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garlic apricot wild rice

Garlic Apricot Wild Rice – you heard me right. Sounds crazy? Well it was crazy delicious and incredibly easy.

The changing weather brings with it one of my favorite seasons of the year – running season! With running season comes a great excuse to start eating delicious wholesome grains. The rice I used for this dish is a gluten free blend of wild and whole grain brown rice. Apricots are in season (and on sale) so I couldn’t pass them up and decided they would be a nice sweet flavor addition to the grains. Sweet and savory are a classic paring, so I added copious amounts of garlic. I used dried garlic for ease but yes, fresh would be much better.

To finish the dish off, I added a solid handful of chopped flat leaf parsley. The parsley added some great color helped breakup the flavors.

This side dish is the first of 3 recipes I will post that composed a meal I made earlier this week. I will reveal the theme of the meal in my next posting but wanted to share this incredible rice dish as soon as possible.

Enjoy!

garlic apricot wild rice

serves 4

Ingredients:

1 cup dried wild and whole grain brown rice

4 apricots

1 T dried or minced garlic

½ cup chopped flat leaf parsley

sea salt and cracked pepper to taste

Directions:

Bring 2 cups of water, 1 cup of rice, and a pinch of salt to a boil on the stove in a medium sized saucepan.

When it comes to a boil, stir the mixture once and turn the heat to low.

Let simmer for approximately 50 minutes.

Meanwhile, chop the apricots (skin included) into about ¼ inch cubes.

When the rice is finished cooking, add the apricots, garlic, and parsley.

Stir, serve, and enjoy.

Time: 1 hour

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