Articles tagged with: meat-free

Vegan Businessmen Collaborate on VeganSmart plant-based protein

on Thursday, 18 January 2018. Posted in Inspiration

Kareem Cook and Claude Tellis acquired Naturade (Naturade offers a full line of health products since 1926) in 2012.

Kareem and Claude meet in college and reconnected after business school. After moving to California, they were shocked at the rate of childhood obesity in the Los Angeles area and decided to help reduce that number. Thus began their journey to spread health and wellness. They decided to start a healthy vending company, then they acquired the contract for all the public schools in LA, were responsible for junk food being banned in LA schools, and are leading the state of California to banning junk foods. Still not satisfied, they wanted a larger platform to help African Americans prevent common illnesses that plague the community. Both Kareem and Claude’s families and many African Americans suffer from hypertension and diabetes, illnesses that can be prevented or managed by diet. Their passion lead them to develop a business plan to prevent illnesses like diabetes. Their plan involved the purchase of Naturade (Naturade offers a full line of health products). Once they purchased Naturade their efforts to educate the African American community about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle began in earnest. They were introduced to people who shared similar viewpoints. They paired up with Badass Vegan John Lewis to create VeganSmart, a plant-based protein powder.

You can read Kareem and Claude’s story here and Naturade here.

RECIPE: Smoky Split Pea Soup with Kale

on Monday, 08 January 2018. Posted in Recipes

We searched for a recipe that would feature ingredients high in folic acid since this is folic acid awareness week. And while we absolutely love Nava Atlas and her versatile kale saladswith the cold winter weather, this Smoky Split Pea Soup with Kale won us over. We know it will warm you, too! Protein-packed split peas join nutrition-dense carrots and kale for a decidedly delicious dish.

Ingredients:
6 cups of veggie broth
1 Tbs liquid smoke
a pinch of celery salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 cups of yellow split peas, rinsed and drained
1 large Yukon gold potato, diced
3 carrots diced
2 big handfuls of kale, the tough stems removed and chopped into bite-size pieces
1/2 tsp fresh chopped thyme
black pepper to taste

Instructions:
1. Add broth, celery salt, liquid smoke, split peas, garlic powder, potato and carrot to large soup pan and let boil for ten minutes.
2. Bring down to simmer, add thyme and cook for another  30 mins and give it a good stir to help split peas break up and go all nice and mushy.
3. Add kale, stir through and cover pan. 4. Cook for another 5 minutes, taste for seasoning and add pepper.
4. Serve with toasty garlic bread.

Try this and other great recipes from invegetableswetrust.com.

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New Campaign: Animal Rescue Groups to Go Vegan

on Thursday, 04 January 2018. Posted in Inspiration

New Campaign: Animal Rescue Groups to Go Vegan

Animal welfare organization Brother Wolf Animal Rescue (BWAR) noticed an increase in rescue work relative to floods, fires, and natural disasters. When they reached out to scientists and experts to determine the cause of this global shift, they discovered that the meat, dairy, and egg industries were driving climate change and causing a mass species extinction of epic proportions.

BWAR Executive Director Paul Magee Berry explains“Learning that, as of this year, we’ve already lost up to 70% of the world’s wildlife population since 1970, and that we’re on track to lose 90% of the world’s wildlife by 2025...that's less than ten years from now! It’s easily the most urgent crisis for animals in the history of the movement – and no one is talking about it, at least not with any real urgency.”

Since going vegan is the most powerful way to fight back against this force, BWAR has committed itself to raising awareness and getting other groups on board. They’ve created a Facebook page for the campaign and petition: Save the Animals, Save the Earth calls for animal group across the country to adopt a public vegan policy in order to prevent a planetary crisis.
 
You can read the full article by clicking here, find out more about the group here, and sign the petition here.

Vegan Breakfast Pockets from Gardein

on Wednesday, 03 January 2018. Posted in Products

Vegan Breakfast Pockets from Gardein

Quick! Add this to your grocery shopping list, because you’re going to want to have this for your morning breakfast menu! Gardein, plant-based meat maker extraordinaire, has released a first-of-its kind breakfast pocket, complete with a vegan egg scramble. Their newest addition to their 'grab & go goodness' line of pocket foods includes breakfast and pizza pockets as well as chick’n and black bean sliders. The first breakfast-inspired item, these pockets are frozen, microwaveable, and cook in three minutes. Each bun is stuffed with meatless sausage, spinach, red peppers, cheddar shreds and scrambled vegan egg. It’s everything you could ever want in a breakfast pocket, and it’s vegan!

