Dinner in a Pumpkin
Dinner in a pumpkin with wild rice, beef and vegetables cooked in a yummy sauce - a fun way to celebrate Halloween.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
- 1 medium pumpkin (or 2 smaller pumpkin pie pumpkins)
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 cup yellow onion , finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic , minced
- 1 cup carrot , diced
- 1 cup green bell pepper , diced
- 1/2 cup celery , diced
- 2 cups wild rice , cooked (or use brown rice or quinoa)
For the Sauce:
- 1 1/2 cups low-sodium beef broth
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1/8 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
- 1/8 teaspoon paprika
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- crushed red pepper flakes to taste
Cut the top off of the pumpkin--cutting an opening about 5-7 inches wide.
Clean out the seeds and insides of the pumpkin until the inner walls of the pumpkin are smooth.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Season the ground beef with salt and pepper. Brown it in a large skillet over medium heat.
Remove grease. Add onion, garlic, carrots, bell pepper and celery and saute for 2-3 minutes.
Pour mixture into a large bowl. Add cooked rice and toss to combine.
For the Sauce:
Sdd the beef broth to the same skillet over medium heat.
Add onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper, parsley, paprika and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer.
Whisk in the flour until smooth. Add the milk and cook, stirring, until thickened, 2-3 minutes.
Pour sauce over the rice/beef mixture and toss to combine. Season with crushed red pepper, to taste.
Lightly salt and pepper the inside of the pumpkin.
Spoon mixture into the pumpkin and place the lid/stem back on top.
Place the pumpkin on a tinfoil lined baking sheet and place it on the lowest rack of your oven (or whatever rack will allow the pumpkin to fit in the center of the oven).
Bake for 45 min -65 minutes, depending on the size.
When serving, don't forget to scoop the delicious cooked pumpkin from the sides of the pumpkin as you spoon the mixture out. Enjoy!
Calories: 606kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 246mg | Potassium: 923mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 4550IU | Vitamin C: 27.3mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 3.8mg