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This Protein-Packed "Rice" Will Help You Balance Your Meal-Prep Macros

I was enjoying using their line of chickpea pastas in place of wheat for a little extra protein and fiber boost at dinner. Their chickpea-based rice stacks just as well as nutritionally, with 5g of fiber, 11g of protein and 10% of our daily iron and potassium needs per serving. Their legume-based rice had a similar nutritional profile, with just a little less potassium per serving. But did it actually cook well and taste good? Here's what I thought.

I'm terrible at cooking rice on it's own and if I do not have access to a rice cooker I will not do it. But I decided to give it a shot of the chickpea-based Banza rice, and I must say it was pretty foolproof. Banza website advises against using a rice cooker. I would definitely recommend cooking your rice in a big pot. (Related: How to Meal Prep Mediterranean Diet Lunches in 3 Easy Steps)

The rice also took five minutes to cook, which is a huge time saver for weeknight dinners or when you're trying to meal several dishes.

It is important to note, however, the Banza rice is much more or less than a grain for your burrito bowl or stir-fry (although, it sure looks like it!) It would be perfect in oro salad, soup or risotto, but not so much in a curry dish. I loved the texture and heartiness of the rice and truly did not know if it had been a traditional orzo or this chickpea version. [Broom is a little pricier than your average bag of white or even brown rice (about $ 4 for an 8-oz package)] (1965) it's a great option if you're avoiding gluten or just trying to get more. As a vegan, I love that it's a great iron booster and I'm sure it's Banza's rice on heavy rotation in my home. Banza's new rice line is also available exclusively at Whole Foods, but you can order it online through Banza's website.

CookingLight.com by Lauren Wicks.

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