Monday, July 22, 2013

Super Ingredient In Action: Forbidden Rice

Kicking off a new series of posts here on The Healthilicious Chick with my good friend and amazing cook, Abbey Bell. A lot of people hear about some great new food or spice that they should be adding to their diet, but have no idea what to do with it. Well we are here to put an end to that issue! Abbey and I are combining efforts; each post will showcase a super, nutrient dense ingredient and Abbey will give a delicious recipe so we can all starting eating it immediately.

Meet Abbey:

Hi Everyone!  I'm Abbey from Abbey Bell Catering. I used to be Lauren's Pilates instructor, but now I'm her cooking instructor. When Lauren told me she was getting certified as a holistic health coach, I thought it was the perfect opportunity for us to learn from each other. I've asked Lauren to share an ingredient and it's benefits for my clients and in return, I've created a recipe for you incorporating that very ingredient.  Today, we're cooking with black rice.
When Lauren gave me her write up about Black Rice, the first thing I thought was how beautiful an array of colorful vegetables would look against the black backdrop, so I've created what I'm calling Black Rice Fun-Fetti! I've curated a rainbow of anti-oxidant rich vegetables that have been lightly sautéed and tossed with the rice and a light Asian inspired dressing.  This is a gluten-free vegan recipe that is a perfect side dish to your protein of choice or add your favorite beans to create a complex protein and compete meal. Enjoy!
Check out why you should be eating Forbidden Rice (Black Rice)!
Black Rice Fun-Fetti
1 cup uncooked black rice prepared to package directions*
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/2 large onion, diced
1 large, red beet, steamed and diced*
2 large carrots, diced
1 yellow pepper, diced
2 cups shredded lacinato kale, raw
2 tablespoons cilantro, minced*
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
3 tablespoons unseasoned rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon gluten free soy sauce
1 tablespoon+ grated fresh ginger, to taste
Sprinkle of cayenne pepper
Prepare the black rice according to the package directions. While the rice is cooking, heat a sauté pan over medium heat and add coconut oil.  Sauté the onion and yellow pepper together until just soft.*  Add to a large bowl.  In the same pan, sauté the carrots until just soft and add to the same bowl.  Add the beets, kale, cilantro and rice to the bowl and toss.  In a separate bowl, combine sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, ginger and cayenne pepper and drizzle over the rice salad.  Toss all ingredients together and enjoy!
Helpful Hints:
  • The key to fluffy rice that isn't gummy is to add just a touch less water than called for and to let the rice steam with the lid on and light off for 10-15 minutes after the cooking time.  Perfect every time!
  • I steamed the beets in a pot filled with shallow water, but you could easily use pre-cooked organic beets. Trader Joe's has a great version in their refrigerator section.
  • Not everyone likes cilantro.  If you're one of those people substitute Italian parsley.
  • I find the vegetables are easier to digest slightly softened, but be sure not to cook them until the are mushy. You want to retain the texture of the vegetable.  


  1. I made the Black Rice Fun-Fetti last night and everyone loved it. Only change I made was when I sauteed the veggies used vegetable spray and 1 TBSP coconut water. Barbara