Less Boring Wild Rice

Here’s a quick and easy way to make your boxed rice less boring. Let’s face it, we’re all busy and boxed rice can be pretty darned tasty. We don’t necessarily want it to look boxed, though, right? We want it to look and taste like we put a lot of heart into it. So let’s do that. I love sauteed mushrooms and almonds, which made it Less Boring Wild Rice.

Less Boring Wild Rice

Making Less Boring Wild Rice

While preparing your boxed rice according to the directions, take some sliced mushrooms and saute them in a little butter. Kick it into high gear and add some garlic; either fresh minced or some garlic powder. I just want enough garlic to make my kitchen smell amazing, but heap in on if you’re a garlic lover.

Less Boring Wild Rice

I throw my sliced almonds in with the butter and mushrooms while they are sauteing. Everything is looking good and smelling great.

Less Boring Wild Rice

What goes with Less Boring Wild Rice?

Less Boring Wild Rice is a fast and easy side dish that would go great with most proteins, like chicken or steak. I love it with my Roasted Almond Pork Loin that I serve with a side of Apple Salsa with Cilantro.

Less Boring Wild Rice

Or one of my favorite dinners is some Less Boring Wild Rice with salmon and a side salad. It’s easy, healthy, and so good!

Less Boring Wild Rice

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Less Boring Wild Rice

A quick and easy way to make boxed rice look like you spent a lot of time making it. (but you didn't)
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Resting time10 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almonds, boxed rice, mushrooms
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 227kcal
Author: Sweet Ordeal


  • 4 oz. box Farmhouse Long Grain & Wild Rice, Herb & Butter
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, divided
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup almonds, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • sprinkle of parsley (optional)


  • Start by making your rice according to box directions: add required 2 cups water and 1 Tbsp. butter. 
  • Then add 1 Tbsp. butter to a saute pan and saute mushrooms and almonds with garlic powder on medium heat until mushrooms soften. 
  • After rice has cooked, stir the mushroom mixture into the rice, rest approx. 10 minutes. 
  • Sprinkle with some chopped parsley and enjoy!


Calories: 227kcal
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