Pumpkin Apple Harvest Rice

This Pumpkin Apple Walnut Harvest Rice is a warm and cozy bowl brimming with fall flavors. Sweet tart honeycrisp apples, soothing spices like cinnamon, chewy sweet raisins, zesty onion, nutty rustic walnuts, golden fall pumpkin and a drizzle of sticky sweet maple syrup. Add some warmed chickpeas for a well-rounded healthy meal. This easy recipe is your ticket to an autumn harvest meal!..

Crisp fall apples add a sweet tart crunch to this warm pumpkin rice..

Make it a meal - add chickpeas..

First my Harvest Rice recipe.

Pumpkin Apple Walnut Harvest Rice
vegan, makes 6 cups

1 3/4 cups cooked brown rice
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 small honeycrisp apple, diced
1 small sweet onion, chopped
1 Tbsp parsley flakes
2 tbsp organic raisins (golden or purple)
1/2 cup walnuts, unsalted
1-3 Tbsp maple syrup (depending on how sweet you want it)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp fine pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt (to taste)
optional: 1 cup warmed chickpeas over top

To Make:

1. Prepare brown rice - set aside in large mixing bowl.
2. In a small bowl, combine the pumpkin, maple syrup, cider vinegar, spices. Warm in microwave. Mix well. Add this mixture to the warm brown rice. Fold until well distributed.
3. Prep your apples and onions by dicing.
4. Fold into the rice mixture: raisins, apples, onions, walnuts, olive oil, parsley flakes and salt to taste. Top with optional warmed chickpeas.

Serve warm or keep in warm oven until ready to serve. But do not over-heat. You want the apples and onions to still have a crispness to them when you serve.

Other optional add-in's: nutritional yeast, truffle oil, cayenne, cubes of butternut squash or sweet potato..

Post recipe discussion..

Bob's Red Mill. Their products rock my world. Many of them are sitting in my kitchen right now. And I frequently suggest them to my readers. But I am feeling a bit uninspired to continue to promote Bob's products on my blog ever since the controversy regarding a $25 million dollar donation to OHSU - a research institute that tests on animals in its labs.

Bob's official statement on the matter is that absolutely none of Bob's $25 million donation will go towards animal testing. Fair enough. But I don't think that statement addresses the reasons why animal lovers are upset.

Why not donate the $25 million to an organization that is by policy against animal testing. Or as ChloeJo commented on Bob's blog, fund a healthy school lunch program instead.

To Bob's defense, I will say that some of the headlines are unjust. Headlining that Bob's is "donating to fund animal testing" is a distortion of the truth.

I personally don't know where I stand. I want to know more. Maybe that's too much to ask, but then again, maybe not. I'm not so sure that Bob's could retract their gift at this point, but couldn't they at least give a reason for funding this specific organization? Are they the best at what they do? Are they doing research that is unique and trailblazing? Maybe it's none of my business, but as a passionate animal lover, it does unsettle me to promote Bob's products on my blog. What do you guys think??

note: updated - Bob's said no comments were deleted, lapse in approval time - I apologize for that errored claim on my part this AM!

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