Perfectly Stuffed Mini Pumpkins - Vegan Recipe

on Monday, 06 November 2017. Posted in Recipes

Perfectly Stuffed Mini Pumpkins - Vegan Recipe

As October fades from our rearview mirror and we coast into November (i.e., the more 'official' start for holiday planning for some) we're excited to share with you a fun, visually scrumptious fall/winter recipe. Brought to you by the ever creative Dianne's Vegan Kitchen food blog, this pumpkin-based creation is great for holiday parties, meetups, potlucks, family get-togethers, and everything in between. Serve hot and enjoy!

1/2 cup black rice
1 cup water
8-10 mini pumpkins
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil, divided
1 tsp. sea salt, divided
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 medium-sized onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
6-8 crimini mushrooms, coarsely chopped
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
2 cups baby spinach or kale
2 scallions, sliced
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp. roasted pumpkin seeds
Fresh parsley for serving, optional

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly oil a baking pan.
3. Add the rice and water to a medium-sized pot. Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 40 minutes, or until the rice has absorbed all of the water.
4. While rice is cooking slice the tops off the pumpkins; hollow out the insides (save the seeds for roasting). If they're too tough to cut, bake for a few minutes to soften.
5. Rub insides of pumpkins with 1 Tbsp. of oil and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. of salt and pepper. 
6. Place pumpkins on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until slightly tender.
7. Add rest of oil to a large pan over medium-high heat along with the onion, and cook until onion turns translucent (about 5 minutes). Add garlic, mushrooms, thyme, and the remaining salt. Cook for 5-10 minutes until mushrooms have browned. Add scallions and spinach (or kale)  and cook until greens have wilted.
8. In a large bowl mix together cooked rice, veggie mix, and balsamic vinegar.
9. Stuff pumpkins with rice mixture; bake for another 15-20 minutes, until heated through.
10. Serve hot, garnished with pumpkin seeds and parsley.



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