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Long Grain and Wild Rice with Mushrooms and Shallots

Long Grain and Wild Rice with Mushrooms and Shallots

by Pam on December 12, 2012

I wanted to make a quick and easy side dish to serve with the chicken I was making for dinner. I grabbed a box mix of wild rice and decided to kick it up a notch. I sautéed some mushrooms and shallots then topped them off with a bit of butter and soy sauce before mixing them and some fresh parsley in with the prepared wild rice mix. This dish couldn’t have been easier to make and the added mushroom and shallots made the rice taste so much better!

Prepare the rice per instructions.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add the mushrooms then leave them alone for 3-4 minutes before flipping them with a spatula; add the shallots and cook, stirring often, for 2-3 minutes. Add the butter and soy sauce to the pan and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.

Once the rice has finished cooking, mix in the mushroom mixture and most of the parsley then gently fluff with a fork to combine the mixture.  Sprinkle the top with the last bit of parsley. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



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Long Grain and Wild Rice with Mushrooms and Shallots




Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 30 min.

Total Time: 35 min.



Ingredients:

Box of wild rice mix, prepared per instructions
1 tsp olive oil
6 oz of button mushrooms, sliced
1 shallot, sliced
1 tsp butter
1-2 tsp soy sauce
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Directions:

Prepare the rice per instructions.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add the mushrooms then leave them alone for 3-4 minutes before flipping them with a spatula; add the shallots and cook, stirring often, for 2-3 minutes. Add the butter and soy sauce to the pan and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.

Once the rice has finished cooking, mix in the mushroom mixture and most of the parsley then gently fluff with a fork to combine the mixture. Sprinkle the top with the last bit of parsley. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

 

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Cream of Cauliflower – Come for the Soup, Stay for the Bacon Gremolata

We’re heading into the heart of hot soup season, and this
cream of cauliflower will ward off autumn’s chill with the best of them. I’m a
big fan of the cauliflower in all forms, but this simple soup may be my
favorite application.


Of course, human nature being what it is, I wasn’t satisfied
with just the soup, and wanted to garnish with something new and exciting.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t think of anything, so I decided to follow that age-old
advice which says, “when in doubt, bacon.”

I’ve garnished soups like this with bacon before, but never
tried toasting breadcrumbs in the rendered fat. Not surprisingly, it worked
very well, and the additions of lemon zest and parsley elevated things even
more. The only problem with a recipe like this is the next time I’m served a
cream of cauliflower, no matter how good it is, I’m going to be a little sad
there’s no bacon gremolata floating on top.

By the way, I realize there are no breadcrumbs in a true
gremolata, but I thought it sounded kind of cool, and besides, I’ve never been
that big on respecting the sanctity of culinary terms. I was going to go with
“baconized breadcrumbs,” but that sounded a little too much like molecular
gastronomy, which is much worse.

If you’re not into eating animals, some diced shiitake
mushrooms and a pinch of smoked paprika would be a great substitute in the
gremolata. You’d also need to add some olive oil to replace the rendered bacon
fat, but you probably knew that.

Now that I think about it, that vegetarian version sounds
pretty amazing as well. Maybe next time I’ll skip the bacon and…oh, who am I
kidding? Anyway, I hope you give this delicious fall soup a try soon. Enjoy!


Ingredients for about 8 servings:
1 onion, chopped
1 rib celery, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic
salt to taste
1 large russet potato, peeled, quartered
2 heads cauliflower, trimmed
1 quart chicken broth
1 quart water
1/2 cup cream
cayenne to taste
For the gremolata:
4 strips bacon
1 1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs

Veggie Shooters (Crudites with Skinny Ranch Dip)

Fresh cut vegetables served in individual shot glasses with your favorite dressing makes for an easy, healthy, elegant appetizer. No double dipping!

Think color and use your favorite vegetables; raw zucchini or celery would also be great. These are also kid friendly, my daughter loves bell peppers, carrots and cucumbers.

Of course, you can buy store bought dressing to save time, but whipping up a batch of your own is easy. You can make the dip and cut the vegetables ahead of time, then assemble when you are ready to serve it. If you are serving vegans or dairy free diets, swap the ranch dip for hummus!

If you’re heading to a Holiday party and are worried about over-eating, bring these veggie shooters and skip the chips!




Veggie Shooters (Crudites with Skinny Ranch Dip)
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 11 • Size: 1/4 cup dip with vegetables • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 2 pts
Calories: 73 • Fat: 2 g • Carb: 10 g • Fiber: 1 g • Protein: 4 g • Sugar: 4 g
Sodium: 331 mg  

Ingredients:

For the skinny ranch dip:

  • 3/4 cup fat free sour cream
  • 3/4 cup fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup Hellman’s light mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh chives or dill
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup 1% low fat buttermilk

For the crudites:

  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 large English cucumber, cut into strips
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into strips 
  • 11 baby arugula leaves for garnish
  • 11 shot glasses

Directions:


To make the dip: In a small bowl combine the sour cream, yogurt, mayonnaise, garlic, powder, onion powder, parsley, chives, salt, and cracked pepper. Mix well.


Stir in the white balsamic vinegar; then buttermilk. Adjust the seasonings to taste, adjusting the vinegar as needed, the flavors will become bolder over time.



To assemble the shooters: Place 1/4 cup of dip in each glass. Place the strips of vegetables in each glass and serve cold.