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Yummy Fixins: Forbidden rice

Arica Davis
Yummy Fixins

Legend has it forbidden rice was eaten exclusively by Chinese Emperors to increase longevity and health. Not only is forbidden rice high in many nutrients, but it is also very tasty. Forbidden rice is a great source of iron, vitamin E and it's very high in antioxidants. Take a look in the rice section at Raley's or Grass Roots, pick up a bag of this forbidden rice and give it a try. This recipe is vegetarian, but I like to add sautéed shrimp for extra protein. (To cook the shrimp; peel and toss into one teaspoon of sesame oil and one teaspoon of red chili paste, sauté for two to three minutes on each side, or until the shrimp is no longer translucent. Place a couple shrimp on top of the rice once it is plated). If you would like to add more vegetables to this dish some other tasty options are radishes, sugar snap peas and edamame. Feel free to get creative and enjoy!

Forbidden Rice Stir-Fry

Makes 4 Servings

Rice

1 cup black rice

2 cups of vegetable broth

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1 tsp sesame oil

pinch of salt

Stir Fry

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 tbsp ginger, minced

1/2 onion, chopped

2 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp soy sauce

1/2 tbsp red chili paste

3 cups bok choy, chopped

1 cup mushrooms, sliced

8 oz. sliced water chestnuts

1 yellow bell pepper, julienned

¼ cup green onions, sliced for garnish

2 tbsp sesame seeds, for garnish

To make the rice, bring the water to a boil in a small pot. Add in the rice and a pinch of salt, return to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer, cover and cook for about 30 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.

While the rice is cooking prepare your vegetables. Heat the sesame oil in a large pan and add in the garlic, ginger, onion and red chili paste. Sauté until fragrant then add in the rest of the vegetables with soy sauce, cook for five minute or until the bok choy wilts. When the vegetables are ready toss in the rice, season with salt and pepper. Taste and season with soy sauce and red chili paste as needed. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.

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