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This Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing is just the thing you need as the perfect side dish for holidays, gatherings, and special occasions, and get-togethers. Wild rice blend cooked to perfection in a savory stock instead of water, then topped with a harmonious blend of flavors like cranberries, nuts, pumpkin seeds, sautéed veggies, diced apples, etc. They offer a delightful balance of savory and sweet. It comes together effortlessly with just a handful of ingredients and a mere 15 minutes outside of the wild rice cooking time. Completely Vegan + Gluten-free.
Wild rice stuffing topped with a handful of ingredients like apples, cranberries, nuts, etc. is a definite Thanksgiving staple for many, especially those on a vegan diet or who try to incorporate such dishes. If you're into traditional stuffing, then this version is a great alternative with a nice bite and balance of crunch and tenderness from the entire ensemble. You and your family can surely enjoy this stuffing to go around your turkey, whole roasted chicken, or even vegan meat alternatives. It's just the perfect fit.
I've thoroughly enjoyed my Homemade Vegan Stuffing which reminds you of a more traditional stuffing, however, for my non-vegan eaters, this Southern-Style Cornbread Stuffing is a beautiful twist in texture and flavor---a sure crowd-pleaser.
And let me tell you, this homemade vegan wild rice stuffing recipe? It's a breeze to whip up, bursting with wonderfully bold flavors, and it all comes together in perfect harmony over the stovetop and a quick toss together in a bowl. When this crowd-pleaser graces your table, get ready for a chorus of "mmm"s and "yum"s. It's a surefire hit for everyone at the table---vegan eaters and non-vegan eaters!
In general, yes! Cooked wild rice has about 30% fewer calories than brown rice and about 40% more protein. In addition, wild rice contains a great source of fiber, potassium, and zinc. Plus, wild rice is a great gluten-free option to those who are sensitive to gluten or who suffer from celiac disease.
The key to the best Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing is to use a blend that includes brown rice/wild rice as a mix or solely wild rice. In addition, ensuring that your stuffing has "layered flavor" is a must----i.e. cooking the rice in a seasoned water or stock as well as adding a bit of seasoning when tossing with remaining ingredients.
During Thanksgiving, the best recipes can be made ahead of time to avoid a completely chaotic day-of cooking session and this wild rice stuffing fits the bill. This stuffing is no different. Here's what you'll need:
Basically, wild rice to me is such an underrated superfood that has so many great benefits, including the fact that it's alkaline in nature. Alkaline foods helps to balance the body and reduce inflammation. Therefore, eating wild rice more often will aide in heart health and offers you a variety of nutrients and antioxidants that are great for your overall health.
Even though this wild rice stuffing is based on using Gala apples, you can also switch things up and add a slightly new flare in their flavor profile by adding any of the following apples for a bit more sweetness or tart:
Because wild rice is a special grain, it's super important to note that it takes longer to cook. Unlike other rice which are cooked within a few minutes, wild rice takes at least 45-60 minutes to be fully cooked.
I usually cook my wild rice with a spoon of butter and half water and half veggie stock (or all veggie or chicken stock---if not a vegan recipe) for added flavor.
Also, be sure to keep your cooked wild rice covered with a lid once the heat is turned off for another 10-15 minutes so that the rice soaks up all of the liquids and have a few minutes to rest.
Always "fluff" your rice with a fork when completely done before serving for the best texture.
To toast pecans, walnuts, or any other nuts is super easy and it works for any type of nuts! Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the chopped nuts unto the baking sheet, ensuring that they are evenly spread out and toast them for 10 minutes, tossing them halfway to prevent browning on just one side.
Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing in general is often served with more traditional ingredients. However, with this recipe, I chose to add a bit of extra flavor and "color" with diced apples and dried cranberries. Rest assured, for additional pizazz, you can add any of the following to your vegan stuffing as well:
If you're gearing up to host a Thanksgiving feast that caters to all diets, whether it's a traditional family gathering or a Friendsgiving celebration, I've got you covered! Check out these articles I've penned for some handy tips, tricks, and a deep dive into plant-based options to make your Thanksgiving day a breeze.
Leftovers can be stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, for optimal freshness. To reheat, remove the leftovers from the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature. Then bake everything in an oven-safe baking dish or large cast iron skillet in a preheated oven at 350 degrees until warmed through.
Absolutely! If you'd like to spruce this stuffing up a bit more, you can add other topping ingredients such as: chopped bacon (if not vegan), fresh parsley, hazelnuts, pistachios, apricots or cherries, sage, sautéed onions, etc. See more options in my post above!
Nope! If you don't have a wild rice blend or don't feel like using it, just substitute with regular wild rice.
Yup! Once you've cooked the wild rice and let it cool, toss together the remaining ingredients (except for the apples + pomegranate) and store in an air-tight container (or ziplock bag) that is freezer-friendly + oven-safe. Then add to your freezer and store for up to 6 months. To reheat, simply remove from the freezer and reheat in the oven per the reheating instructions.
Yes, of course! You can always cook your wild rice, let it cool, and store in a tightly sealed container in the fridge up to 2 days or so prior. Then prep your ingredients individually (including dicing apples and keeping them in a bit of lemon juice to prevent browning) and store them individually or grouped in air-tight containers in the fridge for up to 2-3 days prior. When ready to serve, bring everything to room temperature, heat your rice, sauté the veggies, toast the nuts, and assemble.
Although wild rice does mimic regular rice in a lot of ways, it actually tends to be longer, has a more nutty, earthy flavor and the hull is thicker and more rigid.
Although very rare, wild rice can be a host to ergot toxin, which can be spotted in grains that have a pink or purplish spots. Before cooking, check your rice for any questionable grains and remove them right away. The remaining batch is safe to eat.
Now that you've fallen in love with the Thanksgiving perfect flavors in this recipe, put them to good use with these other vegan + non-vegan Thanksgiving + Holiday recipes:
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