I really like brown rice but if you don’t make it right it is really awful.  I usually make a whole bag of it, measure out 1/2 cup portions and freeze it.  My favorite method for cooking brown rice is kind of strange but produces perfect rice every time.  I use an 8 quart pot, fill it 2/3 of the way with water and bring the water to a boil.  I rinse the brown rice, usually Lundberg’s short grain organic brown rice or brown rice from the bulk section at Central Market, anywhere from 2 cups to a whole bag (1 pound).  I simmer the rice uncovered, just like you would cook pasta, for about 30 minutes.  Check it and if it’s still too hard, cook a little longer.I then drain the rice in a colander and place the rice back in the pot, put the cover on and let it steam for about 10 minutes, off the heat.  It will be tender, fluffy, and perfectly cooked, ready to eat plain or in various recipes.  I take the frozen portions to work sometimes and cook on high for 45 seconds in the microwave.
For the brown rice and vegetable saute I use bits and pieces of vegetables I have on hand, however for a formal recipe:

Brown Rice and Vegetable Saute

1 T vegetable oil
1 small onion, diced 1/4 inch
1 clove garlic, minced
1 T fresh ginger, grated
1/2 cup chopped zucchini, diced, 1/4 inch
1/2 cup chopped carrots, diced, 1/4 inch
1/2 bell pepper, diced, 1/4 inch
2 cups cooked brown rice
3 T low sodium soy sauce
2 T chopped cilantro, and 2 T finely sliced scallions for garnish
1 egg or 2 egg whites (optional)
other options include 1/2 cup cooked beef, chicken, or tofu

Heat oil in large skillet and saute the onion, garlic, and ginger stirring constantly.  Add vegetables and cook until tneder but still a little firm.  Add brown rice, soy sauce, and sesame oil.  Sprinkle with cilantro and scallions and mix well.  I also used an egg this time.  Push the rice to the side and add either 2 egg whites or 1 egg that has been beaten.  Cook and then mix with the rice.  This recipe also freezes well.  A serving of the brown rice and vegetable saute with a piece of fish or chicken and a salad makes a delicious dinner.  Try it and let me know how you like it.