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Forbidden Rice and Beans

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!

Forbidden Rice and Beans

Why Forbidden Rice?

Forbidden Rice offers lots of health benefits that traditional rice misses the mark on. This rice cooks in about the same amount of of time as white or brown rice so it makes for an easy swap for more nutritional value. Tried forbidden rice and don’t like it? Use this same recipe and swap for a different kind of grain!

Also, the combination of rice and beans together offers a complete protein that is perfect for a vegetarian or vegan meal. Then, add some peppers, onions, lime juice and cilantro and you have an explosion of flavor and a healthy dish!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is black rice the same as forbidden rice?

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!

Can I use dried beans instead of canned beans?

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.

Is this recipe gluten free?

Yes, rice is naturally gluten free and no other ingredients added to this recipe have gluten in them.

Forbidden Rice and Beans

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Forbidden Rice and Beans

Forbidden Rice and Beans

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Forbidden Rice and Beans is full of protein and delicious flavors.


  • 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


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add chopped onion and pepper. Cook 3-5 minutes until softened.
  3. Add rice and stir to combine with vegetables.
  4. Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
  5. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and cover. Cook until most of the broth is absorbed.
  6. Add in navy beans and cover. Finish cooking until all broth is absorbed.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro, lime juice, and garlic salt.
  8. 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

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Sunday 18th of August 2019

Great post :)

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