Imagine that there is a chill in the air and that your kitchen is filled with a variety of seasonal vegetables. Imagine cooking those vegetables with Carolina® Rice, and you have a strategy in place. Consider earthy sweet potatoes, robust kale, and velvety butternut squash. Keep your harvest vegetable rice meal straightforward but flavorful for best results. #PlayWithYourFood and see what delectable concoctions you can come up with if you’re feeling daring. Let’s get cooking, so don’t forget your favorite apron!

Rice Dishes Made with Seasonal Vegetables and Their Ingredients

You may prepare excellent and flavorful harvest vegetable recipes with rice using a variety of common or uncommon ingredients. These ingredients’ richness and flavor intensity enhance your meals. Carolina® Rice looks at the key components that give these dishes their savory flavor.

Vegetables from the Harvest Season

The simplest components can be key in bringing out the best flavors in your rice in recipes cooked with seasonal vegetables. Among these basic components are:

  • Pumpkin: Make pumpkin the star of each of your weekly dinners. Pumpkin can intervene and save the day, whether it’s a sweet or savory situation! Although pumpkin is frequently associated with dessert recipes, there are a lot more uses for it. You may #playwithyourfood and be inventive this fall by using a small sugar pumpkin as the main course at your dinner table in this Brazilian Shrimp Stuffed Pumpkin
Brazilian Shrimp Stuffed Pumpkin

Where to Locate Sugar Pumpkins

The ideal pumpkin to use for cooking is a sweet pumpkin. They taste sweet and fragrant and are smooth on the inside. They come in a variety of forms and don’t all look the same. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including oblong, round, big, orange, beige, and even white.

If you plan to consume your pumpkins rather than carve them, seek for pumpkins labeled “sugar pumpkins” or “pie pumpkins” while buying them at the grocery store. Aim for sugar pumpkins that weigh between 4 and 8 pounds, depending on the kind.

How to Prepare Sugar Pumpkins

There are many different ways to prepare sugar pumpkins for cooking, such as baking, roasting, boiling, stewing, steaming, and pureeing. Even an Instant Pot can be used to prepare them. Use the opportunity to prepare some of our Pumpkin Spice Latte Rice Pudding if you intend to puree your pumpkin. You’ll fall even more in love with Autumn after eating this dessert inspired by the season.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Pudding
  • Sweet Potatoes: The humble sweet potato is a vegetable that may be transformed into delicious recipes. You might be surprised by how versatile they are, and every meal benefits from their natural sweetness as a lovely counterpoint to the savory ingredients. Though you might not often think of sweet potatoes as breakfast food, Carolina® Rice urges you to #playwithyourfood and try our Morning Power Rice Bowl. This breakfast bowl is an ideal way to start off the day and is topped with all the powerhouses like a fried egg, avocado, kale and roasted sweet potato over a base of Carolina® Parboiled Rice. Now that you’ve taken care of breakfast, a chilly fall night will call for something warm and comforting. The whole family will love this Turkey Rice and Quinoa Chili Soup.  This chili is the epitome of comfort food and is packed with sweet potato, turkey, beans, herbs, and vegetables.
Morning Rice Power Bowl
  • Kale: This leafy green vegetable gives the dish a nutritional boost and a hint of earthiness. Being able to be either crispy, mellow, silky makes kale the definition of variety. #Playwithyourfood and discover all the wonderful things it can turn into! Our Turmeric Yellow Rice with Butternut Squash and Kale is a wonderful vegetarian option that makes a hearty lunch or dinner side dish to go.
  • Broccoli: One of the quickest and easiest veggies to cook, broccoli can be steamed, crispy, crunchy or raw. #Playwithyourfood and your kiddos won’t even realize they are eating their greens! Kids love our Cheesy Broccoli Soup, the best comfort food around!  It is a tasty and filling dish that may be eaten as a side dish or as a main course. Searching for a breakfast option? Our Cheesy Broccoli and RiceTart is an ideal option for your next Sunday brunch. 

Rice Bowls with Harvest Veggies

Vegetables from your harvest can be enjoyed in new ways. Carolina® Rice features a variety of dishes to suit your tastes, including sweet and savory, vegan and gluten-free options, as well as customizable rice bowls. These harvest bowls are packed with flavor and versatility. This Baked Orange Cauliflower Rice Bowl the perfect choice for lunch or dinner. If you have Carolina® Brown Rice in your pantry then go ahead and make our Rice Power Bowl with BBQ Cauliflower. #Playwithyourfood and make this rice bowl all your own!

Special Ingredients

Why not experiment and play about with your ingredients to create an exciting new cuisine that you can serve to friends and family! Utilize a few of these choices:

Maple Syrup: This natural sweetener gives the meal a touch of sweetness to balance out its savory components.

Sriracha Sauce: This hot sauce delivers a scorching and acidic flavor for people who like a boost in the spice department.

Goat Cheese: The acidic flavor and creamy texture make a delicious contrast with the rice and vegetables.

To develop your own unique meal, try out various combinations and variants.


Vegetable Substitutions

Although the original harvest vegetable recipes with rice call for a particular vegetable, you may easily swap it out for another according to your tastes or what is in season. Think about these alternatives:

  • For a different creamy, sweet flavor, use butternut squash or pumpkin instead of sweet potatoes.
  • If you prefer milder greens, replace kale with spinach or Swiss chard.
  • For a unique flavor profile, experiment with different types of peppers, such as bell peppers or poblano peppers, instead of red pepper.
  • Enjoy other root vegetables like parsnips or turnips in place of carrots to add a different level of earthiness.

Sauce and Seasoning Alternatives

Add your own twist to the harvest vegetable recipes by exploring alternative sauces and seasonings. Here are some suggestions:

  • Substitute Sriracha sauce with chili paste or hot sauce.
  • Enhance the flavors with a drizzle of balsamic glaze or honey instead of maple syrup.
  • To infuse varied aromatic notes into your dish, experiment with different herbs and spices like thyme, rosemary, or cumin.
  • Replace mayo with Greek yogurt or sour cream for a creamy element.

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