Wild Rice is a superior gluten free food and it is so delicious. I would like to share some of the benefits of including this super food into your diet, on a regular basis. We do not hear much about Wild Rice, but it is not actually rice, it is a seed of a watergrass. So it is not only gluten free, it is highly nutritious, as well. I made a Wild Rice Dressing that was a huge hit at Thanksgiving dinner. I would love to share this recipe with you.
Wild Rice Dressing Recipe
1 1/2 Cups Wild Rice, soak in water overnight
8 slices Udi’s Gluten Free Bread (Toasted)
4 -5 Stalks Celery, chopped
1 Onion, diced
2 teaspoons Poultry Seasoning
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon Sea Salt (or to taste) and pepper
4 Tablespoons Coconut Oil, Butter, or Ghee (or even a mixture, ok to use more)
2 cans Gluten Free Chicken and Wild Rice soup (I used Wolfgang Puck’s)
12 ounces fresh Mushrooms (crimini, baby portabello, or white button), sliced
Melt Coconut Oil, Butter or Ghee in a large skillet, saute the onion and celery, then add the turmeric (this releases the beneficial oils of the herb). After sauteing for a few minutes, add in the breakfast sausage and brown. Toss in the mushrooms and the poultry seasoning.
In a 4 quart oven safe bowl, pour in the 2 cans of chicken and wild rice soup, tear into pieces the toasted Udis bread, add the skillet mixture. After draining the soaking water from the wild rice, add to the rest of the mixture. Stir it all together, with the salt and pepper, to taste.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. It will come out looking like this picture, Enjoy!
Benefits of Wild Rice As A Gluten Free Food
Why is wild rice a superior gluten free food? It is rich in nutrients, including:
- Amino Acids, like lysine an essential amino acid which is a building block for all protein. Also known to prevent cold sore and herpes outbreaks
- Healthy easily digestible fiber, very effective type of fiber that can help to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. And a fuel for healthy bacteria (i.e. probiotic, the good guys)
- Protein, over 6 grams in every cup.
- Niacin, contains twice as much as brown rice
For those individuals that are sensitive or allergic to a lot of foods, wild rice is an excellent choice. Reactions and allergies to Wild Rice are extremely rare. This seed of watergrass is a favorite gluten free food for my family, and makes the list of my top Healing Gluten Free Foods for the Gut!!