Wild Rice

Wild Rice

Low in calories and high in antioxidants, this nutrient-dense food (it’s technically not rice but rather seeds of edible grass) contains more protein and fiber than the regular rice. It’s also delicious, has a nutty aroma and an interesting chewy texture.

I lived everywhere from Europe, to The East Coast, to The West Coast and just about everywhere in between, with each region shaping my culinary style into what it is now. Being a Prairie Girl, as this is where I live at this time (for now anyway,) cooking wild rice is like a second nature to me, since it’s native to the Canadian Prairies.

It’s not always easy to find in stores, but if you happen to get your hands on it, grab a package, as having this in your pantry will make a great side dish or provide an excellent option for your vegetarian friends.

Wild Rice Salad and Carrot Salad

Yields4 Servings

 1 cup wild rice
 5 cups water
 ½ tsp kosher salt

1

Rinse the rice in a colander under the running water.

2

Combine rice, water and salt and bring to boil. Cover, reduce to simmer and continue cooking for 45-60 minutes until some of the grains burst open and the texture is chewy. Some recipes recommend using only 3 cups of water and cooking until it’s fully absorbed, but I found the results to be better when its prepared in a way similar to pasta – boil it in more water then needed and when your rice is cooked, drain it.

3

Enjoy it by itself drizzled with some olive oil, add nuts and dried fruit or stir in a bunch of cooked vegetables for a hearty satisfying dish.

Ingredients

 1 cup wild rice
 5 cups water
 ½ tsp kosher salt

Directions

1

Rinse the rice in a colander under the running water.

2

Combine rice, water and salt and bring to boil. Cover, reduce to simmer and continue cooking for 45-60 minutes until some of the grains burst open and the texture is chewy. Some recipes recommend using only 3 cups of water and cooking until it’s fully absorbed, but I found the results to be better when its prepared in a way similar to pasta – boil it in more water then needed and when your rice is cooked, drain it.

3

Enjoy it by itself drizzled with some olive oil, add nuts and dried fruit or stir in a bunch of cooked vegetables for a hearty satisfying dish.

Wild Rice

Happens to be Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegetarian and Vegan. As with all gluten-free recipes, ensure your wild rice is not cross-contaminated with gluten.

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