Our colorful, hearty one pot meal is sure to be a staple in your dinner menu rotations! Filled with lean ground turkey, fresh carrots, and exotic forbidden rice, this dish is bound to be a hit with your friends and family.
According to ancient Chinese legend, forbidden (black) rice was so coveted, rare, and delicate that only Chinese emperors were allowed to eat it to ensure a long, healthy life. In the time since, forbidden rice has remained popular in certain regions of China and has recently gained worldwide recognition for its high levels of antioxidants. However, while other types of rice contain other health benefits, only forbidden rice contains anthocyanins (the purple and reddish antioxidant pigments) also found in blueberries, grapes, and acai. Scientifically speaking, antioxidants help strengthen body cells and tissues to become more resistant to dysfunction, disease, anti-aging, or free radical damage (1), and the biomarker TAC (total antioxidant capacity test) is used to determine the strength of antioxidants in certain foods. It is also useful to evaluate nutritional interventions with TAC rich foods on disease risk and prevention (1). So go ahead and indulge in this satiating, nutrient dense recipe–it’s sure to be one that keeps you coming back for more!
(1) Kusano, C., Ferrari, B. Total Antioxidant Capacity: a biomarker in biomedical and nutritional studies. Journal of Cell and Molecular Biology. 7(1): 1-15, 2008. http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.569.4404&rep=rep1&type=pdf