Vegan Pumpkin Harvest Rice
Yesterday morning, I flipped on the news to catch the weather. I know I can just look it up online, but it makes me smile to “catch the weather” because it was something that seemed so grown up when I was a child. My grandma would always say things like, “Oh shoot, I was hoping to catch the weather,” or “We can leave as soon as I catch the weather.” Anyway, there was a segment about the health benefits of pumpkin and I had to giggle and think to myself how I must be the healthiest person alive around this time of year, because I have nothing but pumpkin on the brain!
The recipe I’m sharing with you this evening is absolutely one of my new favorite vegan rice recipes. I used an organic harvest rice medley from SunWest, a combination of CalMati brown rice, wild rice, sweet brown rice, and heirloom red rice. It’s described as “a gourmet blend of four uniquely aromatic California rices, and boy is it ever aromatic. My house has never smelled so lovely as while this rice was cooking. If you come across this delicious blend, I highly recommend it!
Pumpkin Harvest Rice
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups SunWest Harvest Medley Rice or other sweet rice medley
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 2 cups pumpkin, cooked or canned
- 2 small apples, chopped into 1/2 inch chunks
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
In a medium pot, combine vegetable broth, rice, and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat, cover tightly and simmer for 30 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and allow rice to rest for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork. In a large pan or skillet, heat remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Add onions, apples, pumpkin pie spice, and sea salt, sautéing until apples are just tender. Fold in pumpkin, distributing evenly, and heat until warm. Serve pumpkin mixture over a bed of the rice. Enjoy!
On an average night, do you prefer simple, quick dishes like this one or more challenging and time-consuming gourmet meals?