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Basmati and Wild Rice Pilaf

What you need: 

6 cups water
1/2 cup wild rice, rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 med. fennel bulb, quartered lengthwise, cored and chopped
1 teaspoon ground fennel
1 garlic clove minced
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 cup basmati rice, rinsed well and drained
1 teaspoon lemon pepper, or to taste
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts

What you do: 

Bring 1 quart water to a boil and add the wild rice. Lower heat to a gentle boil, cover and cook 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add onion and saute over medium heat until tender. Add the fresh fennel, ground fennel, garlic, vegan wine and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until pan is nearly dry. Bring remaing 2 cups water to a boil. Meanwhile add the basmati rice to the skillet and saute for 5 minutes stirring as needed. Cover the skillet and lower the heat. Cook over low heat for about 20 minutes, until the rice is tender. Turn off the heat. Gently mix the wild rice into the basmati-onion mixture along with the pine nuts and parsley. Add the lemon pepper to taste. Serve immediately or hold in a warm oven until ready to serve.

Preparation Time: 
45 min
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
5
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

Loved the flavor of this and it was hearty and nutritious! I sauted the veggies then added the wild rice then 20 minutes later the brown.  This took at least 1 hour 20 minutes to make since the wild rice actually takes an hour.  You'll have LOTS of left-overs!

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