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Easy Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing
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Easy Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing

This Easy Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing is a great healthy alternative to traditional Thanksgiving stuffing without compromising flavor. Complete your holiday table with this vegan + gluten-free recipe which comes loaded with a blend of wild rice, cranberries, almonds, cilantro, and seasonings.
Course Side Dish
Keyword almond, classic, cranberry, dairy-free, dinner, easy, fall recipe, food, gluten-free, healthy, herbs, holidays, homemade, plant-based, recipe, savory, thanksgiving, traditional, vegan, vegetarian, wild rice
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

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!

Notes

  • 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.