Into a rice cooker put:

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • ¼ cup slivered or chopped almonds
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ tsp salt

Plug in rice cooker and press the switch to begin cooking. Brown rice will take about 45 minutes. The cooker will automatically switch to “Warm” when the rice is finished.

When the rice is finished cooking, stir in 1 to 2 cups of milk (almond or soy). Cover and let stand another 10 to 20 minutes. Leave cooker plugged in to keep warm until serving time.

Check cereal just before serving. You will probably need to stir in more milk as it absorbs. Consistency should be somewhat sloppy, but not actually soupy.

Serves 5

This Madison Zen Center sesshin breakfast is served with raisins, brown sugar, yogurt, and fruit. It can also be prepared on the stove top. Toasting the almonds and/or using vanilla-flavored non-dairy “milk” makes this an especially nice dish.