Here's a fun way to jazz up wild rice. Soy sauce and chicken bouillon add plenty of flavor, while celery, mushrooms and water chestnuts help dress it up. "My husband and two adult children love this delicious side dish," comments Joyce Bodle, Enumclaw, Washington. "It's convenient, too, because you can make it a day ahead."
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium chicken bouillon granules
- 2 cups sliced celery
- 1 medium onion, halved and sliced
- 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 cups coarsely shredded cabbage
- 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts
- 2 cups cooked wild rice
- Combine the cornstarch, water, soy sauce and bouillon until blended. In a nonstick skillet, saute the celery, onion and mushrooms in oil for 8 minutes. Add cabbage and saute for 2-3 minutes longer or until cabbage is just crisp-tender; stir in water chestnuts.
- Stir soy sauce mixture and add to the skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir over medium heat for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in rice.
- Pour into an 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 8 servings, 3/4 per serving.
Originally published as Wild Rice Casserole in Light & Tasty December/January 2004, p23
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