Meatless Monday – Black & Wild Rice with Roasted Squash

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Forbidden Rice, the name conjures up visions of  colorful satin, harem pants and priceless jewels. Forbidden rice (also called black or purple rice) may have gotten its name from ancient China when it was considered the finest grain (due to its rarity and high nutritional value) and only emperors were allowed to eat it.  Luckily for us, forbidden rice is much more readily available and is becoming more popular as a food staple. It has a wonderful nutty flavor and consistency, and that glorious color that turns your rice dish into a masterpiece – plus its loaded with fiber and nutrition.   ‘Black rice was proclaimed as a ‘superfood’ worldwide largely thanks to an important piece of research by Dr. Zhimin Xu, titled “Black rice rivals pricey blueberries as source of healthful antioxidants”. The research stated that “just a spoonful of black rice bran contains more health promoting anthocyanin antioxidants than are found in a spoonful of blueberries, but with less…

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