For this and other great Gardein products, visit their website.

Plant-Based Foods are The Mega Trend of 2018

on Tuesday, 02 January 2018. Posted in News

Plant-Based Foods are The Mega Trend of 2018

New research shows that in 2018, vegan cheese will become commonplace in restaurants, plant-based meat will gain traction, and big brands will launch more vegan ice cream options. The report titled “Food & Beverage Forecast” predicts that plant-based food will be the top “mega-trend” of 2018. Last year, vegan-related Google searches increased by 90 percent, plant-based food consumption among Americans rose to 83 percent, and 35 percent of consumers chose alternative sources of protein over red meat. The report goes on to explain that consumers are increasingly demanding plant-based options, and traditional restaurants are responding! On the retail side, the report states that ice cream launches will boom. Boom! 

You can read the full report by clicking here.

GRILLED VEGGIE KEBABS WITH POTATOES & TOFU

on Monday, 01 January 2018. Posted in Recipes

GRILLED VEGGIE KEBABS WITH POTATOES & TOFU
Happy 2018! Here's a recipe to start the new year with some sizzle. These glazed Grilled Veggie Skewers are packed full of colorful vegetables like bell peppers, purple onion, zucchini, mushrooms, roasted Garlic Herb Potatoes, and marinated tofu cubes, all slathered in a sweet maple BBQ glaze. Mmmm!

This versatile dish can be served on skewers for an easy finger-food appetizer, as a tasty side next to a veggie burger, or on a bed of rice, quinoa, or couscous for an easy and elegant entrée! And it adapts nicely to being cooked on the barbeque or in the oven, so you can enjoy these beauties all year long. Now let’s enjoy some vegan BBQ!

Ingredients (Marinade & Glaze)

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. bbq sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. sriracha
  • 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Pinch of garlic powder
  • Veggie Skewers
  • 1/2 lb. small potatoes
  • 1 14 oz package extra-firm tofu
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped 
  • 1 large bell pepper, cut
  • 4-5 large mushrooms, cut
  • 1/4 red onion, cut into large chunks

Instructions

1. Mix together marinade ingredients.
2. Chop tofu into large ¾" -1" cubes, marinate for 1-2 hours.
3. Preheat oven to 450° F.

4. Prepare potatoes according to the package instructions. Place foil on a large baking tray, and prepared potatoes on top. Bake for 10 minutes.
5. When ready, remove from oven and move potatoes to one side of the baking tray. Line the other side with parchment paper and arrange the tofu cubes. Return to oven and bake for 15 minutes. Flip tofu and stir potatoes before baking for another 10 minutes.
6. While tofu and potatoes bake, heat remaining marinade in small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer gently for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened.
7. Spray a grill top with a light coat of oil. Lightly precook vegetables for about 5 minutes until slightly tender. Add salt, to taste.
8. Assemble your skewers by beginning and ending with a piece of tofu or potato (this will prevent veggies from slipping off the skewers), alternate skewering a variety of veggies, tofu, and potatoes, making sure to have an equal amount of each food per skewer.
9. Brush assembled skewers with glaze and grill until veggies are tender. Pour any remaining glaze over skewers and serve over a bed of rice.

For more great recipes like this one, visit Brittany at ilovevegan.com.

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Meat Sales Slow Due to Veganism

on Tuesday, 26 December 2017. Posted in News

Meat Sales Slow Due to Veganism

The world's largest market research company, Research and Markets, recently reported a noteworthy difference in processed meat sales, particularly that of pepperoni. "Market researchers...stated that there is a growing demand for transparency in all stages of the production of processed meats, and as consumers seek out these labels, product costs increase," noted VegNews' coverage on the topic. Based on findings, the researchers also believe that the current trend toward plant-based foods is a primary contributing factor to said drop in sales. As such a number of meat companies have been investing in and look to plant-based alternatives.

