forbidden rice balls

5 Jan

when i asked eli what he wanted for his first lunch at school in 2011 he immediately replied, “rice balls!!”  i bought some forbidden rice a few weeks ago so i thought i’d give it a try and, to my surprise it was very easy to make into rice balls. i took this picture on my phone’s camera right before i snapped the lid on and sent little buddy to the bus. when told it was forbidden rice he said “you mean like the forbidden city?” “yeah” i said, “i bet they ate forbidden rice in the forbidden city.” he thought that was cool! so today’s lunch was forbidden rice balls (shapes), carrot sticks, trail mix, and an apple. what wasn’t eaten at school was finished in the car on the way home.

forbidden rice

1 cup forbidden rice, rinsed and soaked over night or for several hours
-i cooked mine in 2 cups of water but i think it was too much, next time i will try 1 1/2 cups
place rice and water in pan and bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low. cook 45 minutes or until tender then set aside to cool.

rice ball filling – you can fill it with whatever you want…….here’s a good guide at just hungry.

1/4 cup(ish) filling of choice, i used ham today
1 tsp of sesame oil, just enough to cover bottom of pan
soy sauce or braggs liquid amino to taste
1 tbs sesame seeds

heat sesame oil in small cast iron pan over med heat. when hot add the ham and soy sauce stir until liquid is gone. this will not take long, add sesame seed and cook another minute or so. set aside to cool.

here are a few different way to form the rice:

just bento
lunch in a box
there is always leftover filling, i just sprinkle it over the top.


4 Responses to “forbidden rice balls”

  1. Amanda January 7, 2011 at 12:49 am #

    Hei there, Johanna directed me to your blog as I am just
    starting out gf. Today is my first full day actually. Anyway I
    cannot wait to try the forbidden rice…what a fun thing to do for
    school lunches too. I think my 6 year old would enjoy rice balls at
    school. I was curious if you use much almond flour in your gf
    baking? I just ordered some and am anxious to try it out. If you
    have any tips or favorite staples and you have the time please
    share! In the meantime I will be getting recipe ideas from your
    past entries. Thanks! Amanda

    • elislunch January 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

      Welcome, I sent you an email.

  2. Ara January 9, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    I also would like to try the forbidden rice. It looks very healthy and delicious. Thank you for sharing this to us. Oh by the way, you might like to have a stainless steel bento box as your food container. It is proven safer and durable. If you’re into fashion then this is a perfect fit for you. =)

  3. Megan February 10, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

    I LOVE this idea! I’m looking for ways to improve my son’s lunch options and this is just the ticket. Thanks!!

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