Wild Rice with Caramelized Sweet Potatoes, Shallots and Mushrooms

sweet-potato-wild-rice-shallotsI was looking for something to make for lunch yesterday and I’ve been doing pretty good at steering away from breads.  But for some reason I have a harder time at lunch.  Maybe because I was brought up with the traditional sandwich and chips or soup for lunch each day.

So as I was deciding what to make, a sweet potato jumped out at me.  I love everything about sweet potatoes, but I didn’t want to just bake it, I knew I wanted to roast it and deepen the flavor with shallots and brown sugar until it got all caramelized like this:


Doesn’t that just look amazing??   All that crispiness…. mmmmm

It’s a very simple recipe.  It’s not really a recipe at all to be honest.  I just added what I had on hand which was 1/2 a sweet potato, a shallot, a few Bella mushrooms, garlic and wild rice.


As the rice was cooking, I simply sautéed the veggies in some olive oil and butter until the sweet potato was just fork tender, about 6-8 minutes. Then when the veggies were done, I added the rice and spinach into the pan and combined them all together.

Season with a little salt and pepper and you have lunch, dinner or a side dish in under 20 minutes.


This is super healthy, delicious and quick!  Don’t forget to add the spinach and pine nuts, they TOTALLY make this dish!


Wild Rice with Caramelized Sweet Potatoes, Shallots and Mushrooms

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


1/2 cup wild rice
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1/4 cup water
1/2 organic sweet potato, cut in small cubes
1 organic shallot, diced
2 cloves organic garlic, minced
3-4 organic mushrooms of choice
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon organic salted butter
handful of organic baby spinach, stems removed
2 Tablespoons pine nuts


  1. Begin by cooking the rice in the broth and water in a small saucepan. Bring it to a boil, then immediately reduce the heat to a simmer and simmer for 15 minutes. Once the 15 minutes is up, lift the lid and add the spinach to wilt. Cover for 5-10 minutes and fluff with a fork.
  2. Meanwhile, as the rice is cooking, add the oil and butter to an already hot pan (cast iron preferred). Add the sweet potato, shallots and mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 3-4 minutes stirring very little so the veggies can caramelize.
  3. Add the garlic and continue cooking another 3-4 min or until the sweet potato can be pierced with a fork.
  4. Add the rice to the veggies and season again if necessary. Top with the pine nuts.
  5. Plate and enjoy!


This nutritional information is based on one serving as a Main Vegetarian Entrée. Therefore, all information will be cut in half or 1/4 if served as a side dish. Calories 425, Fat 26 gr, Sat Fat 2.9 gr, Cholesterol 0, Sodium 324 mg, Carb 40 gr, Fiber 7 gr, Sugar 4 gr, Protein 12 gr


Recipe Source:  HappilyUnprocessed.com
I used all organic ingredients when making this recipe, and hope you do too!  🙂


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