Check out the source piece on VegNews.com.

Vegan Peppermint Hot Chocolate w/'Mallows

on Monday, 25 December 2017. Posted in Recipes

Vegan Peppermint Hot Chocolate w/'Mallows

Happy holidays! And if you celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas today! Yep, that's right, even on Christmas day we've go your Meatout Mondays newsletter rockin' and rollin' ::wink:: Right, so we thought we'd go simple and straightforward this week with a sassy holiday-themed, seasonal-appropriate, easy peasy recipe: hot chocolate. Yep. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 15oz. can of full-fat coconut milk
1 oz. (about 1/4 cup) vegan choc. chips
1/4 cup sugar (or 2 Tbsp. maple syrup)
2 Tbsp. vegan cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 tsp. peppermint extract
Pinch of salt
Mint leaves, for garnish
Vegan marshmallows, if you'd like

Directions:
1. In a medium saucepan whisk together the milk, sugar, and salt over low heat until the sugar dissolves. 
2. Whisk in the other ingredients and cook until hot (do not boil).
3. Pour into your serving mugs, top with marshmallows and a sprig of fresh mint.

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More Than 2 Dozen Schools in Los Angeles Add Vegan Lunch Options Per Request

on Thursday, 21 December 2017. Posted in Inspiration

More Than 2 Dozen Schools in Los Angeles Add Vegan Lunch Options Per Request

It wasn't long ago that we'd gotten wind of some vegan shifts happening within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), but it wasn't until last week that the news broke: 35 LA schools are officially adding vegan lunch menu options by this coming January! After a successful test run resulting in more than 30,000 vegan meals purchased at lunchtime, the schools decide to go all-in. Food Services Director for LAUSD, Joseph Vaughn said, "The data clearly shows that a sufficient number of students desire vegan options in addition to the regular lunch menu." Earlier this year the New York City public school district also announced their commitment to including vegan options in all 1,200 of their schools too!

Learn more about this exciting news at LiveKindly.co.

A $4 Billion Vegan Cheese Market?!

on Tuesday, 19 December 2017. Posted in News

A $4 Billion Vegan Cheese Market?!

With an estimated compound growth rather of 7.6 percent, over the next six years, the Bharat Book Bureau (BBB)—a market research firm—has determined that by 2024 the vegan cheese industry will be valued at a staggering $3.9 billion. The report noted that there are "various factors such as growing consumer demand for environmentally- friendly and animal-free sources of protein, rising concerns over antibiotic allergens, hormone use, [and] animal welfare concerns are driving the growth of the global vegan market."

See the survey results and learn more on MyNewsDesk.com.

Photo by Connoisseurus Veg

VEGAN RECIPE: Roasted Garlic Potato Bisque

on Monday, 18 December 2017. Posted in Recipes

VEGAN RECIPE: Roasted Garlic Potato Bisque

For our garlic-loving friends, we've got the ultimate yum-ness for you in this week's newsletter. Check out this light, easy to prepare, bisque that's sure to knock the socks off anyone you end up sharing it with (if you choose to share it, of course). Plan ahead as it does require some time to simmer and roast. Maybe add a side of garlic bread too! Enjoy!

Ingredients:
4 heads of garlic
3 large potatoes
1 tsp. coriander
Salt
4 cups vegetable broth, or water
Olive oil
Scape pesto

Directions:
1. Preheat over to 375° F.
2. Slice tops off each head of garlic, drizzle with olive oil and wrap in tinfoil
3. Roast the garlic for 40 minutes.
4.  While garlic is roasting, peel and cut potatoes.
5. In a medium pot, saute with a turn of olive oil and coriander until coriander is fragrant. 
6. Add broth and simmer on low for 30 minutes.
7. Add the roasted garlic, season with salt to taste.
8. In a blender (immersion works best) puree until smooth
9. Serve with a teaspoon of scape pesto and a drizzle olive oil.

