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College Cuisine: Brown Rice, Tomato and Basil

by Alyssa Miron, food blogger

This past weekend was intense, for lack of a better word. If there is anything one should learn from Halloween weekend, it’s to drink tons of water before nightfall hits, boost your immune system with Vitamin C (if the costume you’re wearing leaves you exposed to the Syracuse infamous winds), and to accept the fact you’ll feel completely destroyed by Sunday. But hey, it’s all in good fun!

Now that we have time to recuperate, it’s important we fuel our bodies with vitamins and minerals to replenish our systems. This recipe I’ve chosen is incredibly simple, but very rewarding to your taste buds. It’s a dish full of carbohydrates that is all dolled up in classic Italian and Asian flavors combined. It works well as a side dish to a protein, such as chicken and can be enjoyed hot or cold.

All the tools you need are a pot, a measuring cup, and a bowl to make this family-style meal in the comfort of your own apartment. Your roommates and friends will be grateful for your skills in the kitchen (if you let them have any, of course).

Now excuse me, while I go back to bed and sleep until next Halloween weekend. Click ahead for the recipe!

Brown Rice, Tomatoes and Basil


  • 1 cup of brown rice
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 cup of rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Grounded black pepper
  • 1 pound of ripe tomatoes
  • 1 cup packed with basil leaves


  1. Fill a pot with 2 and 1/4 cups of water and wait for the water to boil. Once boiling, add the rice along with 1 teaspoon of salt.
  2. Cover the pot and let the rice simmer for 30 minutes (check on the rice a few times to make sure you don’t dry out the rice and taste check to see how cooked it is). Make sure all the water is absorbed and the rice is tender.
  3. Transfer the rice to a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the rice wine vinegar, sugar, olive oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, and a pinch of pepper. Pour over the rice (try not to just dump it in. Taste it little by little to see if you actually need all of it, the vinegar can be strong for some taste buds).
  4. Add the cut up or diced tomatoes and basil. Mix the rice to spread all the ingredients around. Serve.

(My friend was so excited to eat it, she couldn’t even wait for me to serve it!)