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At Lundberg Family Farms, we believe there’s more to food than nourishment. Food has the power to connect us with people, places, and moments in time—even when we’re apart. This year, while many of us may not be able to gather with loved ones, we can still bring family traditions to the table.
Like any family, the Lundbergs have their own traditions, including recipes that have been passed down and perfected over generations. So in the spirit of the season—of giving and gourmet eating—we’re sharing some of our family’s favorite recipes, plus some tips and tricks to make your holidays delicious!
Holiday Rice Hacks
Enlist a Holiday Helper
The secret ingredient in any holiday dish? Family. Whether you are cooking generations-old recipes or creating something new, we suggest you enlist a “sous-chef” to make memories as delicious as your meals.
‘Tis the Season for Seasonal Ingredients
To make your holiday rice feel extra festive, try using fall ingredients. We recommend hearty herbs like sage and rosemary. And, of course, you can’t go wrong with pumpkin or butternut squash!
Pumpkin Spice Rice (Really)
Wondering how to cook brown rice with a holiday twist? Well, pumpkin spice blends are everywhere this time of year, and they are not just for lattes. Two teaspoons of pumpkin spice blend (plus a little olive oil) will add fall flavor and gourmet flair to Organic Short Grain Brown Rice!
Short on Time?
Swap organic brown rice for organic white rice, which cooks in about half the time. Or use our ready to heat options, which are perfectly prepped, warming up tender, fragrant, and ready in minutes! Making risotto? Our boxed risotto mixes are ready in 20 minutes and available in a variety of flavors so you can mix and match with whatever you’re serving!
Craving a full menu of holiday flavors from starters to leftovers? Let’s get cooking!
Starters & Snacks
This gouda cheese dip is easy to make and hard to resist—almost too gouda to be true! Just toss everything but the beer into a food processor and pulse until well mixed. Then slowly add the beer until the mixture is a smooth purée. Transfer to a bowl and chill (or bake for 15-20 minutes) and serve with our Santa Fe Barbecue Lundberg Rice Chips!
Need a seasonal snack to hold you (and your family!) over until the holiday meal, or an unexpected addition to your charcuterie board? Apple Pie Rice Cake Minis are tumbled in the sweet spice of apples and cinnamon with notes of yummy butter and maple sugar. Also available in savory White Cheddar—another family favorite—Rice Cake Minis are made with organic rice and 100% whole grains and carefully crafted to be thin, lightly crunchy, and full of flavor.
p.s. For an extra helping of inspiration, skip the gourmet granola and crumble Apple Pie Rice Cake Minis atop your favorite overnight oats or rice porridge recipe!
SIDES & ENTREES
Acorn squash also pairs perfectly with our Organic Tri-Color Quinoa Blend, and this recipe is #SquashGoals. While the squash roasts, sauté quinoa with garlic, onion, and savory herbs. Then simmer with dried cranberries and vegetable stock. Once the squash is tender and golden, fill it with the fragrant quinoa mixture and garnish with toasted almonds and parsley. Delicious!
Fried sage and toasted pecans or pumpkin seeds make festive toppings for pumpkin risotto made from our creamy Arborio Rice, or risotto rice. Once cooked, simply stir in some pumpkin purée, and serve with your desired garnishes! Need a shortcut to delicious? Try the same toppings with our Butternut Squash Risotto, which is table-ready in 20 minutes. Just sauté, stir, simmer, serve, and soak up the compliments!
The rich color and full-bodied savory flavor of our Organic Wild Blend Rice—an organic wild rice medley with organic black rice, long grain brown rice, sweet brown rice, and red rice—pairs perfectly with crisp apples and sweet butternut squash! Simply sauté the apples and squash with onion and thyme. Then stir in some broth, combine with Wild Blend, sprinkle with walnuts, and bake for 20-25 minutes—until the squash is tender and your kitchen smells delicious!
Our family is sweet on this recipe for Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding! Unlike most rice puddings, it calls for Organic Short Grain Brown Rice, which is one of the few varieties we grew when CEO Grant Lundberg was a kid. During the holiday season, Grant’s mom would bake a little charm inside the rice pudding, and whoever found it hidden in their dish would win a prize! But the rice pudding itself—sprinkled with cardamom and served with whipped cream—was prize enough.
Sugar, spice, and whole-grain brown rice! This recipe for Rice Apple Crisp is the perfect way to enjoy the fruits of your apple picking adventures. Just combine Organic Short Grain Brown Rice with apples, lemon juice, and Organic Sweet Dreams Brown Rice Syrup. Then sprinkle with a sweet, crumbly topping and bake for 30 minutes!
Pumpkin may be the star of the season, but pecan always has a place at our table—especially when it comes with dark chocolate! Our secret ingredient? Lundberg Brown Rice Syrup! What is brown rice syrup, you ask? It’s an unexpectedly delicious solution if you’re searching for an organic, low-fructose sweetener. Simply bring it to a boil over a low heat with unsweetened cocoa, egg yolks, brown sugar, butter, and cream. Then add vanilla and pour over pecans arranged in your favorite pie crust.