Forbidden Rice (Black Rice) with Scallions, Ginger & Sweet Potatoes

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Did you know forbidden or black rice is a super food?  It is high in antioxidants, contains a large amount of anthocyanins (an ingredient capable of lowering the risk of heart attacks) and can also possibly reduce the risk of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and even cancer!  Besides all of this recipe’s super health benefits, it is seriously delicious!

black rice ingredients

Gather all your ingredients.

boil rice

Bring rice, vegetable broth, and salt to a boil in a pot.  Reduce heat to low and cook covered, until tender and most of water is absorbed.  (Package directions said 30 minutes but I’ve made this recipe twice and both times, it took about 60 minutes.)


While rice is cooking, heat oil in large skillet and saute ginger, scallions, and sweet potatoes.  Add soy sauce.

mix rice and vegetables

When rice and vegetables are done cooking, combine and toss gently.

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Forbidden (Black Rice) with Scallions, Ginger, & Sweet Potatoes (Source:



1 1/2 cups black rice ( Black rice is hard to find.  But I found Lundberg Black Japonica Rice which I found in the organic section at Shop Rite).

3 cups vegetable broth

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 bunch scallions, chopped

1 tablespoon minced, peeled fresh ginger

3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, cut, and diced into 1/2 inch cubes

2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce ( I used soy sauce).


Rinse rice in a mesh strainer under cold water.

Bring rice, vegetable broth, and salt to a boil in a pot.

Reduce heat to low and cook rice, covered, until tender and most of water is absorbed, about 30 minutes. (It took me 60 minutes)

Let rice stand, covered, off heat 10 minutes.

While rice cooks, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and sauté scallions, ginger, and sweet potato. Stirring, about 2 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium-low and add tamari or soy sauce.

Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until potato is just tender, about 12 minutes. (It took mine about 20 minutes).

Add rice to sweet potato mixture and toss gently to combine.

Nutritional Information for 1/5 of Recipe (Makes 5, 1-cup servings)

Calories: 291

Carbohydrates: 54 grams

Fat: 7 grams

Protein: 7 grams

Fiber: 6 grams

Weight Watchers Points Plus for 1 serving=8 Points Plus


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