The candy is all gone and the excuse to dress up is over, but you don’t have to wait until next year to be inspired by the season.
I received a fun tip from Nueva Cocina on what to do with those pumpkins that you didn’t get around to carving. It’s creative and healthy, so I’d thought I’d pass it along!
Tip: Don’t toss those pumpkins, use ‘em to make something yummy!
Here’s their recipe:
PUMPKIN FIESTA RICE
What you’ll need:
- 1 Package of Nueva Cocina® Mexican Rice Mix (of course you can use the rice mix of your choice)
- 4 small pumpkins (3 for serving purposes and 1 for recipe ingredient)
- 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
- 2 to 3 small pumpkins, depending on serving size, for baking or steaming
Cut pumpkins in half, leaving the rind on. Remove seeds and strings. Rub pumpkins with olive oil and some salt. Place halves on baking sheets with rind side up. Place a small amount of water in the pan. Bake for 45 minutes in a 350-degree oven. If you prefer to steam the pumpkins, place halves in steamer with rind side up. Steam until meat and rind are soft.
Combine 1 Cup of pumpkin meat, peeled and cubed with all the ingredients in a package of the Nueva Cocina® Mexican Rice Mix and follow the cooking directions on the box. When done, serve the rice in half of a small pumpkin for an excellent presentation and great added texture and flavor.
Note: I haven’t tried this recipe. In fact, I’ve yet to try any of Nueva Cocina’s products before now, but I like the sound of them – they are 100% natural – which means only premium ingredients with nothing artificial added and no preservatives. Plus, I dig Latin flavors. I’m expecting some review samples and will report back soon!