My honey had his first ever Stuffed Pumpkin tonight - he liked it so much he went back for seconds. I used to eat this a lot when I was a kid - one of the few dishes my mom could make with meat and actually get me to eat it without a fight. Yes, even in my youth I was not crazy about meat. I was not making this for my dinner so I did use ground beef, the smell wafting through my house was totally nostalgic.
On to the recipe. First I cooked a cup of white rice with 2 cups water. While the rice cooked I browned a little more than 1 pound of ground beef in a nonstick pan. When the rice & meat were finished cooking I transfered both to a large bowl and stirred till combined. Next I seasoned the mix with 1 tsp salt, 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme, 2 tsp dried ground sage & 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper. Once the rice & beef cooled a little I a medium chopped onion added 3 eggs.
I cut the top off the pumpkin and cleaned out the seeds. Then I pricked the inside with a knife and seasoned with a little salt (less than 1/2 tsp).
I stuffed the pumpkin with the filling using as much as I could jam into the cavity. I made so much filling that I could have stuffed a pumpkin 3 times this size. I divided the leftover filling among 6 jumbo muffin cups and baked for about 40 minutes - my honey had one of these mini meat loaves on the side. I was hoping D would eat one but that didn't happen. Looks like Charlie has lots of leftovers for the week.
I baked the stuffed pumpkin at 350 degrees for about 65 minutes - until the pumpkin was soft.
To serve my darling dear his yummy dinner I cut a wedge out of the pumpkin and scooped out some of the filling. It might not seem like it will hold together but it does. He got his meat, grains and veggies all in one meal. His dairy came at the end with a bowl of ice cream. He commented on what a satisfying meal he came home to.
Now on to the food that I ate. This afternoon while I was cooking my pants off I needed to stop and have a snack which was a cup of TJ's 0% Greek yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon and an apple from my picking extravaganza on Sunday. This apple was sooooo sweet.
For dinner I made a little salad with a cheddar cheese stick and MGF dressing. A few almonds and ........
TJ's Chicken Potstickers. They were pretty good. I cooked them in the microwave per the instructions on the package - they probably would have been better if I steamed them in a pot on the stove.
I tried this dipping sauce which I have had for a while in the door of my fridge - now I know why I don't use it - it was yuck!!! So, I just ate the potstickers plain.
For dessert I had one of these cuties. They are only 90 cals and 2 grams of fat - not a bad sweet treat.