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Healthy Stuffed Pumpkin Recipe

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Healthy Stuffed Pumpkin Recipe
Stuffed Pumpkin recipe

This delicious, budget-friendly, healthy stuffed butternut pumpkin recipe will leave you feeling warm, toasty and satisfied. Best served on a cool autumn or winter evening :) 

Healthy Stuffed Pumpkin Recipe

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 70 mins

Total time: 80 mins
Serves: 2
Dietary preferences: Vegetarian 

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium butternut pumpkin
  • 3 tsp vegetable oil
  • sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 70g couscous
  • 200ml salt-reduced vegetable stock
  • ½ small brown onion, finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 2 large handful baby spinach leaves
  • 125g tinned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 60g cranberries
  • 30g pistachios
  • 40g salt-reduced low-fat feta

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F) and line a baking tray with baking paper.
 
2. Cut the pumpkin in half lengthways and scoop out the seeds. Place the pumpkin halves on the lined baking tray cut side up. Drizzle over 1 teaspoon of oil and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes, until the pumpkin is fork tender. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly.
 
3. When the pumpkin is cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh, leaving a 2cm-thick border around the edges. 
 
4. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan bring the 1 teaspoon oil and 200ml of stock to the boil. Add the couscous and remove from the heat. Leave to stand, covered, for 2-3 minutes before fluffing with a fork to help separate the grains.
 
5. Heat the remaining oil in a non-stick fry pan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, oregano and paprika and cook for 5 minutes or until the onion is soft and translucent, stirring frequently. Add the spinach and cook for 1-2 minutes until the spinach wilts, stirring occasionally.
 
6. Place the couscous, spinach mixture, chickpeas, orange zest and juice, cranberries and pistachios in a mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper, if desired, and mix until well combined.
 
7. Spoon the couscous mixture into the pumpkin shells and return to the lined tray. Sprinkle over the feta. 
 
8. Cook in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the filling is hot. Serve warm and enjoy!
 

* Disclaimer: This blog post is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. The above information should not be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, sleep methods, daily activity, or fitness routine. Sweat assumes no responsibility for any personal injury or damage sustained by any recommendations, opinions, or advice given in this article.

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