Apricot Wild Rice Stuffing (gluten free + vegan)

I’m calling this “stuffing” even though it’s not stuffed inside a bird (though, I don’t see why it couldn’t). However, stuffing is so yummy – especially when it’s chalk full of whole food, veggies and healthy fats – that you should be able to eat this regardless – and making it outside of a bird, plus using veggie broth – makes this a dish you can serve to any vegan or vegetarian friend of yours that comes to dinner! Food for everyone.

Dinner side dish - apricot wild rice stuffing gluten free and vegan thanksgiving

Apricot Wild Rice Stuffing

1 ½ cups wild rice
2 cups chicken broth (use veggie broth for vegan friendly)
2 cups water
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
8 celery stalks, finely chopped
1 cup finely chopped kale, no stems (approx 3 leaves)
1 onion, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
½ tsp ground thyme
½ cup chopped pecans
1 cup chopped dried apricots (approx. 20 whole dried apricots)


  1. Heat a large saucepan on medium and add 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Chop celery, onion, kale, apricots and pecans separately. Add celery and onion to the saucepan and cook until translucent. Set kale, apricots and pecans aside separately.
  3. Add rice, broth, bay leaf, thyme and water to the saucepan, stir, and simmer covered for 40 minutes – checking around 30 minutes to ensure you have enough liquid. Add more water as needed to prevent burning to the bottom of the pan.
  4. Remove the saucepan lid and reduce heat slightly. Stir frequently until remaining liquid is absorbed (approx. 5 minutes). Once absorbed, add finely chopped kale on top, place lid back on, and allow to steam until kale is soft. Stir into mixture.
  5. Stir in chopped apricots and pecans and remove bay leaf from the stuffing mixture. Enjoy!

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Sarah Maughan is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist based in Toronto, ON and has been consulting since 2009. Her website aims to educate you, make you laugh, help you live and inspire you to eat whole food! To stay up to date sign up for free blog and recipe updates! In the meantime, empower your body with food!
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