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

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Pairing Twin Cities Outings with Recipes at Home

Pumpkin-Rice-with-Fruit-1024x680[1]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.

Pumpkin Rice (courtesy Alice Seuffert, Dining With Alice)


  • 3 cups rice of choice
  • 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 salted & roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup yellow raisins
  • 1 cup dried currants
  • 1 cup dried cherries


If you own a rice cooker, combine rice, chicken broth and water. Once cooked, add the sesame oil, pumpkin pie spice, parsley, thyme, pumpkin seeds, yellow raisins, currants and cherries. If you don’t have a rice cooker, cook the rice as you normally would, then add ingredients. Makes 10 cups.

The Great Give Back Challenge

I love Gianna’s 7 Ways To Give Back as a Family 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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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.


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