Wild Rice with Cranberries and Carmelized Onions
Wild rice is actually a semi-aquatic grass and the only grain native to North America. Wild rice is slightly higher in protein than most other whole grains, and is a good source of fiber, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, Vitamin B6, and niacin.
1 cup wild rice
2 tbsp butter or extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 small onion, quartered, sliced into thin wedges
1 tsp maple syrup
½ tsp orange zest
½ cup dried cranberries
Sea salt to taste
In pot with tightly fitting lid, combine rice, 3 cups water and 1 tbsp butter. Bring to a boil. Stir once. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 50 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.
While rice is cooking, melt 1 tbsp butter in medium skillet over medium heat. Add onions and syrup and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and cook slowly for 15 minutes or until caramelized (golden brown appearance).
Stir into rice, along with orange zest and cranberries. Fluff with fork, add salt and serve.
Hint: You can buy a variety of wild rice blends or make your own, using ¾ cup brown rice and ¼ cup wild rice.