An Uncomplicated Life Blog: Hearty Wild Rice Pilaf

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Hearty Wild Rice Pilaf

Hubs and I ate cheeseburgers and cupcakes all weekend long, so when Sunday night rolled around, it was time for some healthy vegetarian to help bring down our cholesterol and spiked blood sugar!

The great thing about this pilaf is that it's hearty enough for a main dish. Or you could add steak to it. It's flexible, which is what I strive for in all my recipes!

Hearty Wild Rice Pilaf

- 1.5 C wild rice (get the REAL wild rice - not the wild/white rice blend. Look for all dark, long grains like what's pictured below.)
- 1 package portabella mushrooms, sliced
- 1 leek
- 1 bunch kale
- 2 C dry red wine (I used Pinot Noir)
- 3 T butter
- 1 small package chevre/goat cheese
- 1 t salt
- 1 T rosemarry
salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot, bring several cups of water to boil. Strip kale away from inner stem, coarsely chop leafy sections and place in boiling water for ten minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain the kale and set aside. Use water from the boiled kale to cook the wild rice, per instructions on the package. Add 1 t of salt.

Slice the leek and put slices in a cool bowl of water. This will pull the sand out of the layers of leek, as they're gown in sand and are quite dirty. Let soak for a few minutes, then skim the leeks off the top of the water. The sand will settle to the bottom. Discard remaining water.

In large skillet, melt butter on low heat and add the leeks. After about five minutes, add the mushrooms. Once the mushrooms are brown, salt and pepper the mixture. Add the rosemarry and boiled kale and combine on low heat. Add the wine and turn up the heat to medium, stirring constantly.

Once the sauce has reduced by 2/3, leaving a thick chunky sauce behind, turn off the heat. Add the wild rice and mix well. Serve immediately and top each portion with desired amount of goat cheese. Enjoy!


  1. I've been trying to find some new rice recipes, and this sounds amazing! I can't wait to try it soon. We eat rice all the time, so I'm always looking for some new ways to mix things up.

  2. That looks so good! I love your very specific instructions you know I need those (get the REAL kind) hahahaha. Wine and cheese in cooking makes everything delicious!

  3. This sounds so good! I love that it's hearty enough on its own as a meal!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  4. oh yummm definitely trying this!!

  5. i don't think i have ever had wild rice (or goats cheese lol) and this looks really good! you know i am always on the lookout for a meal that can stand without meat! yum!

  6. Okay that does look really good. I think if I added steak the hubs would like it, although he is finally coming around to the idea of vegetarian nights. Yay!

  7. This looks great! Thanks for sharing at the Healthy Living Link Party! I can't wait to try this!

  8. Your vegetarian pilaf recipe that is healthy sounds like a very enjoyable and nutritious choice for after a weekend of cheeseburgers and cupcakes. It’s flexibility, such as for instance the inclusion of steak, makes it versatile and fulfilling. Just like your recipe, this also speaks to the adaptability of your towing in new york city and how you need to be flexible in addressing the diverse needs of New York City’s bustling urban environment.