Whole Foods Lifestyle - Dinner in a PUMPKIN! I LOVE THIS IDEA!




Thighs Be Gone
10-10-2009, 02:34 PM
I am a total FALL LOVER HERE!

I just found a recipe today and it sounds soooo good and SOOOO precious.

Basically, you wash a pumpkin and cut off the top. Scoop out the innards. Load it with cabbage, tomato sauce, rice and ground turkey or beef. Season it and bake it (with the pumpkin lid on) for 2-3 hours.

Anyone else try this before? It looks super yum and just so neat. Calorie count (with ground beef) is 364. I will use seasoned turkey.


LookingForMeAgain
10-10-2009, 02:38 PM
Cute just like stuffed peppers but only in a pumpkin!
I may try this since my DH loves stuffed peppers and also loves fall and pumpkins.

Thighs Be Gone
10-10-2009, 03:01 PM
Yes, exactly. The recipe has pretty good reviews. It actually called for green beans too but I am not using them. I don't think they fit.

Some people used the pumpkin seeds too so there is no waste.


rockinrobin
10-10-2009, 03:05 PM
Sounds interesting. Would have to be a small-ish pumpkin though.

I too love the fall. And boy oh boy do I love onslaught of the winter squashes. I've yet to try pumpkin. Hmmm.....

WildThings
10-10-2009, 09:52 PM
I bet this would be great with other winter squashes too. I bought a ton today because they were such a great price. I think I will be eating butternut squash soup until February.

ennay
10-13-2009, 06:53 PM
Yes

some other varieties - apples, sausage cheese and herbs
or dessert - apples, walnuts, raisins, brown sugar and cinnamon.

It can be done with little pumpkins to make individual dishes or bigger pumpkins to make a family dish.

ennay
10-13-2009, 06:53 PM
Sounds interesting. Would have to be a small-ish pumpkin though.

I too love the fall. And boy oh boy do I love onslaught of the winter squashes. I've yet to try pumpkin. Hmmm.....

If you are going to try pumpkin, look for a sugar sweet, sugar pie or some sort of heirloom variety. The stuff they sell for jackolanterns isnt very good.

rockinrobin
10-13-2009, 07:29 PM
Ennay, I use acorn squash and stuff it EXACTLY like you say - raisins, walnuts, apples, brown sugar, cinnamon. We LOVE it here. LOVE it.

Thanks for the info on the pumpkin. Dopey & totally ignorant me was definitely thinking of those big Halloween-ish ones.

Wolf Goddess
10-14-2009, 03:36 PM
If you are going to try pumpkin, look for a sugar sweet, sugar pie or some sort of heirloom variety. The stuff they sell for jackolanterns isnt very good.

Sometimes stores have them labeled simply as "pie pumpkins" too.

Thighs Be Gone
10-14-2009, 03:40 PM
Yes, mine was a PIE pumpkin.

Oh, I love the idea on the acorn squash. Wow, so many FUN and YUMMO ideas. MMmmm...I can hardly wait to make that.

Jane
10-15-2009, 12:33 AM
......It can be done with little pumpkins to make individual dishes ....

Wow, that would really make a statement at a fall dinner party!

ringmaster
10-15-2009, 06:25 PM
so you just cut the top off and scoop out the seeds? is it hard to get the seeds out? I found this recipe over on sparkpeople that looks easy http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=414474

FitGirlyGirl
10-25-2009, 10:01 PM
I do this. I use ground meat (what kind varies with my mood), brown rice, onions, seasonings (again a mood thing), sometimes some chopped nuts, diced apples, cranberries, extra veggies. I usually use the really small ones and give everyone their own. If you use the small ones you should cut down the baking time, I cook mine for about an hour. It is very yummy and not nearly as difficult as it may sound. They are really awesome for fall dinner parties or if you need to take something to a potluck (I use the larger ones for that). I am making them for Halloween dinner this year. It works well with shredded turkey too when it is time to find creative things to do with leftovers from Thanksgiving.

nelie
10-27-2009, 11:45 AM
Last year for Thanksgiving, I did stuffed acorn squashes. I made a quinoa/cranberry stuffing, loaded the acorn squashes and baked. So good.

When I went to the squash farm this past weekend, I didn't get any pumpkins, now I'm thinking I should've picked some up :) I got tons of other squash though and I roasted some again last night.

Primm
11-21-2009, 03:15 AM
Quick question - do you cook the rice first, or add stock or something and bake the rice with the pumpkin?

Sounds awesome, I'll definitely be giving this a go.

EveLHaelf
11-21-2009, 08:58 PM
Oh my....all those ideas sound super yummy! I'm going to have to try them all. I'm having 'spaghetti' tonight, made with spaghetti squash with chicken breast. mmmm :T

FitGirlyGirl
11-21-2009, 09:34 PM
Primm - I use precooked rice. I usually put some of the same seasonings I am using in the entire dish in the water with the rice while it cooks.

Primm
11-21-2009, 09:40 PM
Thanks. I wonder if it would work with raw rice though - would the pumpkin be waterproof enough to put stock/water + spices in there as well do you think?

May have to do some experimenting! Although I bought a rice cooker last month - best investment ever. So it's not like cooking rice is a chore anymore.

FitGirlyGirl
11-22-2009, 08:26 AM
I LOVE my rice cooker. I don't just cook rice in there either. With the pumpkin though, I think it would probably hold the liquid just fine if you wanted to try it that way. If you do try it let us know how it goes.

twobluebirds24
11-22-2009, 10:01 AM
That acorn squash idea sounds really amazing!! What recipe do you use?

healthygal
11-23-2009, 11:53 AM
I do this as well every fall with different variations on the ingredients and it's always a big hit! Most recently, I tried a version from the Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook with dry mustard, lean ground bison, green onion, and wild rice. It was delicious. I usually don't stuff with meat but had to try this one b/c it looked yummy, it was!

Sonata
11-28-2009, 03:17 PM
I used pumpkins for my annual Halloween party last year. I did something similar to the dish you named in a larger pumpkin, and I made a vanilla custard in a small pumpkin. It keeps well with American tradition. Pumpkins used to be stuffed with food all the time in colonial days.