Black rice: full of antioxidants, fiber, and superior nutrients. Considered forbidden because it was only allowed for the Chinese Emperor. That's how special it is.
Compared to other varieties, this purple-ish rice has higher levels of fiber and protein and a high level anthocyanins which may offer anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits by boosting your immune system.
Nutritional Value of 1/2 cup of black rice (this is about one to 1/2 of your cupped handful): 160 cal, 5 grams protein, 1.5g fat, 2 grams fiber, and 34 grams carbs. It is also really high in iron, about 4% of your daily recommendation.
This recipe takes cooked black rice (2:1 water : rice ratio; I cooked mine in my rice cooker using the brown rice setting), roll 1/2 cup it into 2 balls with cooked shallots, garlic, and red pepper flakes and then flatten and shape into cakes, and fry in olive oil for a few minutes each side on medium heat.
Here is the rest of the delicious, balanced meal. Note: ingredients for a single meal are given, using hand portions. Use your hand for your portions, one serving of each is:
Protein = Palm
Fat = Thumb
Carb = Cupped Handful
You might eat more or less than one serving as indicated above based on your goals, activity level, and preferences.
2 palms roasted chicken breast
1 1/2 fists roasted asparagus with caramelized shallots and garlic
1/2 fist fresh kumato cherry tomato
1 cupped handful of cooked forbidden black rice made into two cakes, pan fried in 1/2 tsp olive oil
Fresh chopped cilantro and whole sprigs of cilantro
1 tbl homemade chipotle lime vinaigrette ( EVOO, fresh squeezed lime juice, ground chipotle pepper, sea salt)