Saweet Pecan and Wild Rice Salad

Do you people watch?

If you haven’t tried it, you must! It’s a great way to pass time, especially at the airport!

I was in line at the post office yesterday and as always, was observing the people around me.

There was a lady that kept checking her phone for what must have been an important email she was waiting for.

The man in front of her wouldn’t stop nervously tapping his left foot. I felt like giving him a hug, but I refrained myself.

And then, there was the McPusher.

Background: Mom and 3 kids. The two of them were twins; about 7 years old, and the third was maybe 5.

Mom: ‘After we’re done here we’re going to have some dinner’

Kids: ‘Yum, ya! I’m hungry!!’

‘They have veggie burgers at our favorite restaurant’

‘Ew, veggie burgers. I don’t like veggie burgers’

‘You don’t like veggie burgers from Mc…’

‘MCDONALDS! No veggie burgers from McDonalds!’

‘We could go to the vegetable restaurant and have wheat grass’

‘Gross, wheat grass. I want a KidMac!’

[the youngest one started crying at this point because she didn’t want to go to the vegetable restaurant]

‘We could have KidMac’s with extra cucumbers!’


‘We could have KidMac’s with red peppers and deep fried carrots’

‘No! McDonalds, McDonalds, McDonalds’ [chanting]

‘Okay, we’ll go to McDonalds, no vegetables!’

‘Yay! I love you, Mom’

Anyone else see something incredibly wrong with this?

I stood there in aw. Did that mom just encourage her kids to choose McDonalds over vegetables?

[If you’re interested, please see read: Food For Thought: My Personal Reflection on Nutrition Choices, a follow up to the above]

Warning: there are LOTS of veggies in this recipe. No deep fried carrots though.



Saweet Pecan and Wild Rice Salad
Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Refined sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free
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Serves: 5 cups of salad, or 4-6 servings
Black beans, pecans, anise and wild rice tossed in a sweet teriyaki sauce.
  • ½ cup wild rice
  • ½ cup brown basmati rice
  • 2¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce – I used Braggs soy sauce [gluten free]
  • 1 tablespoon agave or raw unpasteurized honey
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 teaspoon arrowroot powder *see note
  • ½ cup black beans
  • ½ cup red pepper, diced
  • ½ cup yellow pepper, diced
  • ¼ cup pecans, chopped
  • 3 tablespoon currants
  • 3 green onions, diced
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon anise seed
  • himalayan rock salt + fresh pepper, to taste
  1. To make the rice: place wild rice, basmati, and water in a medium saucepan or rice cooker. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to simmer and allow to cook for 30-45 minutes, or until water is gone and rice is al dente. Remove cover, transfer to a large bowl and allow to cool for 1 hour.
  2. To make the sauce: combine soy sauce, agave/honey, oil, ginger, and arrowroot in a small bowl. Stir to combine and set aside.
  3. Bringing it all together: place remaining veggies, nuts, and spices in a large bowl. Add rice and sauce to the mix and stir to coat.
Arrowroot powder can be substituted with 1 teaspoon of potato starch or corn starch


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This salad has been a great addition to my lunch kit this week. The weather has been nice enough this week that I’ve been able to eat outside everyday.

Unfortunately the rest of the week doesn’t look so great. It was good while it lasted!

To all the moms out there: do you take your kids to McDonalds?

What types of ‘rules’  [if any] do you have around the food that’s in your house?

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  1. Wow.. that is terrible. I don’t understand how people do not like veges. As a kid, my afternoon snack was pickles, sauerkraut, olives and other pickled veges. I am glad I happen to like veges/fruit because if i didn’t.. being vegan would be very hard. I guess it depends where and how you grow up…

  2. This looks so tasty! It’s a perfect summer dish and especially good to save for leftovers!

  3. yum that looks so good! im not a mom yet so i guess i can’t really speak…but i remember going to mcdonald’s when i was younger and never became a problem (weight wise). i think thats bc my mom would put her foot down when we would beg her for bad food. i kinda think thats the issue for some people, they need to say ‘no we’re not going to mcdonald’s’ and thats that. bc obviously kids want a cheeseburger and fries over vegetables…they’re kids!

  4. confession: i haven’t given wild rice near enough of a chance as i should have by now. i’m not a huge fan of brown rice but it’s high time i give it another chance, or at least some kind of rice :]

    what a bizarre (and sad) convo! my boss’s mom brings his son to mcd’s all the time it seems. it sort of breaks my heart. i mean, i’m not saying he should never be allowed mcd’s, but sometimes it seems like they go every other day! buuuut, not my place to say anything or even think anything. growing up i had mcd’s every so often but my mom was also persistant that i eat my veggies. (thanks, mom!) though i will say whining kids drive me nuts – moreso when parents give in. or maybe i’m just jealous because my mom was solid as a rock. no meant NO! haha. (again – thanks, mom!)

    p.s. i haven’t forgotten about the guest post! it’s mostly written, i’ve just gotta put in the pictures. i’ll send it to you tomorrow! sorry for being so slow.

  5. My jaw seriously dropped when I read that conversation. Wow! I think my mother would have been THRILLED if I had requested veggies when I was little.

  6. I just think it is a littlte weird that parents take their kids to mcDonalds when they want to treat them. McD food IS crap, and learning the kids that that is was is good just makes the kids want it more! At least thats what I think :) They should take them out a nice restaurant or health food fast
    food place instead:)
    Your salad looks great, wild rice is soo good!

  7. That is seriously wrong. I see so many mums driving through maccas (as we call it here in Australia) after they’ve picked up their kids from school. Just sad.

    This salad sounds like something I would definitely enjoy. I have a packet of black rice I could use, I think that could go really well too. :-)

  8. I’m not a mom, but when I was little mcdonalds was a treat and just that. Birthday parties, baseball parties, etc. It wasn’t a regular night meal ever.

  9. Dude. That is ridiculous. I understand that in extreme time crunches, moms often resort to going to McD’s, but if and when I become a mom, I dont think I will ever take my kids there. They will definitely be allowed to have occasional junk food, but I dont think the extra chemicals and processing that goes into fast food is necessary for something to qualify as a ‘treat.’