This is a great gluten-free recipe for the autumn.
4 small pumpkins
1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained1
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp unrefined sea salt
1 shallot, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup raisins or other dried fruit
1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
2 tbsp finely minced parsley
1/4 tsp ground cinnamonpinch ground nutmeg
1 tbsp maple syrup
Preheat the oven to 375F (180 deg C)
Wash the pumpkins and cut 1/2 inch off of the top of each. Scoop out the seeds and discard, along with the tops.
Place the pumpkins, cut side down, on a baking sheet.
Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes, or until the flesh is soft.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool until you can handle the pumpkins safely. While the pumpkins are baking, cook the quinoa (1 cup quinoa to 2 cups of water, bring to boil and leave to simmer). When cooked, fluff with a fork, cover and set aside.
Zest the orange and reserve the zest. Juice the orange and place the juice in a small bowl along with the raisins or other dried fruit. Set aside. While the pumpkins and quinoa are cooking, put a small sautee pan over medium low heat.
Add the olive oil and shallots and allow the pan to come up to temperature, stirring frequently.
Sautee for a few minutes, until the shallots are just translucent. Remove from heat. When the quinoa is done cooking, add in the sauteed shallots, orange zest, orange juice and raisins, pecans, parsley, cinnamon, nutmeg and maple syrup to the pot. Stir well to combine.
Taste to check for seasoning and add additional spices, salt or pepper according to your taste.
Turn the pumpkins over and fill each with a generous amount of the quinoa mixture. Place back on the baking sheet, cut side up.
When all four pumpkins have been filled, return to the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the pumpkins are hot and fragrant.
Remove from the oven and serve.