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Medjool Dates, Apricots and Wild Rice Casserole

Medjool Dates, Apricots and Wild Rice Casserole


  • 3 tbsp. butter

  • 2 ribs of celery, chopped

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary

  • 1 tsp. dried thyme

  • 4 cups cooked wild rice blend* (we like a brown and wild rice mix)

  • 1 cup Natural Delights Medjool dates, pitted and chopped (about 10 dates)

  • 2/3 cup diced ham

  • 1/2 cup diced dried apricots

  • 3/4 tsp. salt

  • 1/2 tsp. pepper

  • 1 cooking apple (such as Granny Smith, Braeburn, Golden Delicious or Jonagold), peeled, cored and chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 180 °C. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the celery and onion and cook for 5 minutes or until soft. Stir in the rosemary and thyme and remove from heat.

  2. Stir together the cooked rice, vegetable mixture, dates, ham, apricots and apple in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and spoon into a buttered 2 litre baking dish. Cover and bake for 30 minutes or until hot.

*1 1/3 cup of uncooked rice will yield approximately 4 cups cooked rice.

Serves 6
Total Time: 1 hour

Nutritional analysis (per serving):

Energy: 420 kJ (Cal); Fat: 10 g; Saturated Fat: 5 g; Trans Fat: 0 g; Monounsaturated Fatty Acids: 2.67; Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids: 0.50; Cholesterol: 30 mg; Sodium: 360 mg; Potassium: 509 mg; Carbohydrates: 77 g; Fibre: 7 g; Sugar: 35 g; Protein: 9 g; Vitamin A: 15%; Vitamin C: 8%; Calcium: 6%; Iron: 10%.