Wild Rice: The Versatile Whole Grain

Posted: January 6, 2016

Did you know that Minnesota lumberjacks used to eat wild rice for breakfast with honey, milk, and a little bit of brown sugar to sustain themselves while they were working all day? Wild rice is one of two grains native to the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region (the other being corn). It’s an excellent source of fiber, folate, magnesium, zinc, vitamin B, and is extremely low in fat, allowing it to be safely stored nearly indefinitely.

High in protein, fat-free, and gluten-free, wild rice is healthy addiction to any diet. Cooking wild rice on your stovetop is nearly foolproof as well. Just use a 3:1 ratio of water and wild rice, or to enhance the heartiness and nuttiness of the grain, cook it in a healthy vegetable broth or stock.

Wild rice is especially delicious when paired with sautéed mushrooms and onions, dried fruits like apricot and cherries, or with nuts like almonds, hazelnuts, and pistachios. Pair it with any recipe and wild rice will help you lead a healthy and active lifestyle. This grain’s flexibility makes it a versatile addition to many sides, entrees, salads, and even desserts. Some of our favorite recipes include:

Corn and Wild Rice Pudding
Don’t let the name fool you; this decadent side dish is not a desert, but still packs a wow factor that will have your guests asking for the recipe.

Mushroom and Wild Rice Frittata
Perfect for a Sunday brunch with friends. Impress your group next time you meet with this delicious satisfying dish.

Vegan Wild Rice Stuffed Butternut Squash
This Autumn-inspired dish is perfect for a main course or side dish addition to a summer meal.

Wild Rice and Dried Cranberry Cookies
This recipe is a dessert-and a pretty darn tasty one at that! Substitute oatmeal with wild rice for a gluten-free dessert option that is still delicious and maintains that characteristic texture.