Meatless Monday: Black Rice with Corn and Cranberries

This dish makes a beautiful holiday side dish, or the rice can be stuffed into small squashes, and served as a meatless main dish.


1 cup of forbidden black rice or wild rice
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
3 to 4 scallions, green and white parts, thinly sliced
2 cups thawed frozen corn kernels
1/4 cup lemon or lime juice, or to taste
1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves, to taste
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds for topping


If using forbidden rice (black rice) combine in a saucepan with 2 cups water. Bring to a rapid simmer, then lower the heat, cover, and simmer gently until the water is absorbed, about 30 minutes. If you’d like a more tender grain, add 1/2 cup additional water and cook until absorbed. If using wild rice, combine with 3 cups of water and cook as directed above.

Just before the rice is done, heat half of the oil in a large skillet. Add the garlic and sauté over low heat until golden. Add the scallions and corn kernels and sauté just until warmed through.

Transfer the cooked rice to the skillet. Turn the heat up to medium high, then add the lime juice, cilantro, cumin, oregano, thyme, cranberries, and remaining oil. Stir together gently, then season to taste with salt and pepper.

To serve, transfer to an attractive serving platter and sprinkle the pumpkin seeds over the top.

Recipe from
Serves 8 (as a side dish).


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