This wild rice filling has the same delicious flavors as the traditional filling, but it’s healthier, lighter, and full of incredible nutrients!
Gluten-free filling option
Traditional filling is made with bread, and for those of you who are gluten-free, this really isn’t an option! Our recipe replaces bread with wild rice. Wild rice is a nutrient powerhouse. Even if your family isn’t gluten-free, wild rice is a deliciously healthy substitute for bread. It gives this filling essential texture and flavor as well as all of the extra nutrition!
Fresh herb hack
Did you know that it is actually cheaper to buy a whole pot of fresh herbs than a small plastic clamshell container? I will buy a new pot of herbs every few months and keep it on my windowsill until I manage to kill it. But I can always replace it for only $ 2.99! After buying herbs this way, I repot them to a larger pot and it helps them last a little longer.
What really adds filling to the amazing taste and flavor is the fresh herbs! We used sage, thyme and parsley. And if you can buy these in pots, you’re not spending a fortune on just one recipe!
Best vegetables for stuffing
Vegetables are the final component to make this filling super healthy and delicious! For this recipe we kept it traditional and only used celery, onions and mushrooms. Some other great veggie options for stuffing:
CarrotsKaleCubed Sweet Potato or Squash for an autumn torch
Finally we mixed it together and heated it throughout (full recipe below). You can do this and serve it right after it’s cooked, or you can stuff a bird with it! We did both. When you fill it there is definitely more flavor and more of that soft and sticky texture to your finished filling.
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1 Cup Wild rice, raw1 Cup chopped celery1 Sliced cup Mushrooms, brown, italian or crimini1 medium onion3 tablespoon Butter, unsalted3 teaspoon Thyme, fresh1/8 Cup Parsley (fresh1/2 teaspoon Sage, ground1 teaspoon Salt-1 teaspoon black pepper, ground
Cook your wild rice according to the directions in the package.
Chop all of your vegetables. Melt butter in a pan and add vegetables. Cook until the vegetables soften.
Add spices and cook for a few more minutes.
Lastly, add your cooked wild rice. Add enough salt and pepper to taste.
Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 35G | Protein: 7thG | Fat: 9G | Saturated fatty acids: 6G | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 617mg | Fiber: 4thG | Sugar: 3G