(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) With Halloween just around the corner, why not celebrate with these savory mushroom and quinoa stuffed mini pumpkins? The sweetness of the pumpkin paired with the savory quinoa and mushroom pilaf makes for the perfect vegan side dish or entree.

Despite popular belief, mini pumpkins are not only edible, but they are actually quite delicious, too. When they are roasted with the tops cut off and seeds removed, mini pumpkins also make the perfect little festive bowls for holding sweet or savory goodies. They look so impressive, but don’t be fooled–they’re super easy to make!

Rest assured, these adorable little stuffed pumpkins are sure to be the hit of your next fall gathering! As always, happy eating! — Global Animal

Savory Mushroom and Quinoa Stuffed Mini Pumpkins. Photo Credit: Simple Seasonal

Savory Mushroom and Quinoa Stuffed Mini Pumpkins

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 6 mini pumpkins
  • 1 C uncooked quinoa
  • 2 C vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbsp plus 2 tsp olive oil
  • 8 oz sliced button mushrooms
  • 1 C chopped leeks
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • ⅛ tsp rosemary
  • ¼ tsp thyme
  • ⅓ C dry white wine
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400º F. Meanwhile, cut the tops off of 6 mini pumpkins and remove the seeds. The seeds can be discarded, but they can also be reserved for roasting, much like larger pumpkin seeds. Lightly brush olive oil over the insides and outsides of the pumpkin bottoms and tops and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bake for 25-30 minutes with the tops on the pumpkins. The pumpkins are done when the inner flesh is tender.
  2. After placing the pumpkins in the oven, make the quinoa. First rinse the quinoa well and then combine 1 cup of quinoa in a sauce pan with 2 cups of vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook covered until all of the liquid is absorbed. This will take 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, sauté the mushrooms and leeks in 2 teaspoons of olive oil for about 5 minutes, or until tender. Add the garlic, rosemary, and thyme to the pan and cook 1 more minute. Next, add the white wine and cook until the wine is mostly evaporated. Season with the salt and pepper. By now the quinoa should be done cooking. Measure 2 cups of cooked quinoa into the skillet with the mushrooms and leeks. Stir to evenly combine.
  4. Remove the cooked pumpkins from the oven and spoon the quinoa pilaf evenly into each pumpkin. Consider garnishing with a little parsley for added color. Serve immediately.

Recipe Courtesy of Simple Seasonal

More Simple Seasonal: https://simpleseasonal.com/recipes/savory-mushroom-and-quinoa-stuffed-mini-pumpkins

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