Savory Stuffed Mini Pumpkins

Savory Stuffed Mini Pumpkins


  • 8 mini pumpkins mini pumpkins (about 10 to 13 ounces each)
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Simply Organic Black Pepper to taste
  • tsp Simply Organic Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 small sweet onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or finely chopped
  • 8 oz cremini mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups kale leaves, destemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp Simply Organic Ground Sage Leaf
  • ½ tsp Simply Organic Rosemary Leaf
  • cup unsweetened dried cranberries
  • ½ cup apple cider


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Using a sharp serrated knife, slice tops off mini pumpkins; scoop out seeds and place pumpkins on a baking sheet. Rub inside flesh with 1 to 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, then sprinkle with salt, pepper and a pinch of nutmeg.
  • Roast for 20 to 30 minutes, or until pumpkins are just tender (will vary based on size of pumpkins).
  • Meanwhile, in a pot, gently bring quinoa and 2 cups water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook 15 to 20 minutes, until fluffy. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and the onion, and cook until tender. Add garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until fragrant.
  • Add mushrooms and kale leaves. Cook, stirring occasionally until tender and caramelized.
  • Add sage and rosemary and cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes, then add quinoa, cranberries and apple cider, cooking until cider is absorbed.
  • Arrange pumpkins in a large baking dish and stuff each with quinoa mixture. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
  • Bake for an additional 10 to 20 minutes, until pumpkins are soft and stuffing is heated through. Serve hot. 


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