These sweet little pie pumpkins are dressed up savory with grassfed beef and vegetables, and then and hit with the sweet warmth of cinnamon.
I’ll admit that I am totally a summer girl – I love my sunshine, bare feet, and beach days. But I don’t care how much you love summer, you just can’t get more gorgeous than autumn in Michigan!
This is a great time of year to take advantage of delicious seasonal pumpkins at your farmer’s markets and grocery stores.
Pie pumpkins (sometimes labeled sugar pumpkins) are not just for sweet desserts! They make a really delicious squash side for dinner, and if you have never had savory pumpkin before you are really in for a treat! These little stuffed pumpkins have a hint of cinnamon to give it a slight sweet warmth, and the kids are really going to have fun eating these! They make a fun, nourishing meal before trick or treating!
Don’t be intimidated by its fancy look – this is definitely do-able on a weeknight too! Make the stir fry “stuffing” part the night before (or early morning), and just store it away – then it just needs to be stuffed into the pumpkin after the squash roasts – super quick hands on time. You can also have the kids scoop the seeds out of the pumpkin while you do other things! Quick throw the pumpkin in the oven when you get home from school or work and do homework with the kids, finish up emails, etc.
- 2 pie pumpkins, halved and seeds scooped out
- 1½ cups cooked, shredded roast beef (ground beef works too - I like to use leftovers from a roast beef dinner the night before!)
- 1 small onion
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 small head cabbage, sliced thin
- 2 handfuls of baby spinach, chopped
- 1 cup cooked long grain white rice (cooked quinoa would work, or if you are grain free just leave the grain out or use cauliflower rice)
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- salt/pepper to taste
- 1 cup raw cheese, grated
- Place the halved pumpkins flesh side up on a baking sheet, butter the flesh, and then salt and pepper the flesh. Roast in a 425 degree oven for 50 minutes.
- While the pumpkin is roasting, cook the filling (the filling only takes about 20 minutes to make so you can either make it ahead of time or make it a half hour into roasting the squash so they are done at the same time). Start by melting a few TB of butter (or bacon grease makes this taste amazing!) in a pan and add the onion and cabbage with a big pinch of sea salt. Cook on medium/high heat for 15 minutes or so until the cabbage cooks down, softens, and sweetens.
- Add the garlic, spinach, beef, and cinnamon cook about 5 minutes until the spinach wilts.
- Add the cooked rice, combine, and then taste the mixture for sea salt and pepper and season to your taste.
- Stuff the middle of the roasted pumpkin with the cooked cabbage and beef filling. Really stuff it all in there. Sprinkle cheese over the top, and bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes to melt the cheese.
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