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Entree, Side, Whole Grains/Pasta/Rice, Winter |250 calories per serving|80 minute recipe

Tasty Herbed Spiced Brown Rice Balls

This content was last updated on December 16, 2019

Cancer Prevention Month is coming to an end, but good health can last all year with the healthy habits you’ve started now. These tasty, whole-grain balls can be batch-cooked and stored in the freezer for a fast anytime meal. Brown rice, garlic, and a variety of herbs and spices pack potent plant compounds studied for their role in cancer prevention, and these savory treats provide some fiber. Whip these up for a quick dinner or serve alongside fruit for a non-traditional breakfast.



  • 2 cups Jasmine brown rice
  • 3 garlic cloves, roasted and minced
  • 3 1/2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 dash pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 cup regular or gluten-free bread crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
Makes 8 servings (4 balls). Per serving: 250 calories, 8 g total fat (1.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 41 g carbohydrates, 8 g protein, 2 g dietary fiber, 180 mg sodium, 1 g sugar, 0 g added sugar.


  1. Cook rice per package instructions.
  2. To roast garlic, place unpeeled heads of garlic in a tin foil bundle, drizzle with ½ teaspoon oil and wrap tightly. Roast in 350-degree oven for 30-40 minutes, or until soft when pressed. (Note: if you’re tight on time, mince the garlic and sauté with parsley and olive oil over medium heat.) Once cool enough to handle, remove peel and mash cloves into paste.
  3. In large bowl, mix cooked brown rice, egg and Parmesan cheese.
  4. Add roasted garlic paste, parsley, salt, pepper, onion powder, and cumin. Roll mixture into small balls.
  5. Mix breadcrumbs and smoked paprika in another bowl.
  6. Roll the rice balls in the breadcrumbs mixture to coat.
  7. Heat remaining oil in a skillet over medium-low heat and cook the rice balls, turning to brown them on all sides, about 15-20 minutes.


You can roast the garlic earlier in the week when you are already using the oven

This recipe contains cancer fighting foods:

This recipe was specially crafted to support cancer prevention and survival. It adheres to AICR's Cancer Prevention Recommendations. Learn more about our recipe guidelines.

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