Vegetarian Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf

Rice with mushrooms and fresh parsley
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Ratings (16)
  • Total: 68 mins
  • Prep: 50 mins
  • Cook: 18 mins
  • Yield: about 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
344 Calories
14g Fat
46g Carbs
12g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: about 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 344
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 857mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Protein 12g
Calcium 154mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Looking for a perfect vegetarian entree for vegetarian Thanksgiving or an everyday side dish? This vegetarian wild rice and mushroom pilaf recipe combines flavors of fall, such as mushrooms and almonds, for a dish that's both versatile and delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup wild rice (uncooked)
  • 2 3/4 cups vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cups brown rice (uncooked)
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups mushrooms (sliced)
  • 2 celery stalks (sliced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup almonds (chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. Bring the vegetable broth to a boil in a large saucepan and add the wild rice. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes and then add brown rice. Cover and cook for another 45 minutes or until the rice is fluffy.

  2. In a large skillet, saute the onions and garlic in olive oil until onions are brown and caramelized, about 8 to 10 minutes.

  3. Add mushrooms, celery and spices and cook for another 5 minutes, adding more oil or a little bit of broth if needed.

  4. Add the cooked rice, fresh parsley and almonds and stir well to combine. Cook for another 1 to 2 minutes until all of the ingredients are just heated through.

Notes:

  • This recipe calls for brown rice, which has some added health benefits over white rice. Research shows that eating five or more servings of white rice per week is associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes while eating two or more servings of brown rice may be associated with a lower risk of developing the disease.

  • While it's not totally necessary, there are some extra steps you can take to make the best rice pilaf imaginable. Toasting the rice briefly in some oil over medium-low heat before cooking the rice will give it a slightly nutty flavor and will cause the moisture to absorb more slowly, which helps the rice maintain its shape and seals in the fiber to avoid the rice becoming sticky. You may also want to let the rice sit off the heat covered undisturbed for about five minutes instead of fluffing it right away after cooking.