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Festive Halloween Dinner; Dinner in a Pumpkin

17 October 2010

This recipe is technically from last year, but since we ate it after Halloween many of you missed the time to prep for the holiday so i am re-showing that post!

I had to share my dad's pumpkin!  Isn't is cool!
Justin's isn't too shabby either!  (below)

For those of you who had good intentions to carve pumpkins and bought them, but didn't quite get around to carving them, I have the recipe for you!  It is one of Justin's childhood traditions that we plan on carrying on, they call it simply Dinner in a Pumpkin! So fun.

So, clean out that pumpkin and roast the seeds.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds:
  1. Preheat the oven to 400.  Clean out seeds and separate them from the stringy part.
  2. In a small sauce pan, add the seeds, about 2 cups water and about a tablespoon salt.  Bring to a boil, let simmer 10 minutes.  Remove from heat, and drain.
  3. Spread on a roasting pan spray with olive oil cooking spray.  Bake on top rack (maybe 20-40 minutes) til they begin to brown.  Stir them once.  Let cool and Enjoy!
We actually cleaned the pumpkins the night before.  Then put the pumpkin in the fridge til we were ready to cook it. 

Dinner in a Pumpkin
Servings approx 6 (probably more but being conservative) 8 Weight Watchers Points per serving

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1 small to medium pumpkin, deseeded and washed with cap on.  Place on a cookie sheet (not necessary but easier to hold onto when removing)  Begin cooking the pumpkin for approx 30 minutes.  **if you have a large pumpkin which is what we had, cook for one hour empty.

Brown in large Skillet:
1 1/2 to 2 lbs Ground Beef ( I only used 1 lb but you can add more or less)

Add and Saute till vegetables are softened:
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 onion chopped
Several large Mushrooms sliced

2 cups cooked rice (brown is best!)
2 cans Cream of Mushroom soup 
1 8 oz can Water Chestnuts sliced

Remove pumpkin after it has been cooking empty, add ingredients and cook until done.  30 minutes to an hour.  The goal is to have the pumpkin completely cooked, so that you can scoop some of the pumpkin out with the beef mixture.

So good!  Very fun!


Brenda October 17, 2010 at 7:25 AM  

That is just the coolest thing - dinner in a pumpkin! What a fun idea. Thank you so much for hosting and I hope you have a great Sunday!

Between3Sisters.com October 17, 2010 at 7:49 AM  

Wow! The carving looks great! What amazing talent! I am going to have to try out this dinner in a pumpkin, it's a wonderful idea for the holiday!

21st Century Housewife© October 17, 2010 at 10:53 AM  

Amazing pumpkins - wow!! And what a cool idea to make dinner in a pumpkin as well!

Kirby October 17, 2010 at 2:19 PM  

I love the idea of supper in a pumpkin and love pumpkin seeds! Thanks so much!
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Miranda October 17, 2010 at 4:33 PM  

Great idea! How fun for the kids :) This is going to go on my list of things to do this month.

FOUR ALL SEASONS October 21, 2010 at 7:32 AM  

What a great idea! you could say going green with a pumpkin!!LOL (no waste!!)I will try this soon.

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