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Wild Rice with Acorn Squash, Caramelized Onions, Pomegranate and Maple Vinaigrette

Wild Rice with Acorn Squash, Caramelized Onions, Pomegranate and Maple Vinaigrette
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Ingredients

For the Wild Rice:

  • 1 cup wild rice, rinsed well and drained
  • 4 cups vegetable broth or water

For the Acorn Squash:

  • 2 acorn squash, peeled and cut into small cubes (or 1 butternut)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

For the Caramelized Onions:

  • 1 large onion, sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • Sea salt

For the Vinaigrette:

  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

To Serve:

  • 1 cup pomegranate
  • Pumpkin seeds (totally optional)

Instructions

For the Wild Rice:

In a medium saucepan, bring the wild rice and the broth/water to a boil. Reduce the heat to obtain a simmer, cover and let cook approximately 45 minutes, until some grains start to burst open and the rice is still chewy. Drain and set aside.

For the Acorn Squash:

Preheat the oven to 400˚F (200˚C). In a mixing bowl, place the squash cubes, the olive oil, the maple, and some sea salt and pepper. Mix well with your hands and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until tender and cooked through. Remove from oven and set aside.

For the Caramelized Onions:

Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes. You may need to adjust the heat. You want the onions to brown, but not burn. Add a sprinkle of sea salt, mix well and lower the heat a little. Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes, until the onions are soft and caramelized. Add the balsamic and the maple syrup, mix well and remove from the heat.

For the Maple Vinaigrette:

Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl or shake in a mason jar.

To Serve:

Place the rice, the acorn squash, the caramelized onions, the vinaigrette and the pomegranate in a large mixing bowl and mix well. Remove to a serving platter and enjoy! Bon appétit!

Keywords: wild rice, squash, pomegranate, maple

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