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Quinoa Stuffed Pumpkin

10/23/2013

Quinoa stuffed pumpkin

 

Do you have family members who don’t like to have certain vegetables? Are you looking for a trick to make them eat vegetables? I would like to share my trick! It’s called a chop chop trick. My husband doesn’t like carrot, celery, mushroom, spinach, etc. I chop those vegetables into small pieces and mix with other things, then he doesn’t complain about eating his least favorite vegetables.

When I cook, he often comes to the kitchen and ask me what we are going to eat. I tell him what I’m cooking, but I don’t tell him what is inside! Shhhhhhh…. :)

Today, I cooked stuffed pumpkins with quinoa, lentils, and vegetables, then baked in the oven with cheese on the top. Enjoy!

Quinoa Stuffed Pumpkin

Things you need

  • 2 pie pumpkins
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup cooked lentils
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup corn kernels
  • 1/4 cup green peas
  • 1 TBS oil
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

 

Quinoa stuffed pumpkin

Directions

  • Cut the top of pie pumpkins and remove the seeds.
  • Bake the pumpkins at 375 F for 50 minutes (+,- 5 minutes depending on your pumpkin size).
  • While the pumpkins are baking, prepare quinoa and lentils as indicated on the box (I cooked mine with rice cooker).
  • Heat a pan over medium low heat, and add garlic and oil. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add carrots, celery, mushrooms, corn kernels, and green peas, and stir fry for 5-7 minutes over medium high heat.
  • In a bowl, mix cooked vegetable with cooked quinoa and lentils.
  • Add thyme, oregano, salt, pepper, paprika and mix well.
  • Fill the pumpkins with cooked vegetables, quinoa, and lentils mixture.
  • Place cheese on top of the stuffed pumpkins.
  • Bake the stuffed pumpkins at 350 degree for 10 minutes and broil on high for 2 minutes to melt the cheese.

 

 

Quinoa stuffed pumpkin

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