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Healthy Recipe: Wild Rice Dressing with Chestnuts and Cranberries

admin - December 2, 2014

Healthy wild rice dressing.

The holidays are going to be here before you know it! Instead of making traditional dressing for your family’s celebration, try substituting in this healthier version made with wild rice. It packs in just as much flavor, and is heart healthy.

Wild Rice Dressing with Roasted Chestnuts and Cranberries (click here for the full recipe)


  • 2 cups uncooked wild rice
  • 2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups whole roasted bottled chestnuts
  • 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups halved lengthwise and thinly sliced carrot
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion
  • 1 1/4 cups thinly sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Cooking spray


Health Benefits of Wild Rice

Wild rice is not only heart healthy, but good for diabetics. It’s name is a bit deceiving, since wild rice is not a rice at all. Wild rice is actually a grass seed, meaning that it is not a polished or refined grain like other forms of rice. It also does not contain sodium, which is good news for your blood pressure and your heart.

Wild rice is also rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E, and essential minerals such as phosphorus, zinc, and folate, all which have important functions in your body.

Need more reasons to eat wild rice? It contains twice the amount of protein as brown rice, and has a high fiber content. This combination will keep you feeling full, in addition to lowering cholesterol and keeping your digestion running smoothly.

Consuming the proper amounts of protein and fiber is important when maintaining a healthy lifestyle. For more information of preventive health care, visit


2 Comments so far
  1. Doris Brinning - January 20, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    This recipe didn’t tell me how to assemble it. Should it
    be baked or stove top??


  2. admin - January 20, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Hi Doris – If you click on the recipe title within the blog post it will take you to the full directions for this recipe. Thanks for your question!

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