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.
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)
- Care (slow down and help teach kids to think of others’ needs, show empathy)
- Buy responsibly (try locally & ethically)