Vegan Pumpkin Harvest Rice

October 1, 2010 by Keri

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!

Vegan Rice Recipes

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!

Vegan Rice Recipes

Vegan Rice Recipes

On an average night, do you prefer simple, quick dishes like this one or more challenging and time-consuming gourmet meals?

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  1. Stefanie says:

    Yum! I like complex meals most nights but sometimes I need an easy meal for a break. The past week has been spent in the kitchen and now I am tired of cooking. I’m with you on the pumpkin addiction around this time of year. 🙂

    • Keri says:

      I’m the same way except with meals. Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking, but it I made a time-consuming lunch, I don’t always feel like spending a long time in the kitchen making dinner also.

  2. Um, I am never interested in a time-consuming recipe! LOL (you’ve seen my recipes!) But especially during the week, I need to re-heat or make something simple. After a long day of work I simply want to sit down and eat! My cooking on the weekend is time-consuming but that’s because I’m making several dishes to last through the week. And hardly gourmet 😉

  3. I am usually good for quick and easy meals after a long day at work but when i can find time for a good complex meal, i go for it! Especially with my favorite fall ingredients, pumpkin. After work, being in the kitchen is surprisingly relaxing. I work in a kitchen all day but its a sandwich shop. No real cooking there. Just cleaning and sandwich making. So coming home to cook some real and wholesome food kind of unwinds my day 🙂

    • Keri says:

      I think cooking is a great way to unwind also! As long as there aren’t a million other things going on at the same time, that is! 🙂

  4. Michal says:

    MMM yummy! That pumpkin rice looks great 🙂 Whenever I pay a visit to your blog I am always in love with the recipes that I find!

  5. Amanda says:

    Keri this meal looks PERFECT for the finally fall weather we’ve got going on around here! While I’ve got all sorts of pumpkin on my mind come fall – I’ve always stuck to baking, your dinner is so outside the box I love it.

    • Keri says:

      I’ve been LOVING this weather too! Fall is my absolute favorite season; I just can’t get enough! And thank you! 🙂 PS Pumpkin baking is an absolute must also, of course. Oh, and that pumpkin ice cream I posted a couple of weeks ago!

  6. stampylisa says:

    this looks scrumptious!! thanks for sharing. I’m stopping for veggie broth and looking for that rice blend on my way home today!!

  7. Julie Bates says:

    Yes, that Org Harvest Medley rice blend is awesome!! I get it from Costco, or you can also order it online from Awesome pumpkin recipe – can’t wait to try it! I love those Fall flavors…