Autumn Rice Medley Recipe

Autumn Rice Medley Recipe

Autumn Rice Medley is worth the effort. Yes, its better to cook the rice and cous cous separate but these only take minutes to get cooking. Then, once added with spices and a little chopping of fresh and dried ingredients, results in this tasty, colorful, autumn blend dish.


  • ½ cup uncooked black rice
  • ½ cup uncooked red rice
  • ½ cup pearl couscous
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 8 oz mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 Tbsp slivered almonds
  • 4 Tbsp chopped dried apricots
  • ¼ cup chopped dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp coriander
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
prepared ingredients


Place rice in a sauce pan or rice cooker with the 2 cups of Veggie broth, bring to a boil then turn to heat low to simmer until water is absorbed.  In a separate sauce pan boil ¾ cup of water and add couscous.  Simmer low for about 10 minutes or when all water is absorbed. Set aside.  In a small amount of broth or water on medium heat, sauté onions until translucent, add garlic and cook 1 minute longer.  Add pepper, broccoli, kale and mushrooms and continue cooking until tender firm.  Add spices, nuts, seeds and dried fruits and cook for another 2 -3 minutes.  When heated through, turn to low heat, add cooked couscous and cooked rice.  Mix together and then add pomegranate seeds and heat through.  Serve and enjoy.

Sulfur Dioxide Warnings

This recipe contains dried fruit which often contains sulfur dioxide, (SO2).   The USDA allows sulfur dioxide to be used on foods, such as dried fruits, to prevent browning and spoilage.  It functions as a preservative and an antioxidant which is why it upholds the fruits’ color and appearance.  

While the USDA claims that sulfur dioxide may be harmless to healthy people when used in the recommended concentrations, it can induce an asthmatic reaction in sensitive people.  If you have allergic reaction after eating dried fruit it is most likely caused by the sulfites or mold that these fruits can harbor. The FDA estimates that about 1% of the population are sensitive to them.  However, sensitivity can develop at any time in life and your chances are greater if you have asthma.  Symptoms may vary from a mild wheeze to a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction (your airway closing off) that requires immediate medical attention. 

To avoid sulfur dioxide buy organic dried fruits.  They may not look as pretty and may not have as long a shelf life but you will avoid ingesting one more preservative that is “harmless”.  Dried fruits can also be frozen to increase their shelf life.  Without having to read ingredients rule of thumb would be, if the dried fruit is brightly colored, it probably contained sulfur dioxide. 

Common Foods with Added Sulfur Dioxide

  • Dried fruit
  • Alcoholic beverages, to include beer and cider
  • Wine (contains sulfites naturally but more is often added)
  • Bottled lemon/lime juice
  • Processed meats
  • Vegetable juice
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Pickled foods
  • Soft drinks
  • Grape juice
  • Canned coconut milk
  • Condiments,
  • Dehydrated prepared potatoes
  • Breakfast sausages
  • Burger meats
  • Frozen shrimp
  • Some baked goods

It’s always wise to read the ingredients list before purchasing any eatable product. When in doubt, check it out!

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