What if we told you that you could eat double your normal portion of rice and consume the exact same number of calories as a single portion? You’d probably break out the basmati. Researchers at the College of Chemical Sciences in Sri Lanka have discovered a way to cut the calories in rice by up to 50 percent. The best news? It can be done in a home kitchen. All you need to do is add coconut oil (3 percent of the weight of the rice) to the boiling water before adding the rice. Then, when the rice is cooked, let it cool in the refrigerator for 12 hours. It’s that simple. The explanation: The lipids in the coconut oil stop some of the rice’s starches from turning into digestible starches. Right now the method reduces rice’s calories by only about 12 percent, but the researchers are confident that they will be able to get to 50 percent soon. Until that happens, here are eight recipes for healthier rice dishes.
1. Lemony Rice-Parsley Salad
Parsley is high in vitamins A, C and K and extremely low in calories. It also has an unbeatable flavor in this bright salad.
2. Brown Rice Pilaf with Mushrooms
The wonderfully nutty and chewy brown rice in this simple pilaf is a great source of fiber.