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At Lundberg Family Farms, we believe in the people-bonding power of food to gather families around tables, start conversations, sweeten celebrations, and connect generations. Like any family, we have our traditions, including recipes that have been passed down and perfected from one generation to the next. 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 re 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're 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 microwavable rice options, which are perfectly prepped, warming up tender, fragrant, and ready in minutes! Making risotto? Our boxed risotto mixes cook in 20 minutes and come 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!
For a taste of the holidays wherever you travel, try our Apple Pie Rice Cake Minis! They’re made with organic brown rice and tumbled in the sweet spice of apples and cinnamon, with notes of yummy butter and maple sugar. Plus, they’re packed with whole grains to hold you (and your family!) over until the holiday meal. Isn’t that sweet?
Sides & Entrees
Our favorite holiday dish? There’s only one answer when this recipe’s on the table: Pass the stuffing! This irresistibly delicious dish is bursting with bright fall flavors thanks to in-season squash, crisp Granny Smith apples, spicy chorizo sausage, and the whole grain goodness of Organic Long Grain Brown Rice.
Red-y for rice pilaf? This recipe is packed with color and flavor thanks to our Organic California Red Jasmine Rice, roasted red bell pepper puree, and a hint of gingery heat. Accented by green onions and peas, it’s practically color coordinated for Christmas. Plus, it’s full of whole grains!
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 garnish as desired! 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!
Our 20-minute risottos are quick, easy, and endlessly customizable—whether you’re a seasoned chef or still finding your feet in the kitchen! Hungry for some inspiration? Grab a box of our Organic Porcini Mushroom Risotto. Follow the instructions on the box, swapping water for beet juice and vegetable stock to turn the risotto ruby red. Stir in some sautéed garlic and shallots. Then top with goat cheese, crème fraiche, and dill. Dill-lightful!
For another festive spin on our Organic Porcini Mushroom Risotto, try serving it in baked acorn squash with a drizzle of brown butter and stout sauce on top. This recipe is “stuffed” with seasonal flavors. Literally. It’s a showstopping meal that tastes as good as it looks!
Acorn squash also pairs perfectly with our Organic Tri-Color Blend Quinoa, and this recipe is #SquashGoals. While the squash roasts, sauté the 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!
The rich color and full-bodied savory flavor of our Wild Blend Rice—an organic wild rice medley with organic black rice, long grain brown rice, sweet brown rice, and red rice—pair perfectly with sweet butternut squash, crisp Granny Smith apples, crunchy walnuts, and fresh herbs! Simply combine the cooked rice, baked squash, and sausage sautéed with onion and garlic. Fold in the apples and herbs, top with walnuts, bake, and broil. Wildly simple, wildly delicious!
If all else fails...
We know how busy the holidays can be! Sometimes you’d rather spend time on the couch than in the kitchen. But that doesn’t mean you want to compromise on quality or flavor. Well, we’ve got you covered with microwave rice that's ready in 90 seconds. For a holiday time hack, try using our Organic Short Grain Brown Bowl or our Organic Long Grain Brown Rice Bowl. Once cooked, add the rice to a large bowl with poultry seasoning, minced garlic, caramelized onion, a drizzle of olive oil, and freshly chopped parsley for a quick and easy holiday side. Don’t worry, your secret’s safe with us...
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.
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.
Gone apple picking? Enjoy the fruits of your harvest with sugar, spice, and organic brown rice for a whole grain, gluten-free twist on traditional apple pie! The trick to this recipe? Cooking Organic Short Grain Brown Rice in apple juice. While it simmers, throw some sliced apples, butter, and dark brown sugar into a saucepan and cook until softened. Pour everything into a bowl with lemon juice, brown rice syrup, and vanilla; sprinkle with a sweet, crumbly topping; and bake for 30 minutes, or until brown and bubbly!
LEVEL UP YOUR LEFTOVERS
Our Wild Blend Rice is right at home on your holiday table—or under your holiday leftovers! We recommend making a big batch to serve in our recipes for Fall Wild Blend Salad and Wild Blend with Apples & Butternut Squash. But make sure you save some to top with leftover turkey and cranberry sauce! Pressed for time? Swap Wild Blend for our Heat & Eat Organic Countrywild Rice Bowl. This microwavable rice can be ready in 90 seconds! Doesn’t that taste good?