Wild Rice with Pecans, Cranberries, and Scallions just sounds yummy! You wouldn’t have heard that from me years ago. I remember having conversations with my Dad every time my mother served rice – my being around 8 years old – going something like this:
Me: “No thanks. I don’t like rice.”
Dad: “Rice is the only food that children in China have to eat.”
Me: “I sure am glad that I don’t live in China.”
If you have anyone in your family that feels that way about rice, this dish WILL CHANGE THEIR MIND FOREVER! Once you try this amazing dish, you will be memorizing this recipe to use at least weekly.
Although I love to serve this dish with duck, pork, beef, and venison, I enjoy pairing it with other vegetables for a lighter, healthy meal. Wild rice is actually an aquatic grass and is full of magnesium, zinc, manganese, and B vitamins and contains a ton of fiber.
As much as I try to “watch what I eat” during the holidays, it never fails that I have a few extra pounds that I need to shed before springtime arrives. One of the easiest ways I have found to shed pounds, besides regularly walking and lifting weights, is to replace meat proteins such as red meat, cheese, and eggs with vegetable protein for at least one meal a day.
Combined with a complementary protein such as Brussels sprouts (check out my recipe at Bonnie Plants), nuts, seeds, or beans, wild rice meets your requirements for essential amino acids (creating a complete protein) with little fat and calories.
You don’t have to eat these essential amino acids at the same meal to meet your full nutritional needs. You can eat them at different times during the day.Sometimes, I could eat the entire bowl of this wild rice recipe, but then again I am not sure that would meet my springtime goal of getting the extra pounds off from the holidays. Happy Cooking!!
Wild Rice with Pecans, Cranberries, and Scallions
off and cover for 10 more minutes to continue steaming rice.
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pepper to the rice. Serve immediately.
This recipe is in my book, Happy Healthy Family Tracking the Outdoors In. It is perfect to have alongside of organic beef, wild venison, wild boar, and fish. If you like this recipe, check out the book here. You can take a peek into the book on that page as well. Let me know what you think!