For a hearty breakfast, serve steaming wild rice topped with toasted pecans, maple syrup, milk or half-and-half, and a pat of melty butter. The recipe comes from The New Midwestern Table ( by Minnesota chef Amy Thielen.

Source: Midwest Living


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  • In a small saucepan, bring the rice, the water and a pinch of salt to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 25 minutes or until rice is tender. (Drain off any remaining cooking liquid.)

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  • Spoon rice into bowls. Top each serving with a teaspoon of butter, plus maple syrup, nuts and milk.

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Minnesota chef Amy Thielen cooks with truly wild rice harvested from local lakes (as opposed to the cultivated wild rice sold at supermarkets). It has a smokier flavor and lighter texture, but either will work in her recipes. Keep in mind that farmed varieties take longer to cook; follow package directions. You can buy natural wild rice online; search for “Minnesota wild rice” and avoid anything labeled cultivated. Because it’s hand-processed, natural wild rice needs extra TLC. Rinse the rice under running water in a sieve, swishing the rice with your hand until the water runs clear. Transfer the rice to a saucepan and add water to cover. Pour off any black bits or floating kernels, and pour the rice back into the sieve to drain.

Nutrition Facts

170 calories; 6 g total fat; 3 g saturated fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 2 g monounsaturated fat; 11 mg cholesterol; 55 mg sodium. 160 mg potassium; 25 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 6 g sugar; 5 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 156 IU vitamin a; 0 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 2 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 27 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 33 mg calcium; 1 mg iron;