When you hear the word Minnesota what do you think of? Cold? Accents? Maybe things on a stick? Probably all of those...but we hope that you also think of wild rice soup. In today's case, dairy free wild rice soup.
Minnesota wild rice soup is stuff of legends.
And potlucks (shudder).
Today's recipe is the simplest version of the legendary soup...from a MN gal. Ya sure ya betcha' this is a good one! One of the best parts is that I swap out the heavy cream traditionally used for Silk Products. It makes it lighter and healthier. Fun fact: Minnesota is one of the healthiest states in the US, dont'cha you know!
With "sick season" coming up on us, chicken soup is on constant rotation in our weekly menu. We get a bit bored with the traditional chicken noodle and often make chicken wild rice instead. Minnesotans swear by the healing properties of Wild Rice soup. Who am I to argue? Not with an entire state. That seems unwise.
For real, this soup is good for you and easy to make. Perhaps there is some truth to the claims of miracle healing. Unfortunately, wild rice soup often uses loads of butter, bacon, and cream totally taking away any claims to healthiness. This is one of the old-fashioned recipes that uses broth, chicken, and cream (although we use Silk milk as a substitute) making it the "healthy" version of wild rice soup.
A few tips:
- use canned, cooked wild rice if you like. ignore the whining from "true" minnesotans that claim only MN wild rice will do. not true.
- feel free to add additional veggies like carrots or mushrooms.
- to make your soup thicker use a bit more flour. thinner, add more broth.
- this recipe makes about 4 servings.
- using canned or rotisserie chicken speeds this recipe up!
- use your favorite Silk Milk product but be sure to get the unsweetened variety!
Dairy Free Wild Rice Soup
- 1 cup cooked wild rice
- 3 tablespoons margarine
- 1 cup diced celery
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 10 ounces (1 can) chicken broth
- 2 cups Silk Almond Milk (or Silk soy milk, if you prefer)
- 1-2 cups diced chicken
- salt and pepper to taste
- Melt the butter in a large pot on medium heat. Put in the onion and celery and cook gently for about 5 minutes on low heat.
- Stir in the flour. (it will look like a paste...perfect!)
- Slowly add the broth and stir. Cook until thickened, stirring often. About 4 minutes.
- Add the rice, chicken, and Silk Milk and heat through, stirring often.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
Now you can make wild rice soup without traditional milk and rank with the best Minnesotan out there!! High five!
We hope this recipe can be another great tool in your arsenal beating those nasty winter colds! Stay healthy and strong this sick season! Remember to try our Ginger Tea (we are huge fans of this stuff for sick time!), or basic homemade chicken broth (use the search tool in the sidebar to find them!). If you have any great recipes for sick people we would love to hear them!
We use Silk Milks often in our recipes. We swap out traditional cream or milk in favor of the healthier option. Give it a try on your favorite recipes and tell us what works for you! We would love to hear where you are swapping Silk Soymilk in your recipes!
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