Wild rice isn't rice? No, it's an aquatic grass native to North America. The chewy texture of wild rice makes it a perfect meat substitute, but cooked white or brown rice can be used instead.
*To toast the almonds in the microwave, place 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil and the almonds in a 1- or 2-cup glass measuring cup. Microwave uncovered on High 2 minutes 30 seconds to 3 minutes 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, until light brown.
Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup: Add 2 cups chopped cooked chicken with the remaining ingredients in step 4.