I thought I'd center this week's recipes around my new favorite food - black rice, aka Forbidden Rice.
Now, if you find yourself in the rice aisle at Whole Foods, you'll be overwhelmed by just how many different varieties of rice there are (who knew?!!). But I first read about black rice a couple of months ago, and of course, the fact that it's healthier than brown rice even made it shoot to the top of my grocery list.
How healthy? If you compare it cup for cup to brown rice, they are fairly similar in nutrition, until you get to the phytochemical content. Just like you've heard for years - opt for the food with more vibrant and/or darker colors. In this case, the black rice. A spoonful of cooked black rice actually has more anthocyanin than a spoonful of blueberries. Crazy huh. So, when you're looking for a carb side for your meal, and rice is on your mind, you might grab black rice to add some variety and extra phytochemicals to your diet.