Maple Bacon and Cashew Fried Black Rice

I bought black rice from Costco once on a whim.  I always love to try new and different things, especially if they're healthy.   My hubby and I were hooked!  Black rice is supposed to have more antioxidants than broccoli, but what draws us to it is it's slightly fruity flavor.  Plus, one serving of black rice has 3 grams of dietary fiber, only 1 gram of sugar, 5 grams of protein and 4% of your daily requirement of iron.  We gave up our Costco membership but I was able to get black rice on Amazon.  I'm not sure if our regular grocery stores carry it yet.  

I began this recipe by making the rice with pineapple juice, chicken broth and maple syrup.  Truthfully, this was a thrown together recipe with what I had in the kitchen because I still haven't been able to get to the grocery store this week!  I had three strips of turkey bacon that I used, but I think I would have liked a little bit more.  The rest of the recipe was kind of a take on a chicken salad recipe that I came up with recently that had dried cranberries, bacon and green onions.  I also wanted a little bit of a spicy kick, so I added a little cayenne powder from my kitchen spice pantry.  I love the addition of the cranberries, but my kids picked all of their cranberries out!  Other than that, they loved this rice.

This recipe could be made vegetarian by leaving out the chicken broth and bacon (obviously).

The key to any fried rice recipe is chilling the rice before you fry it.  That helps it not get mushy (I'm sure that's the technical term!)

Ingredients

1 cup of pineapple juice
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 cups of uncooked black rice
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cayenne powder

10 baby carrots, shredded
1/2 cup cashews, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
3 strips turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled

4 green onions, white and green parts, chopped

1 - 2 Tbsp. canola oil
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
black pepper to taste

Directions
Place pineapple juice, chicken broth, maple syrup, brown sugar and cayenne powder in medium saucepan.  Bring liquid to boil and add rice.  Turn to low, cover, and simmer for 35 minutes.  

When rice is done cooking, add shredded carrots, cashews, dried cranberries and turkey bacon.  Place rice combination in a medium bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least three hours.  

Heat pan over medium high heat and add canola oil.  Add rice and stir to heat (about 2 - 3 minutes).  Add green onion and soy sauce.  Stir to incorporate soy sauce and onions.  Add black pepper if desired.

Enjoy!

I could not get a gorgeous picture of this fried black rice!  This was the best I could do.



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