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Healthy Rice Recipes

Ways to Add Wild Rice to Your Cholesterol-Lowering Diet


Updated July 02, 2011

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Wondering about rice and cholesterol? Although all forms of rice are naturally fat and cholesterol-free, certain varieties are more nutritious than others. Brown rice and wild rice are your best options for a cholesterol-friendly diet. If you are becoming bored with using brown rice, try wild rice to make things more interesting! It's also an excellent source of fiber and niacin (vitamin B-3).


Popped Wild Rice is a fun alternative to popcorn when you are looking to try something new.

Starters and Sides

Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf is a vegetarian dish that's quick and easy to prepare.

Try this Barley, Wild Rice and Cranberry Pilaf as a side dish.

Wild Rice with Cranberries and Apples is a delicious combination of tart and savory flavors, and works well for winter holiday meals.


Spring Asparagus and Wild Rice is a low-calorie meal packed full of vegetables, and can be used as either a side or an entrée.

Black Bean Wild Rice is a healthier take on traditional rice and beans.

Bottom Line:

Wild rice is a healthy addition to your cholesterol-lowering plan. It works best with vegetables and in pilaf dishes.

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