This Forbidden Rice and Beans is delicious and packed with tons of protein! Rice and beans make for an easy side dish or even a main dish. This recipe is loaded with forbidden rice, white beans, cilantro, onion, bell peppers and more!
This different rice and beans recipe is a combination of black rice with white navy beans. It also has peppers and onions mixed in with a burst of flavor from lime juice and cilantro. For this recipe you will need:
- olive oil
- sweet onion
- red bell pepper
- forbidden rice
- vegetable broth
- navy beans
- garlic salt
How to Make Forbidden Rice and Beans
To start, chop the onion and red bell pepper. Then, heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and pepper. Cook 3-5 minutes until softened.
Next, add rice and stir to combine with vegetables. Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
Once boiling, reduce heat to low and cover. Cook until most of the broth is absorbed. Add in the drained and rinsed can of navy beans and cover. Finish cooking until all broth is absorbed.
Remove from heat and stir in cilantro, lime juice, and garlic salt.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, while you will find some stores carry both names they are the same thing. If you can’t find a package labeled forbidden rice the black rice will work just the same! The different varieties may look slightly different once cooked. I find that forbidden rice tends to stay small and keeps its black color while black rice tends to look a little more purple and gets larger while cooking.
You can just be sure to prepare the dried beans before adding them into this recipe. While I used navy beans any white beans will work for this recipe such as great northern beans or cannellini beans.
Yes, rice is naturally gluten free and no other ingredients added to this recipe have gluten in them.
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- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 sweet onion, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 cup forbidden rice
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 can navy beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/3 cup cilantro
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 1/2 tsp garlic salt
- Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
- Add chopped onion and pepper. Cook 3-5 minutes until softened.
- Add rice and stir to combine with vegetables.
- Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, reduce heat to low and cover. Cook until most of the broth is absorbed.
- Add in navy beans and cover. Finish cooking until all broth is absorbed.
- Remove from heat and stir in cilantro, lime juice, and garlic salt.
- Serve and enjoy!
Forbidden rice or black rice can be found in most grocery stores in the specialty grains section.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1146mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 9gSugar: 4gProtein: 8g