Saturday, November 13, 2010

Wild Rice Harvest Casserole

Sometimes the angels give me the strangest recipes but they are so good! This mix of fruits, veggies, grains, and beans is a whole meal or a great side dish and can be eaten warm or cold.

1 cup of wild rice cooked with 2 cups of water
1 can of black beans (14 1/2oz)
1/2 c dried cherries or raisins or similar dried fruit
1/2 c chopped walnuts

1 large or 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
4 medium apples (any kind) diced (I like Fuji)
1 big bunch of grapes (about 3 cups) cut in half

2 T fennel seeds
olive oil

Heat oven to 500 degrees. This sounds weird, but mix apples, sweet potatoes, and grapes with enough olive oil to coat and sprinkle with fennel seeds. Put in a heat proof casserole dish and roast at 500 degrees for 20 minutes or until potatoes and fruit are tender.

In a big bowl mix the rice, beans, dried fruit, walnuts, and the roast apples, sweet potatoes, and grapes. Make sure to get all the olive oil and juices out of the roasting pan and into the mix. If the apples didn't give off much juice, you can mix in a little apple juice or other kind of juice to moisten. This is so yummy, I had to make a second batch and share with all my friends!

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