Do you know what black rice is? What about black pasta? Or maybe black quinoa? Check out all the fun ways to use these grains to make your mealtimes more spooky! And healthy!
Black rice, also known as forbidden rice, is super rich in antioxidants and iron. Some black rice contains gluten, so if you or your child has a gluten allergy be cautious!
Black pasta can be made with black beans or squid ink. Black bean pasta is naturally high in protein, fiber, and iron. It is sodium free, and most varieties are gluten free as well.
My twins do not eat beans. They are not fond of the texture. But here are my 2 year old twins eating up the bean pasta. It’s made of 100% black beans.
Black quinoa tastes very similar to traditional white quinoa. Black quinoa has a crunchier texture, and the grains don’t stick together as much. Quinoa is a great gluten free grain that is packed full of protein.
Check out some awesome selections of each below, as well as some recipe ideas to get you started; you can use these black alternatives in any of your favorite dishes for a fun Halloween twist!
Check Out Our Other Black Bean Resources:
- Get Your Kids to Eat Beans! Using Pasta
- Top Picks: 30+ Healthy Pasta Recipes (From Beans to Whole Wheat)
- 19 Awesome Pinterest Crockpot Beans Recipes: Theme Night Ideas
Heirloom Chinese Black Rice-$17.49 on Amazon (4lbs)
Gourmet Black Japonica Field Blend Rice-$10.49 on Amazon (2lbs)
Squid Ink Spaghetti-$20.12 on Amazon (2 pack)
Zebra Black & White Bowties-$44.55 on Amazon (4 pack)
Explore Asia Organic Black Bean Spaghetti-$3.99 on Amazon
Organic Royal Black Quinoa-$14.99 on Amazon
Living Now Organic Black Quinoa– $10.68 on Amazon
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Get the recipe here for Halloween Spaghetti
Forbidden Rice with Acorn Squash and Pecans
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Get the recipe here for Forbidden Rice with Acorn Squash and Pecans
“Widow’s Nest” Spooky Vegan Pasta
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Get the recipe here for “Widow’s Nest” Spooky Vegan Pasta
Black Quinoa & Roasted Vegetable Bowl
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Get the recipe here for Black Quinoa & Roasted Vegetable Bowl
Black Fried Rice with Snap Peas and Scallions
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Get the recipe here for Black Fried Rice with Snap Peas and Scallions
Mexican Black Bean Spaghetti
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Get the recipe here for Mexican Black Bean Spaghetti
Potato Bacon Pasta
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Get the recipe here for Potato Bacon Pasta
Black Quinoa Pancakes with Blueberry Maple Syrup
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Get the recipe here for Black Quinoa Pancakes with Blueberry Maple Syrup
Black Rice Pudding
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Get the recipe here for Black Rice Pudding
Black Quinoa, Berry & Chia Seed Energy Bars
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Get the recipe here for Black Quinoa, Berry & Chia Seed Energy Bars