How clever am I?! Actually this recipe was a happy accident, in a way. I had some cooked black rice and I had some roasted butternut squash sitting in the fridge. The containers they were in happened to be right next to each other and I couldn't help but notice their complimentary colors. I added in a few spices and tossed them together to create this healthy Halloween dish.
Author: Lauren Grace
Recipe type: Main, Side
- 1 ½ Cups of Black Rice (forbidden rice)
- 3 cups of water
- 1 Large Butternut Squash, peeled, gutted, and cubed
- ½ tsp of Cinnamon
- 1 tbsp of Olive Oil or Coconut Oil
- ½ tsp of Cardamom
- 1 tbsp of Agave or Honey (optional)
- pinch of Sea Salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees while you are preparing the Butternut Squash
- Lay out cubed pieces of Squash on a cookie sheet and coat them with Oil, Cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.
- Bake for about 20 min or until cooked through and slightly browned
- Meanwhile combine water and Black Rice in a pot and bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer for 30 min or until water is absorbed.
- Season rice with Cardamom, Salt, and Agave.
- Toss Butternut Squash with Rice and serve, Smiley face optional : )
Black Rice, also known as Forbidden Rice, isn't a common kitchen staple, but it should be. This rice was revered in ancient China and served to the Emperor, and with good reason. For one it is delicious! I normally add a lot of different seasonings to rice, but Black rice tastes so good on its own that you don't want to ruin it by adding too many flavors. Which is why I keep this dish pretty simple. The other amazing benefit of Black rice is that it has more of the antioxidant anthocyanin then any other food, even blueberries! This antioxidant is considered to play a major role in fighting and preventing cancer. The black color also means that this rice is rich in Iron, which is a nice added benefit for any vegetarian or vegan. Black rice has been attributed to everything from fighting heart disease to improving memory. And in Chinese medicine rice is the #1 Qi boosting food you can eat. Now you won't find this in your normal grocery store, this is definitely a Whole Foods buy. And it is more expensive then your average brown rice, but with all these benefits I promise that it is definitely worth it! And who doesn't crave Butternut Squash this time of year? Butternut Squash carries the same array of nutrients found in all the other winter squashes, such as phytonutrients and antioxidants. They are all rich in fiber as well, and are considered to have an anti-inflammatory affect on the body. But the orange color of Butternut Squash gives it the added benefit of Beta-carotene which helps treat cancer and degenerative related diseases. What I love about this recipe is that it is actually a healthy Halloween dish. And if you make a little smily pumpkin face with the squash you might just even get your kids to eat it. So amongst all the sweet treats this Halloween try and leave room for this healthy meal.