in it... depends on the type and where it's grown...

brown rice tends to have more arsenic than white rice... except for California brown rice, which has the lowest levels overall..

all types of foods have arsenic in them... don't be paranoid...

no one wants any arsenic, but I wouldn't freak out over negligible amounts found in rice either...

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Originally Posted by bigdo13 View Post
You're worried about the arsenic in rice?

LMAO... Do you eat chicken? because it contains 200 to 300 ppb (parts per billion)... which is WAAAY more than rice..

not all rice has the same amount of arsenic in it... depends on the type and where it's grown...

brown rice tends to have more arsenic than white rice... except for California brown rice, which has the lowest levels overall..

all types of foods have arsenic in them... don't be paranoid...

no one wants any arsenic, but I wouldn't freak out over negligible amounts of rice either...
Don't tell him about bananas... (radioactive)
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
I used to eat the upper page corner of books I was reading.

No nutritional value, but good fiber and place holding...
Pulp fiction?
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Originally Posted by Greg_R View Post
Don't tell him about bananas... (radioactive)
Any food with potassium will have naturally occurring radiation to one degree or another.
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The arsenic in rice is probably what keeps the bacteria from eating us alive.
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Bigdo13,

I'd like to know more about the arsenic content in brown rice from sources other than California. Can you share your sources? Does the study you are referencing distinguish between organically grown brown rice and non organic?

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Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
Rice is bad for you?

Some studies showed that rice grown in some areas pulls arsenic out of the ground.

I figure its been going on for years; I LOVE rice... and I'm still kicking. I'm not going to worry too much about it. Might be an issue when used in baby formula though.
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Originally Posted by TallTravel View Post

I'd like to know more about the arsenic content in brown rice from sources other than California. Can you share your sources? Does the study you are referencing distinguish between organically grown brown rice and non organic?
I remember reading some where (probably the internet) that Arkansas, a big rice producer, has more naturally occurring arsenic in their soil. No worries, just a regional thing. I just look for California organic brown rice.
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How Much Arsenic Is in Your Rice - Consumer Reports
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I've decided to remove rice from my diet after reading reports on arsenic content,
Oh good grief. There are no studies showing unsafe levels of arsenic in US rice, nor any ill effects from the arsenic levels found. Find something better to worry about.
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Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart View Post
Everything is bad for you. Then next week, it's good for you again. I pay no attention to these "studies"
The key is to pay attention to actual studies, and not pseudo-scientific hucksters and alarmists.

See Is The Food Babe A Fearmonger? Scientists Are Speaking Out : The Salt : NPR for an example.
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Thanks Shimagnolo- I also read the 2012 version of this article which is probably what I was trying to remember. Their recommended serving sizes is pretty much in line with what we eat. Arsenic is virtually everywhere.
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