plant based protein


We all know how to get protein from animal-based sources and while I am not a vegetarian, I currently choose to eat mostly plant-based foods.

Forbidden (or black) rice is richer in protein compared to white and even brown rice. It also contains the highest amount of antioxidants compared to all other rice varieties and it is these antioxidants that provide many of the research-backed health benefits.

Forbidden rice gets its name from its history of VIP status. This rice was originally reserved exclusively for the Emperors of China due to its nutrient content and “meaty” taste.

I believe the hearty, nutty, meaty taste and texture comes from the high protein content in forbidden rice. A quarter cup dry rice gives you 5 grams of protein. That puts it at a decent 9% protein compared to about 7% in that of brown rice.

Protein is required for the creation of your hormones, tissues, enzymes and more. Including adequate protein throughout your day supports stable blood sugar levels and this doesn’t only apply to diabetics. If you have strong cravings or mid-afternoon energy crashes, you are going to want to avoid a blood sugar rollercoaster and protein can help.

Forbidden rice also contains at least twice the amount of fiber to support regular and efficient elimination (I’m talking pooping again ladies).

Other vegetables like asparagus, broccoli and mushroom contain protein as well, which give this dish a well-rounded amount of protein to satisfy your hunger as well as your body’s needs.

The rice is cooked in rich-tasting coconut milk that supplies your brain with medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) that are easily converted to energy.

Eat this rice and live like an Emperor!

The Forbidden Bowl
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
  1. 1 cup forbidden rice
  2. 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  3. 1 cup water
  4. 1/2 tsp pink salt
  5. 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  6. 3 green onions
  7. 3 carrots
  8. 1 sweet potato
  9. 1 bell pepper*
  10. 1 cup broccoli
  11. 1 small zucchini
  12. 6 asparagus
  13. 1 cup green beans
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Finely dice all of the vegetables and lightly drizzle with avocado oil, salt and pepper
  3. Roast vegetables for 10-15 minutes
  4. Add Forbidden rice, coconut milk, water, pepper and salt to a medium sauce pot
  5. Bring to a boil and stir
  6. Reduce to a simmer and cover with the lid
  7. Cook for 30 minutes
  8. Turn off heat, stir and let sit for about 20 minutes
  9. Stir in vegetables and serve
  1. *Omit bell pepper if in the elimination phase of the elimination diet or use as a reintroduction recipe for bell pepper
Jessica Stopard