PUMPKIN FIESTA RICE Family Favorite Dish

Here is a very tasty recipe which makes for a yummy fall side dish. This would also be great for Thanksgiving dinner. I love the beauty of this dish because the food is cooked in the pumpkin. Do you have a family favorite recipe that you serve ever year for Thanksgiving? I'd love to know.


1 Package of Nueva Cocina® Mexican Rice Mix
4 small pumpkins (3 for serving purposes and 1 for recipe ingredient)
1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
Optional: 2 to 3 small pumpkins, depending on serving size, for baking or steaming


1-Cut pumpkins in half, leaving the rind on.  

2-Remove seeds and strings.  Rub pumpkins with olive oil and some salt. 

3-Place halves on baking sheets with rind side up. Place a small amount of water in the pan. 

4-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.

5-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.  

6-When done, serve the rice in half of a small pumpkin for an excellent presentation and great added texture and flavor.

Nueva Cocina has an assortment of 17 plus different products featuring authentic recipes from Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain, among other Hispanic countries. The brand is 100% natural, free of MSG and other colorants, and is lower in sodium than most other brands. Nueva Cocina offers fourteen vegetarian and fifteen gluten-free options, and the brand’s Latin Lentil Soup and White Bean Soup were recently named 2011 sofi™ Awards Silver Finalists by the National Association for Specialty Food.Here is a creative and healthy Living La Vida DeliciosaTM Latin recipe solution that is as easy to make as it is delicious using one of Nueva Cocina’s delectable Latin rice mixes.  

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