Easy Wild and Brown Rice Medley

If you like rice...
this is a versatile recipe as you can add any vegetable you like and any amount.

I always thought wild rice was a member of the rice family, but it isn’t at all.  It belongs to the group of grasses that is native to North America.  However, it is just like rice as it is grown in shallow waters, particularly around the fresh water lakes of the Great Lakes.  Most of the wild rice we eat today is cultivated and not harvested from growing wild. 

Wild rice has a nutty flavor and a rice-like shape and it is perfect for pilaf, salads and soups.  Actually, it is even delicious in muffins and makes a crusty crunch when added to home-made breads.  Wild rice is the healthiest of the rice family, having less calories but more protein and vitamins than wild rice. 

Brown rice, being a whole grain, has more fiber and more carbohydrates. It is the least processed rice, kernels from only which the hulls have been removed.  It requires a longer cooking time, usually around 45 minutes.  

Brown rice

This rice dish is high on flavor with the addition green beans, carrots, sweet peppers and almonds.  It is delicious and I hope you give it a try!


Wild and Brown Rice Medley


1 package (6.7 ounces) mushroom-flavored brown and wild 
rice mix
4 green onions, chopped
1 cup cut fresh green beans, ½” pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup fresh sliced mushrooms
2 medium carrots, shredded
¼ cup chopped sweet bell pepper
¼ cup slivered almonds, toasted 

In large saucepan, cook rice mix according to directions, omitting butter.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, sauté onion and green beans in oil for 2 minutes.  Add mushrooms, carrots and pepper.
Saute 3-5 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender.
Add vegetables and almonds to cooked rice.
Stir until blended.
Place mixture into serving bowl.
8 servings.



  1. Sounds like a lovely dish. Nice combination with the nuts, mushrooms and veggies.

  2. This sounds so good and, if I might add, good for you. I can't wait to give it a try. Have a great day...Mary

  3. Lyndsey, thank you! I like the combo also!

  4. Mary, thanks! I hope you try it and like it. You have a great day also!

  5. With all of the added veggies this sounds so good! I'll be making this!

  6. great way to use rice. i love that close up picture, makes the rice grains look like pretty little pearls!

  7. That sounds like a healthy and delicious dish!

  8. JG, I hope you do and that you like it! Thanks!

  9. teresa, thanks! I thought they looked "pearly" also!

  10. 3 hungry tummies, thanks so much!

  11. just found your blog, and I'll definitely be checking back often!
    This looks SO healthy! I should replace my mid day snack with this, instead of a cupcake :)
    -Mini Baker

  12. Mini Baker, thanks! It is healthy but, that cupcake really sounds delicious to me. :-)

  13. I was just thinking about having brown rice with shrimp tonight. Love the nutty flavor. This dish sounds good...nice and healthy!

  14. Karen, that sounds like a great dinner to me! It is healthy good with lots of nutty flavor!

  15. This is an awesome post, and important. Keri

  16. Thanks Keri! Glad you liked it!


Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts!
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