Meatless Monday Recipes: Forbidden Rice Pilaf courtesy of inSHAPE

Considered by the ancient Chinese to be the finest grain, black rice was
served only to the Emperor and forbidden (hence the name) to commoners.
Fortunately for us, that isn’t the case any longer!

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Considered by the ancient Chinese to be the finest grain, black rice was served only to the Emperor and forbidden (hence the name) to commoners. Fortunately for us, that isn’t the case any longer! Not only can we utilize the grain to add visual impact to our plates, but also for a healthy boost to a dish.  Black rice carries all the great nutritional aspects you’d expect from brown rice with the added boost of heart-healthy antioxidants. Loaded up with walnuts and veggies, this dish is still light but filling and totally easy to prepare!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked black rice
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped

Preparation:

Drizzle olive oil in sauce pan, and drop tomato, onion and garlic in for a quick sauté.  Once onions are relatively clear and tomato skins are tender, remove from heat. Add a bit of water to deglaze pan then use hand mixer to purée to desired consistency. Add 2 1/2 cups of water and the uncooked rice. Return to low heat and cover. Cook for about 35-40 min.

Toss with veggies and chopped walnuts and serve.

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