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Thanksgiving: Healthy Vegan Recipes Using Golden Berries

I received some recipes from Kopali Organics about their goldenberries. I have never heard of goldberries but of course being the curious type especially regarding food I found that it is a fruit loaded with vitamins A, C and B and contains unusually high levels of pectin and phosphorous. The goldenberry grows in the tropics. You can find goldenberries and Whole Foods.

Wild Rice Stuffing
2 quarts vegetable stock
3 cups wild rice, rinsed
Pinch sea salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 large shallots, chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound white mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon soy sauce or wheat-free tamari
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 cup Kopali Golden Berries
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/3 cup chopped fresh sage
1. Bring the stock to a boil. Add the rice and salt to the stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 35-45 minutes, or until the water is absorbed. Remove from heat.
2.  Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan, add the shallots and garlic and cook for about 10 minutes, or until golden.   Add the mushrooms and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms release their juices.
3. Add the soy or tamari, thyme, and pepper. Continue to cook until the liquid evaporates. Transfer to a bowl with the rice. Add the golden berries, parsley and sage and toss to combine. Taste and adjust the seasonings, adding more pepper, if necessary.
Kopali Organics Goldenberry Vegan Thanksgiving Stuffing:

5 cups whole grain bread, toasted & crumbled
4-1.8 oz packages Kopali Organics SUPERGOOD SUPERFOOD organic dried Goldenberries
2 tbsp olive or vegetable oil
1 onion, diced
2 bunches of scallions, minced
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley and/or sage (to taste)
1-1/2 cups celery, diced
1 cup apple juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup vegetable broth
1 cup peeled, diced, cored apple
1 cup mushrooms, chopped
1 stick vegan margarine
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
salt & pepper to taste (approx 1 tsp/ea)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a skillet, sautee the onion, scallions, celery, mushrooms, and vegan margarine.  When browned, add the apple, parsley/sage, and salt/pepper.  In a mixing bowl, combine the contents of the skillet with all remaining ingredients, stirring well.

Bake for approx 25 minutes, stirring once, until crust is browned but still moist.  Serves 6-8.  Enjoy!

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