 
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Whiskey Baked Persimmon Bread Pudding, Vegan Recipe

on Monday, 11 December 2017. Posted in Recipes

Whiskey Baked Persimmon Bread Pudding, Vegan Recipe

Break out the bread pudding, it's holiday season! Okay yes, we agree that bread pudding is a terrible name for food because admittedly it just kind of sounds yucky. However, this recipe is far from yuck. It's delicious, hearty, and sure to become a quick fan favorite. Not a persimmons person? No problem! Recipe creator, Amber St. Peter suggesting subbing with your favorite stone fruit instead. Bam! Problemo solved. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
6 heaping cups stale french bread, cubed
4 persimmons, halved and thinly sliced
1/3 cup whiskey
1 tsp. coconut oil
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp. cardamom
1 14oz. can full fat coconut milk
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 cup cornstarch
Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish

 

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease 9x13" baking dish.
2. Place stale bread cubes into a large bowl, set aside.
3. In a medium baking dish toss together persimmons, whiskey, coconut oil, guar, ginger, nutmeg, and cardamom. Bake for 20 minutes, tossing again about halfway through.
4. While persimmons are cooking, whisk together the coconut milk, almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, and cornstarch in a saucepan. Cook over low-medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently until mixture thickens.
5. Once finished pour the coconut milk mixture and the whiskey baked persimmons over the brad in the large mixing bowl. Mix to combine evenly.
6. Pour the mixture into the prepared 9x13" baking dish. Let sit for at least 20 minutes, then back for 15-20 minutes. Serve immediately. 

 

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Vegan Food Delivery Service Matches Your DNA to Optimize & Match Meals

on Wednesday, 06 December 2017. Posted in Tips & Ideas

Vegan Food Delivery Service Matches Your DNA to Optimize & Match Meals

If you've dreamed of saving time as it relates to meal prep but you don't want to sacrifice eating healthy, there's a new meal delivery service that may be just right for you. Introducing, VegReady. And get this, their crowdfunding campaign states, "after submitting your DNA report, our proprietary DNA Algorithm will recommend which of our 200 dishes match your genes and your gut microflora. You can order customized meals and we deliver them. Just store until needed then enjoy!" Pretty unique if we do say so. What's more, the meals are all plant-based, gluten-free, and non-GMO. Cool!

Learn more via their funding campaign at Kicksarter.com.

RECIPE: Simple Vegan Breakfast Muffins

on Monday, 04 December 2017. Posted in Recipes

RECIPE: Simple Vegan Breakfast Muffins

Perfect as a side to that morning scramble + cruelty-free facon bacon, a snack for that upcoming holiday party or an after-dinner sweet treat with a dollop of vegan vanilla ice cream on top, these quick and easy vegan muffins are sure to rock your world. Eat up!

Dry Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground turmeric

Wet Ingredients:

2 medium, very ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup granulated sugar
8oz vegan vanilla yogurt
3/4 cup vegan milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Fold-In:

1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Line a standard muffin tin with paper muffin liners or lightly grease the muffins wells.
3. In a medium bowl combine dry ingredients. Set aside.
4. In a separate medium bowl, combine wet ingredients. 
5. Add wet ingredients to dry, mixing until just combined. Stir in raisins and walnuts. 
6. With a heaping 1/4 cup of batter at a time, fill each muffin well.
7. Bake 18-22 minutes until a toothpick or cake tester comes out with a few moist crumbs attached when tested from the center of a muffin.
8. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack prior to serving.

 

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More Vegan Holiday Recipes Than You'll Know What to do With

on Wednesday, 29 November 2017. Posted in Tips & Ideas

More Vegan Holiday Recipes Than You'll Know What to do With

Whether or not you celebrate Christmas it's worth having a stash of holiday-themed recipes in your back pocket for those inevitable family get-togethers, friends'mas potluck, or heck maybe just a holiday-less-themed vegan meet-up. That actually sounds pretty fun! Anywho, our friends over at the popular vegan food blog, Minimalist Baker have graciously taken all the legwork out of researching common Christmas-themed recipes for us by compiling this incredible list of more than 120 recipes. They've included everything from breakfast, appetizers, Mains, and desserts.

