This is adapted from a recipe shown on a Good Eats episode (Alton Brown). I was never happy with brown rice, because it was always too hard and never quite absorbed enough flavor. The first time I made this, I was hooked. I am giving my adaptation, however the original is simply rice, water, butter and salt. It's the method that makes this one incredible. Sometimes I exchange part of the water for fresh lemon juice and toss in some slivered almonds and drop the veggies (excellent with curried shrimp). Other times I use chicken broth, add sesame oil, soy sauce, and fresh peas and use it as a mock fried rice. Making it with chicken broth walnuts and dried cranberries is nice with turkey as a holiday side dish. It's great to bump up the "healthy" factor. Be creative and enjoy!