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Easy Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing

Complete your holiday table with this vegan + gluten-free Wild Rice Stuffing recipe which comes loaded with a blend of two wild rices, cranberries, almonds, cilantro, and herbs, which create a mouthful experience.

Easy Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing

This Easy Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing is a great healthy alternative to traditional Thanksgiving stuffing without compromising flavor or having your guests feel like there’s something missing.

Easy Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing

Wild rice is one of the healthiest rices out there. While it’s described as hard to cook by some, this rice is truly worth the wait.

Honestly, I don’t eat wild rice that often, but when I do, it’s always been good especially since I like to make mine well seasoned.

Much like Basmati rice, wild rice takes a bit longer to make and for the perfect rice, requires a crucial step or two.

Nevertheless, it’s not that bad in terms of the process.

Easy Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing

Previously, I made this Brown Butter Lobster, Shrimp, Crispy Kale + Wild Rice Bowl, which was phenomenal by the way.

Packed with great flavors, a bit of spiciness, and different textures, this recipe comes as an healthy alternative for all the seafood lovers. Topped over the healthiest rice to ever exist—wild rice, this bowl wins for the best in flavor for sure!

Other than that, I haven’t made much rices which feature this type of rice, although you can always substitute my recipes which include rice with this, if preferred.

Why is Wild Rice Considered One of the Healthiest?

It’s actually not rice, it’s a seed.

It’s a whole grain that works especially for those with a Gluten sensitivity.

It’s one of the highest in protein and fiber.

Contains powerful antioxidants.

May help to decrease your risk of heart disease.

May help to lower your risk of Type 2 Diabetes.

Contains other great nutrients such as Folate, Vitamin B6, Zinc, and more.

Easy Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing

Important Tips For Making Wild Rice.

Because wild rice is a special grain, it’s super important to note that it takes longer to cook. Unlike other rices 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 chicken stock if not a vegan recipe).

Once cooked, the wild rice should begin to ‘open up’ and curl a bit, which indicates that it’s done. The amount of water to rice ratio depends on the packaging instructions, so be sure to follow it well.

Lastly, when the rice is fully cooked and you’ve turned off the heat, be sure to leave the pot cover tightly sealed for 10-15 minutes, before opening it again. This allows the rice to absorb all the moisture and create a nice texture.

Easy Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing

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This Vegan Skillet Sweet Potato Casserole is the perfect way to enjoy the Holidays while remaining dairy-free, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened. Such a healthy alternative to a classic dish.

When it comes to this Vegan Sweet Potato Pie, it is smooth, velvety, naturally sweetened, full of sweet potato flavor and is housed with a buttery, flaky crust. 

This Maple Vegan Pumpkin Pie is not too sweet, full of warming spices, and topped with a crumbly pecan and walnut crust. This pie is a perfect holiday baking recipe for Thanksgiving! 

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Easy Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing
Easy Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing

Easy Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Serves: 10 servings
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic wild rice
  • 1 cup organic wild blend rice, optional (See Notes!)
  • organic veggie stock (You can also use water if preferred; Depends on packaging amounts/measurements)
  • 1 Tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 2 tsps garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • pinch of ground turmeric

TOPPINGS:

  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup halved almonds (See Notes!)
  • handful of fresh cilantro leaves

Instructions

COOK THE WILD RICE:

  • Rinse the wild rice in fresh cold water once or twice and shake to drain.
  • In a medium pot over medium-high heat, add the rinsed wild rice (whether 2 cups or both the blend + original) along with 8 cups of veggie broth or water, bringing to a boil, about 2-3 minutes. Reduce heat to simmer and follow packaging instructions for remaining cooking time. While simmering, add vegan butter.
  • When the rice is fully cooked and you've turned off the heat, be sure to leave the pot cover tightly sealed for 10-15 minutes, before opening it again. This allows the rice to absorb all the moisture and create a nice texture.
  • NOTE: If all liquid hasn't been absorbed, drain cooked wild rice using a mesh strainer. Fluff the rice with a fork.

ASSEMBLY:

  • In a large bowl, add all the wild rice, parsley, garlic powder, thyme, black pepper, salt, and pinch of turmeric, tossing/mixing everything together until combined.
  • To serve, add wild rice stuffing to a serving platter and top with garnish ingredients—–cranberries, almonds, and cilantro. Serve and enjoy!
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • TURMERIC: While adding turmeric is optional, it definitely has benefits: powerful medicinal properties, natural anti-inflammatory ingredient, increases antioxidant activity in the body, and more.
  • STORAGE: Leftovers can be stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days, for optimal freshness.
  • ADDITIONAL TOPPINGS: 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.
  • WILD RICE BLEND: If you don’t have a wild rice blend or don’t feel like using it, just substitute with the regular wild rice.

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