Carrot Rice Jack O’Lanterns

Rice is cooked bright orange in carrot juice and shaped with your hands to form mini pumpkin lookalikes. In this creative snack, kalamata olives are cut into triangles for the eyes and mouths, while green bell pepper pieces are used as stems.

This recipe comes to us from Donna of Apron Strings.

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Serves 4

  • 1 1/2 cups medium or short grain rice
  • 2 cups carrot juice*
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 kalamata olives
  • 1/4 green bell pepper

*Although carrot juice can be found premade in stores, if time and equipment allows, we suggest making your own.

Place the rice, carrot juice, water and salt in a large pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and cook for about 15 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and all the liquid has been absorbed. Let the rice cool to room temperature.

Lightly sprinkle your hands with water to prevent the rice from sticking. Roll the orange rice into golf ball sized spheres with your hands.

Cut the kalamata olives into small triangles and curved lines and the bell pepper into small rectangles. Place eyes and mouths on the rice jack o’lanterns using the olive pieces. Place a stem atop each rice jack o’lantern using the bell pepper and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information

Carrot Rice Jack O’Lanterns

Servings per Recipe: 4

Amount per Serving

Calories:  315.7

Calories from Fat:  8

Total Fat:  .9g

Saturated Fat:  .2g

Cholesterol:  0mg

Sodium:  351.8mg

Carbohydrates:  69.5g

Dietary Fiber:  2.2g

Protein:  6g

Sugars:  4.7g

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