The combination of the nutty flavors from the black rice mixed with the roasted jalapeno cilantro pesto is outstanding then add in the roasted poblano and it puts it over the top!
I have wanted to try this rice with a Mexican inspired pesto for a while now and I sure am glad I did because it is so dang good! If you can’t tell I’m a bit obsessed with pesto and poblanos. Pesto is just so versatile and good for you and poblanos are probably the best tasting mild peppers in my opinion. I love it plain and I have also had it topped with some black beans and cheese then put it in the oven until the cheese is blistering and served it with hot sauce de arbol y ancho. Such a tasty meal!
Recipe: 2 – 4 Servings
- 1 Cup (or more) Roasted Jalapeno Cilantro Manchego Pesto
- 1 Recipe Black “Forbidden” Rice
- 2 Poblano Peppers
Make the pesto and set aside
Make the rice and after it boils and you reduce the heat (make sure and use a timer) start roasting the peppers then wash off the burnt skin and remove stem and seeds and dice them
Let rice sit with covered until you’re ready to mix everything together
Heat the pesto up on med – low just enough to warm up then stir into the rice along with the diced peppers and serve
Black rice contains a high amount of anthocyanin like blood oranges. The research has found that just a spoonful of black rice coating “bran” has more anthocyanin antioxidants than in a spoonful of blueberries, less sugar, more fiber and vitamin E antioxidants. It is valuable for reducing inflammation and for its anti-aging properties. It is also for, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and cancer and helps protect the nervous system from degeneration.
Poblano Peppers are extremely high in vitamin C; just one pepper has 95% of your daily value. They are great for your immune system; they help reduce inflammation like in arthritis and asthma and are helpful with increasing oxygen so the body can burn more calories 20 minutes after eating peppers. They contain lycopene, which is great for the prevention of cancers in the bladder, prostate, cervix and pancreas.