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Healthy Pesto Brown Rice Recipe

Eating ‘clean’ has always been hard for me because I love my carbs. Yes, carbs are essential. But if like me you have a penchant for white rice, bread and pasta – basically high glycaemic index (GI) carbs – this ‘Pesto Brown Rice’ recipe will be the perfect start to your ‘eat clean’ journey.

The more processed the food is, the higher its GI value. High GI food items cause insulin spikes, which will increase your susceptibility to diabetes in the long run. Replacing daily staples like white rice, with low GI value alternatives like brown rice can really make a difference. Just like how I did for this recipe 🙂

Here we go!


  • 2 cups brown rice


  • 4 ounces of fresh basil
  • ¾ cup toasted pine nuts
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice


  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Kale
  • Salt

Saying that this meal is easy to make is an understatement. All you got to remember is cook-pound- sauté.

First, cook the rice as you normally would in your rice cooker.

Secondly, pound all the ingredients listed above to make your pesto sauce. Now some people might prefer pulsing them in the food processor for convenience sake. But since basil bruises easily, it is easy to over-process it. So be careful! Another tip is to lightly toast the pine nuts, which adds to the creaminess of the sauce.

Lastly, sauté some kale with extra virgin olive oil, and add salt to taste. To serve, mix the pesto and brown rice together, and top it off with your sautéed kale. And you are done! 🙂

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By Atikah Razak
March 16, 2017

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