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Dinner in a Pumpkin

(This picture doesn’t look too appetizing, but that’s because these babies aren’t cooked yet.  This recipe actually turns out pretty yummy and both of my kids like this meal a lot.)

Here’s a fun fall-themed dinner to eat after taking your little ones to a pumpkin farm. This year, I actually purchased our eating pumpkins at the store so that I could make this meal before we went to the pumpkin patch. When we came home all worn out, all I had to do was stick these in the oven.

Dinner in a Pumpkin


  • 1 package organic ground beef
  • 2-3 carrots
  • 2-3 pieces celery
  • 1 bell pepper
  • half an onion
  • a package of mushrooms
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 T of soy sauce


Preheat the oven to 350. Cook the meat and veggies on the stove until the ground beef is all the way cooked as measured by a meat thermometer. Then mix in the soup, rice, and soy sauce. Stuff the pumpkins and bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes with the pumpkin lid on.

Note: I like to use small sugar pie pumpkins for this. Big pumpkins will also work, but it takes a lot longer than one and a half hours to cook.  You could also try making this vegetarian by upping the rice and deleting the meat.

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