Next time you鈥檙e prepping聽that聽Insta-worthy聽rice bowl or sushi, consider swapping out the聽usual white rice for black rice. It鈥檚 also waaaaay healthier, clocking in at fewer calories but more fiber, iron and protein than other rices. Black rice has been聽revered聽in China since ancient times聽for its health-promoting properties. It was once such a valued聽food that black rice was *forbidden* on the tables of聽all but聽royalty and the聽very wealthy 鈥 hence the nickname. Here are 18 black rice recipes that will make you聽feel healthy, wealthy and wise.

Miso Forbidden Black Rice Bowls Recipe

1.聽Miso Forbidden Rice Bowls: This tart and umami miso sauce pairs so well with the nuttiness of the rice and natural sweetness of the yam. Top it up with avocado for healthy fat and 鈥 voila! 鈥 you鈥檝e got one聽AH-MAZING buddha bowl. (via聽Full of Plants)

Baked Orange Cauliflower and Forbidden Black Rice Recipe

2.聽Baked Orange Cauliflower and Forbidden Rice: This is sure to be your go-to when you鈥檙e craving takeout. The sweet orange chili glaze聽is a healthier Panda Express taste-alike. (via聽Simple Healthy Kitchen)

Black Rice Ramen With Garlic Matcha Chickpeas Recipe

3.聽Black Rice Ramen With Garlic Matcha Chickpeas: Anything forbidden has to taste better than normal stuff 鈥 amiright? The black rice ramen is divine, but聽it鈥檚 the matcha-roasted chickpeas that are聽the real star of this show. (via聽Amy Sheree)

Black Rice Pudding With Coconut and Mango Recipe

4.聽Black Rice Pudding With Coconut and Mango: Coconut milk and a dash of coconut sugar give this bowl just the right amount of sweetness. It鈥檚 perfect for a weekend breakfast or when you鈥檙e craving a light dessert. (via聽Bourbon and Honey)

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5.聽Forbidden Cold Ramen: If you love satay sauce, you鈥檒l adore this black rice ramen version. Cold ramen keeps well in the fridge, so this is perfect to take into the office for a yummy and healthy mason jar lunch. (via Estalystic)

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6.聽Black Fried Rice With Snap Peas and Scallions:聽This recipe is so addictive, it鈥檚 sure to become one of your go-tos. (via聽Feed Me Phoebe)

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7.聽Black Rice Noodle Bowl With Roasted Squash and Creamy Miso Dressing: Black rice noodles are a perfect substitute in any bowl where you鈥檇 normally use聽soba noodles. All that glorious black rice flavor in noodle form packs a punch鈥 pow! 鈥 straight聽to your聽taste buds. (via聽From the Land We Live On)

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8.聽Thai Chicken Forbidden Rice Soup: There is so much to love about this simple Thai soup. And since black rice has聽the highest antioxidant level of all rices, feel no shame聽about going back for seconds! (via Gather and Dine)

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9.聽Black Rice and Arborio Risotto With Artichokes: Mixing black rice with arborio rice gives this dish the creamy texture of an Italian risotto.聽If聽fresh baby artichokes aren鈥檛 in season, you can substitute frozen and it will taste just as good. (via聽NYT Cooking)

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10.聽Black Rice and Spinach Salad: Black rice turns this gluten-free salad into an antioxidant-rich power salad. Serve this at your next girlfriends鈥 brunch and everyone will be so impressed. (via聽Seasonal Cravings)

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11.聽Senposai, Daikon and Chili Garlic Chicken Wraps: This crock pot recipe could not be easier. The naturally giant聽senposai leaves make a perfectly sturdy聽gluten-free wrap, and despite their size聽they have a delicate baby spinach taste that is a nice contrast聽with the chili garlic sauce. (via聽Simple Seasonal)

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12.聽Mango Sticky Rice Lassi Parfait: If a lassi and a horchata had a baby, it would look like this. This sticky rice pudding is a great聽make-ahead. Prep it during your big weekend cook up, then dole it out all week as needed. (via Sun Diego Eats)

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13.聽Black Rice Tabbouleh With Chickpeas Feta and Pistachios: Fair warning: This salad is聽so delicious, you will not be able to聽stop eating. One bite of the聽nutty black rice with crunchy pistachios and salty feta and you will be in gastronomic bliss. (via聽Taste, Love and Nourish)

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14.聽Soy Ginger Shrimp With Forbidden Rice: You鈥檝e heard of engagement chicken? Well, this is *fall in love with me* shrimp. (via聽The Little Epicurean)

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15.聽Farmer鈥檚 Market Forbidden Rice Bowls With Tahini Apricot Sauce: If you want聽to live a little on the edge but in the *healthiest* of ways, this rice is your jam. (via The Roasted Root)

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16.聽Porcini Mushroom, Greens and Forbidden Rice Gratin: Super food meets comfort food in this tasty gratin. (via聽Vanilla and Bean)

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17.聽Black Rice, Beet and Kale Salad With Cider Flax Dressing: This is one salad that鈥檚 best made ahead, because the longer it marinates, the better it tastes. It鈥檚 a perfect side dish to take to a party, but it鈥檚 also simple enough to make a portable office lunch. (via聽Yummy Beet)

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18.聽Black Sushi Burger: We don鈥檛 usually include recipes in other聽languages, but this one is so Insta-worthy, it鈥檚 worth the extra click to get your聽Google translation. Sushi burgers are so on trend right now, but the black rice grains make this one聽*almost* too beautiful to eat. (via Aime & Mange)

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