Wild Rice with Dried Cherries and Pecans

Wild Rice with Dried Cherries and Pecans



1 cup brown rice
½ cup wild rice
3 cups water
1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
2 1/2 tablespoons dried cherries (or cranberries)
2 apples, peeled and cut into small dice
2 1/2 tablespoons chopped pecans (or walnuts or sunflower seeds)
spices to taste: coriander, cumin, salt, pepper


1. Wash the rice in a strainer under running water until water is clear (*if you have time, soak rice overnight, to make it softer and more easily digestible).

2. Place both kinds of rice in a saucepot with 3 cups of water.

3. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer until the rice is tender and fully fluffed, about 30-45 minutes.

4. Combine the rice in a bowl with the remaining ingredients. Adjust seasonings as necessary.
5. Serve warm or at room temperature.











**I didn’t have pecans, so I used sunflower seeds instead. Also, this is a dirty little secret but … uh, well – I don’t prewash my grains either. I know! I probably should, but I’m lazy and I just don’t. My intestinal track is better for it, I’m sure. Or not.
Both my kids liked this. BONUS.
Recipe is from Jill Tanis via Christi Lehner both of which are Holistic Health Counselors.

4 thoughts on “Wild Rice with Dried Cherries and Pecans

  1. Also – I completely forgot to add the oil. Um. Didn’t notice that it was missing, nor do I really understand WHERE it would have gone in the first place?? With the apples and cherries at the end ?? Yuck. Just my opinion.

  2. when we make rice, before i put the water in (or i use chix stock) i cook the rice in the olive oil first in the bottom of the pan. it adds some nutty flavor. (i normally put in some minced onion in there too) after you put the rice in your oil, i let it sit in there until the rice grains look translucent (5-6 min) then I add the water/stock and let it cook. my guess is that’s what the oil is for 🙂
    or– i’ve also seen some people drizzle evoo on top after the rice is cooked, which in my opinion isn’t worth the trouble!

  3. do you have the brands/types of apples you used? I’m just curious b/c this looks like something I could incorporate in to my diet, and I’d like to look up the nuturitional info (calories, carbs, fats, protein, etc)

  4. Sure thing Christy – I bought organic apples from Meijer this week – I think they’re the Golden Delicious variety. Any variety of apple will do.

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