Fancy Stuffed Pumpkins

It seems as if every year there are an abundance of people who skip the fall days of November right after Halloween and go straight into winter decor. We’re not saying it’s wrong, but some people like to keep autumn around longer. This recipe is for those who enjoy the fall decor more than most and love to impress others by their Thanksgiving spread.

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Fancy Stuffed Pumpkins

| Difficulty: Medium | Serving Size: 6 Small Pumpkins | Total Time: 40 Minutes |

Ingredients

  • 6 mini pumpkins

  • 4 links of chicken & apple sausage, precooked (I used Open Nature brand)

  • 1 finely chopped yellow onion

  • 4 tablespoons butter ( ghee butter works too!)

  • 1 package Seeds of Change Quinoa & Brown Rice w/ Garlic

  • 1 cup chopped kale

  • 1 cup crimini mushrooms

  • fresh thyme, olive oil, and pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Slice off the tops of the pumpkins and scoop out the seeds.

  3. Line baking sheet with foil and place pumpkins on sheet.

  4. Sprinkle pepper and olive oil onto the interior of the pumpkins.

  5. Bake the pumpkins with the tops on them for 10 minutes.

  6. While pumpkins are baking, chop up mushrooms to desired size and saute in pan with butter and onions.

  7. Chop up sausage links into small pieces and add to the mix.

  8. Lower heat in the pan and toss in the chopped kale.

  9. Prepare rice packet per directions on package and stir into pan.

  10. Remove pumpkins from oven and remove tops carefully.

  11. Spoon in mixture evenly into the pumpkin.

  12. Place filled pumpkins in oven without tops for 15 minutes.

  13. Place fresh thyme onto pumpkins and cover with pumpkin top.

  14. Serve warm in a decorative manor.

Notes: Parmesan cheese goes nicely with this mixture as well. I made a mistake and used decorative mini pumpkins which were cute, but horrendous to slice - so maybe stick to the basic mini pumpkins or sugar pie pumpkins. Mixture goes well also as something to be used as part of a meal prep and does NOT have to go inside a pumpkin. Maybe double or triple the mix for a festive Friendsgiving!

XOXO