Thanksgiving Pumpkin Rice + 7 Ways to Give Back as a Family

Sick of pumpkins yet? Ready to move on? Or perhaps you’ve stockpiled a stash of seeds from all those jack-o-lanterns you carved last week and are wondering what to do with them. Well, Dining With Alice has a great idea for you. Her pumpkin rice recipe could make a great alternative to Thanksgiving stuffing, or it could work well as a tasty fall side dish.

Plus, after the recipe, since we’ve already got you in a giving thanks mood, we present 7 Ways to Give Back as a Family, part of FFTC’s We Can Give Back Month.

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Rice

Pumpkin Rice

This recipe is courtesy Alice Seuffert, Dining With Alice.
Prep Time 10 mins
Rice Cooker 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10 cups
Calories 466 kcal


  • Rice Cooker


  • 3 cups Rice Use your favorite kind (note cook time may vary)
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 4 cups Water
  • 3 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/2 cup Italian Parsley chopped
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Thyme
  • 1 cup Pumpkin Seeds salted & roasted
  • 1 cup Yellow Raisins
  • 1 cup Dried Currants
  • 1 cup Dried Cherries


  • If you own a rice cooker, combine rice, chicken broth and water. If you don't have a rice cooker, cook the rice as you normally would.
  • Once cooked, add the sesame oil, pumpkin pie spice, parsley, thyme, pumpkin seeds, yellow raisins, currants and cherries. 
Keyword pumpkin

7 Ways to Give Back as a Family

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Rice + 7 Ways to Give Back as a Family

I love Gianna’s National Family Volunteer Day post because it can be difficult to figure out how to introduce and participate in volunteering when you’re factoring in small children. Here are her 7 highlights to give you some inspiration, then follow the link for the details!

  • Learn about a different culture (learn the stories of our neighbors & community members)
  • Give (food shelves, shelters, Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, neighbors in crisis)
  • Foster (Animal Humane Society)
  • Serve (bring a meal to a busy family, pick up trash in the neighborhood)
  • Pray
  • Care (slow down and help teach kids to think of others’ needs, show empathy)
  • Buy responsibly (try locally & ethically)

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