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Jeweled Rice with Cranberries and Almond is the perfect holiday side dish. Packed with crunchy nuts, tart cranberries and a hint of orange, this jeweled rice has all the flavors of the holiday wrapped up in one bite.

Happy November, it’s officially Thanksgiving season and it’s time to start planning your holiday menu.  It’s not too early to start because when trying new recipes it’s best to test them out before the big day.  Do you find yourself making the same dishes year after year?  All month long I will be sharing a ton of holiday recipes that will help you conquer thanksgiving this year.  I will show you classic dishes with a twist like Chipotle Whipped Sweet Potatoes, Collard Greens with Coconut Milk and Orange Herb Dry Brine that perfect for turkey or chicken.

Side dishes can be a bit challenging but my Jeweled Rice with Cranberry and Almonds is the perfect side dish.  I’ve been making this rice for years and it’s still a favorite of mine and I’ve shared it before on the blog but decided to update it a bit.  Packed with crunchy nuts, tart cranberries and a hint of orange, this jeweled rice has all the flavors of the holiday wrapped up in one bite. 

When deciding what thanksgiving sides to serve, start by thinking about how easy the dish is to make.  You don’t want any dishes that are too complicated because most likely you will be preparing multiple dishes at one.  The turkey is the star of the table and usually requires a little more attention, so be sure to pick dishes that are easy and try to add some that can be made ahead.  Rice dishes are always great because they can be made a day in advance.   This rice can be made a day ahead; simply add the cranberry, slivered almond and garnish when ready to serve!   Your guests will love this jeweled rice and the best part is, you didn’t have to break a sweat to make it.  I will be adding new all the way through thanksgiving so be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest to keep up.



  1. Alicia
    December 6, 2010 / 3:49 pm

    That story is awesome!!!!’ Had me laughing & thinking of my lovely mom who is never afraid to take piece of a plant that she likes! Very funny! And that dinner looks deeeelish!

  2. December 6, 2010 / 5:08 pm

    I loved that branch.

  3. December 6, 2010 / 5:15 pm

    Nice! I love that snow…so jealous. And love this rice!

  4. December 6, 2010 / 6:58 pm

    Pretty, and so festive! It is a wonderful time of year~

  5. Terri
    December 7, 2010 / 8:34 am

    You are too funny!!! 🙂 I love to read your stories.

  6. December 8, 2010 / 5:17 pm

    The holidays never fail to sneak up. Always, always, always. It’s not their fault. The rest of us just wait until the last minute. It’s much more fun to make a great dinner anyways. 🙂

  7. December 10, 2010 / 12:52 pm

    That photo of the snow covered tree is beautiful, as is the photo of the delicious sounding rice!

  8. December 12, 2010 / 3:25 pm

    If you think you’re sneaky, I once sent the kids out in the dark to trim the pyracantha bushes by the road for Thanksgiving decorations. I figured they wouldn’t arrest 10 years olds for trimming shrubs on public property!

  9. JehanP
    December 13, 2010 / 7:44 am

    Judy, thank you for the laugh. That reminds me of when I was a child and my sister would send me to break off pieces of plants from our neighbors yards so that she can add them to her garden.

  10. Nerry
    January 27, 2012 / 6:02 pm

    You had me laughing so hard. That was something that I would do in a heart beat. I will try the rice recipe. It looks great. Thanks so much. You know, back in Guyana when I was a child, most people shared a “piece” of their plants with you- and that’s how most people got their flower gardens.

  11. Beverly
    November 15, 2018 / 6:39 pm

    Can this be done with regular long grain rice, like Uncle Ben’s rice

  12. JehanP
    November 17, 2018 / 8:53 am

    Hi Beverly, this was made with long grained rice. You can make it with any rice you like but you may have to adjust the quantity of the liquid and cooking time.