Get them all right here at MinimalistBaker.com.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Date Bread Vegan Recipe

on Monday, 20 November 2017. Posted in Recipes

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Date Bread Vegan Recipe

Might as well keep this whole pumpkin theme going, eh? This week we've got a perfect-for-the-holidays pumpkin loaf for you! Enjoy this as a gluten-free option too by choosing gluten-free flour. Keepin' it Kind recipe author, Kristy recommends trying Bob's Red Mill brand. Do plan ahead for this one as Kristy notes it takes nearly an hour to bake and then she recommends waiting a solid four hours for it to cool. It'll be so worth it though! Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 cup pitted, chopped dates
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup boiling water
3 Tbsp. vegan butter
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour
1 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips

 

Directions:
1. Combine dates, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
2. Pour the boiling water into the bowl, stir to combine. Stir in the butter until melted and combined. Let rest for 20 minutes. 
3. Pre-heat oven to 350° F; Spray a loaf (8"x4" or 9"x5" work well) with cooking spray.
4. In a large bowl, stir together the pumpkin puree, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract. Gradually stir in the flour and coconut sugar. It will be thick and lumpy. Add the date mixture and stir until fully combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
5. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until firm and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and let cool for at least four hours before slicing and serving.
6. To store, wrap in plastic wrap or store in an airtight container. It will last 5-7 days if refrigerated, but if you plan on eating it within a couple of days, no need to refrigerate. 

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In an Effort to Promote Compassion for Animals, Vegan Bicycles Across India

on Thursday, 16 November 2017. Posted in Inspiration

In an Effort to Promote Compassion for Animals, Vegan Bicycles Across India

Inspired by fellow vegan and challenge-taker, James Aspey, Rohit Ingle decided to bicycle 12,000 miles across India in order to create more awareness around animal suffering and to encourage compassionate choices, among those he met along the way. In an interview with Ahmedabad Mirror, Ingle said, "It's easy when you listen to your heart, not your habits." Rohit explained that he's met many people along his journey who he now believes are committed to trying a vegan lifestyle after talking to him about it. Rohit joins the likes of Joshua Entis of 'This Little Vegan' who is currently on a 365 around-the-world compassion tour for animals, and Disney star Dan Richardson who kayaked for 21 miles to raise money for animal rights groups, among others who are taking on out-of-comfort-zone challenges to raise awareness and increase compassion. Go, "team!" w00t!

Learn more about Rohit's endeavors at AhmedabadMirror.IndiaTimes.com.

800 Publix Grocery Chain Locations Add Plant-Based Meals to Their Stores

on Wednesday, 15 November 2017. Posted in News, Tips & Ideas

800 Publix Grocery Chain Locations Add Plant-Based Meals to Their Stores

In an effort to increase the ease and availability of healthy, delicious, affordable, and quick meals, vegan food company PlantPure has joined forced with the worker-owned grocery store, Publix. This microwavable line of meals includes Peanutty Buddha Bowl, Tuscan Pesto Pasta, Thai Drunken Veggies, and Chana Masala. All dishes are oil-free and developed by PlantPure founder, Nelson Campbell (son of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study). Publix also carries Field Roast (plant-based meat products) and continues to add vegan options to their locations throughout the country.

Learn more about the initiative at PlantPureNation.com.

Pumpkin Granola with Pistachio + Coconut Recipe

on Monday, 13 November 2017. Posted in Recipes

Pumpkin Granola with Pistachio + Coconut Recipe

More pumpkin things because pumpkin! Yay! Welcome to the flavor we all know equals fall, pumpkin. Keeping with this theme we've got a great homemade granola recipe for you featuring fall's favorite flavor, plus a few more add-ins to keep it saucy. And as always feel free to mix it up and include your own favorite dried fruits, nuts, and spices. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup pistachios, chopped
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup hemp seed hearts

 

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 300 F. 
2. In a medium bowl combine all wet ingredients (maple syrup, pumpkin puree, melted coconut oil) and mix until well combined.
3. Add to wet the pumpkin pie spice, rolled oats, coconut, pistachios, cranberries, hemp seed hearts. Mix all ingredients together until all dry ingredients are integrated into the wet.
4. Spread granola on a large sheet lined with parchment paper.
5. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove and toss and turn granola, return to oven and bake for another 15-20 minutes.
6. Remove from oven and allow to cool prior to storing or serving.

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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!

Ingredients:
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

Directions:
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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