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Mediterranean Wild Rice w/ Pine Nut Cheese

This recipe for Mediterranean Wild Rice with Pine Nut Cheese is so versatile. You can eat it warm, cold, as a side dish, main dish, or even as a snack. It’s also incredibly healthy!

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Last weekend the weather was in the 60-degree range in Michigan. This put me in the most fabulous mood and naturally I started mentally gearing up for spring! Yes, I know it’s February and one would expect it to get cold again, but I can’t control how my mind works when it comes to warm weather. I go straight to denial. =)

But then, you guessed it. This weekend came and went with a high of 42 degrees and it snowed a little too. UGH. I admit it set me back a bit, and I started to feel that winter depression kick in. So I went to the gym, and it helped. And then I started dreaming of vacation again, even though we JUST returned from Hawaii 3 weeks ago. I asked my husband “where are we going next?!”. The good thing is, he’s the same way so he understands. We can’t stay in one place for too long.

Another thing I do when I have the winter blues is cook! And thus, this recipe for Mediterranean Wild Rice with Pine Nut Cheese was born. I love this stuff because it’s full of nutritious colorful veggies, and can be eaten hot or cold. It’s also completely oil-free and really good for you!

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To begin, cook the wild rice mix according to package directions (don’t include a flavor packet if included or butter/oil- it’s not needed). Different types of wild rice may take longer and require more liquid, depending on the brand you choose. Generally, wild rice takes about 40-45 minutes to cook on the stovetop, but you can also use your rice cooker or Instant Pot to save time.

While the rice is cooking, you can chop your veggies and make the pine nut cheese. In a food processor, add the pine nuts, nutritional yeast, sea salt, garlic powder and Aleppo pepper/red pepper flakes (if desired). Process for 1 minute, or until pine nuts are broken down into a fine meal-like consistency, similar to the photo below..

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In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons vegetable broth. Then add mushrooms and stir and cook for 4-5 minutes until tender. Add the roasted red peppers, spinach, and parsley. Stir. Add the cooked wild rice to the veggies. Then add the pine nut cheese and lemon juice and stir. Remove from heat.

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This recipe makes about 3 cups and serves 4. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

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Mediterranean Wild Rice with Pine Nut Cheese

Mediterranean Wild Rice with Pine Nut Cheese | via veggiechick.com #vegan #oilfree

This recipe for Mediterranean Wild Rice with Pine Nut Cheese is so versatile. You can eat it warm, cold, as a side dish, main dish, or even as a snack. It’s also incredibly healthy and easy to make!

  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Mediterranean, Vegan, Oil-Free

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice mix (3 cups cooked)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts (toasted is preferred)
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Aleppo pepper OR red pepper flakes, optional (more if desired)
  • 1 1/2 cups white mushrooms, broken into small pieces
  • 10 ounces roasted red peppers, diced (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup packed baby spinach, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat leaf Italian parsley
  • 3/4 cup pitted kalamata olives, cut into 1/3’s
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Cook wild rice according to package directions. *Do not use flavor packet or add oil/butter if instructed on box.
  2. While the rice is cooking, chop your veggies and make the pine nut cheese. In a food processor, add the pine nuts, nutritional yeast, sea salt, garlic powder and Aleppo pepper/red pepper flakes (if desired). Process for 1 minute, or until pine nuts are broken down into a fine meal-like consistency.
  3. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, heat 2 tablespoons vegetable broth. Add mushrooms; stir and cook for 4-5 minutes until tender. Add roasted red peppers, spinach, and parsley. Stir. Add the cooked wild rice to veggies. Then add the pine nut cheese and lemon juice and stir. Remove from heat.
  4. Makes about 3 cups. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Notes

Different types of wild rice may take longer and require more liquid, depending on the brand. Generally, wild rice takes about 40-45 minutes to cook on the stovetop, but you can also cook in the rice cooker or Instant Pot to save time.
You can eat this dish hot or cold. You can also make double the recipe and it’s an excellent potluck dish.
*Pine nut cheese inspired by Minimalist Baker’s Vegan Parmesan.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4

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4 Comments

  • This looks unbelievable! I’ve never had pine nut cheese, but as a big lover of pine nuts, I can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
    • Thanks Sharon! I really love this dish, and the pine nut cheese (and the olives of course) are the best part! =)

      Reply
  • Just prepared this dish. It tastes way better than I expected! I was supposed to pack a box for tomorrow’s lunch at work but I have already eaten half of it!!! I think the pine nut cheese gives it a really nice flavour! Thanks for the recipe!

    Reply
    • Aww thank Haneen, I’m so happy you loved it! =)

      Reply

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