Harvest Wild Rice

From Gentle Thanksgiving, courtesy Dawn Moncrief, executive director of the Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM). (We leave off the hazelnuts for our kids, and it’s still delectable.) * See more info below.

3 cups vegetable broth
3 cups water
1/2 pound dried flageolets or Great Northern beans
3/4 cup wild rice (about 4 ounces)
2 large leeks — white and pale-green parts only
2 tablespoons unsalted margarine
1/4 lb. fresh shiitake mushrooms — sliced thin
1/4 cup hazelnuts — toasted and skinned and chopped coarse
1/4 cup dried cranberries

In a large saucepan simmer broth, water, and beans, covered, 45 minutes.
Stir in wild rice and simmer, covered, 45 minutes, or until beans and rice are tender.
Drain rice mixture and return to pan.
Cut leeks crosswise into 1/2-inch slices. Soak in water, agitating occasionally to dislodge any sand.
Lift leeks out of water and drain in a colander.
Sauté leeks in oil over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until almost tender.
Add mushrooms with salt to taste and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender (2 min.).
Stir leek mixture into rice mixture.
Reheat mixture, adding water to prevent it from sticking to skillet, before proceeding.
Stir hazelnuts and cranberries into rice mixture and serve warm.

(* FARM is a national, non-profit that advocates a plant-based vegan diet. Based in Bethesda, Md., FARM members believe that Americans should reduce their consumption of meat to ease stress on the environment and on livestock, moving toward a more equitable world order in which starvation in other parts of the world is addressed, in part, by lower meat consumption in richer countries. Americans (it’s no surprise) are huge meat consumers compared to the rest of the world, to the detriment of their health and the environment. Feeding and watering animals is more resource intensive than growing plants for food, according to FARM.)