Friday, May 9, 2014

In The Kitchen - Black Rice Love

Black Rice Risotto recipe from Ellie Krieger
Black Rice Risotto from Ellie Krieger

Black rice is my new favorite grain and it's amazing to cook and eat. I first tasted it at one of our favorite restaurants, Mistral, and have been itching to make it ever since.  I was so happy this week when I found it at Trader Joe's.  Black rice turns into a glorious deep purple when cooked ... it's a real plate stunner!

Dubbed a "superfood" by many, black rice is also known as forbidden rice or purple rice and has the most amazing texture and chewiness.  It's actually a combination of different glutinous rices (not gluten!) and is even better for you than brown rice.  Black rice contains more healthy antioxidants than blueberries!

Here are some black rice recipes that I'll be playing with:

Tropical Black Rice Salad
Black Rice Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Black Rice Salad with Butternut Squash & Pomegranate Seeds

Black Rice Salad with Butternut Squash & Pomegranate Seeds recipe
Black Rice Salad w/Butternut Squash & Pomegranate Seeds

Aside from Trader Joe's, brown rice is also available at Whole Foods and many health food stores. You can also purchase it online from Amazon.com:


Buon Appetito!

Images via:  Food Network | My Recipes

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