Boorrito Bowls with Black Forbidden Rice

Boorrito-bowl-spookyI agonized over the spelling of Boo-rrito. I finally decided I needed to stay close to the original spelling, you know, to honor the source of my inspiration. This is an incredibly easy weeknight meal you can whip up around Halloween.

Black-Beans-with-RiceObviously, we like to play with food at our house. The real reason behind funny names and silliness is simple: I want my kids to feel comfortable with a carrot and relaxed with radishes.

Halloween lends itself to brilliantly colored produce like avocados, orange bell peppers, and deep purple carrots.


But my latest find is Forbidden Black Rice. I found it at my local Safeway, high above the other rice mingled amongst the organic quinoa and pearled cooked beautifully in my rice cooker and it became the foundation for a deliciously spooky weeknight meal. I enlisted Big P to dice the orange bell pepper. I chopped up the tomatoes and avocados. We created spooky monsters with crazy eyebrows made from bell peppers and serious eyes out of tomato wedges. (I can see someone shredding spinach for their Boorrito Bowls for a gnarly beard or mess of hair.)Boorrito-with-chipsEveryone built their own monster and gave a thumbs up for the new scary rice.

Don’t let Halloween slip by without a meal focused on naturally fun foods. It’s the perfect chance to introduce a whole grain, like Black Forbidden Rice, because it just fits right in with Halloween. Have a great week, friends. Look for a sweet Forbidden Black Rice recipe coming out later this week!

Boorrito Bowls with Black Forbidden Rice


  • 2 Cups Black Forbidden Rice, cooked
  • 1 Can Black Beans (about 2 cups), rinsed
  • Orange Bell Peppers, diced into triangles
  • Tomatoes, sliced into wedges
  • Avocado, sliced
  • Lime Cilantro Dressing
  • 1 Lime, cut into wedges
  • Other Toppings:
  • Plain Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream
  • Salsa
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Leftover chicken, steak, or pork
  • Blue Corn Chips


  • Cook your rice according to package directions. I used a rice cooker and it's perfect every time without having to watch the stove. While rice is cooking, prep your toppings.
  • Arrange your black rice, black beans, toppings, and dressing for family and guests to build their own. Invite them to create their own scary creature in their Boorrito Bowl.

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