1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add green onions to pan, and sauté 1 minute. Add 2 1/2 cups water, garlic powder, and salt; bring to a boil. Add brown rice; reduce heat to medium, and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes or until water is absorbed. Stir in parsley, thyme, sage, and, if desired, lemon rind.
Note: Long-grain rice may be substituted for quick-cooking brown rice. Reduce water to 2 cups, and reduce rice to 1 cup. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook 20 minutes or until water is absorbed. Proceed as directed.