3 Pumpkin Recipes for Halloween

Friday, 28 October 2016
Halloween, Cooking, Pumpkin, Autumn

This week's video is a bit different than the usual. I mean it does involve cooking. Halloween as the main theme this week I thought I'd do three recipes that you can replicate for a low key dinner, of course, involving pumpkin. Really easy and super tasty. Check them out! Below are the three recipes.

Pumpkin & Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms
Serves 2-4

Halloween, Cooking, Mushrooms, Quinoa, Healthy, Recipes, Pumpkin, Autumn

200g Shredded pumpkin
1 Red onion
6 tbsp Quinoa
4 Big mushrooms
Baby spinach
Grated cheese
Vegetable oil

1. Start by finely dicing the onion. Put some oil in a pan and fry the onion slowly. 
2. While the onion is frying, take the mushrooms and scoop the stem and insides. Gather what you scoop in a bowl for later use. 
3. Pre-heat the oven on 150oC
 4. Put 6 tbsps of quinoa in a pot and add water covering the surface of the quinoa. Let it cook
5. Place the mushrooms in a dish and bake for 5 to 10 minutes. 
6. Meanwhile, add the mushroom left overs to the onion in the pan. Also add the shredded pumpkin, baby spinach, salt and curry and half of the grated cheese. When the quinoa is cooked, add to the mixture. 
7. Take the mushrooms out of the oven and fill them with the mixture. Top the stuff mushrooms with the rest of the grated cheese.
8. Put in the oven again for 15 minutes. 

Tips: Pre-heating the mushrooms is a very important step as mushrooms lose their shape when they are cooked or baked. Thus, if they lose their shape before being stuffed it leads to a better final product. 

Pumpkin & Ricotta Stuffed Pasta Shells Bake
Serves 2

Halloween, Cooking, Recipes, Pasta, Ricotta, Pumpkin, Autumn

300g Pumpkin
250g Jumbo Pasta Shells
Baby spinach
1 Onion
250g Ricotta
Chopped Bacon (optional)
400g Tomato Sauce
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
Grated Cheese

1. Pre-heat the oven at 200oC 
2. Dice the pumpkin into small squares. Spread in a dish. Add oil and season with salt. Put in the oven for 20 minutes.
3. Boil some water and cook the jumbo pasta shells until just tender. At that point drain the water and leave them to cool at the side for a short while.
4. Put some oil in a pan. Add the chopped bacon. When it's brown add the onion, the pumpkin (when it's baked), the baby spinach and nutmeg.
5. When this mixture is done, pour in a bowl and leave to cool for 2 to 3 minutes. When cooler, add the ricotta and mix. Once that is mixed, scoop the mixture into the pasta shells. 
6. Place the stuffed shells in a dish. Top with tomato sauce and grated cheese. 
7. Put in the oven for 20 minutes. 

Tips: Let the bake cool before cutting into portions and served. 

Pumpkin Spice Cake
Serves 10

Halloween, Cooking, Baking, Recipes, Cake, Pumpkin, Spice, Autumn

200g Shredded pumpkin
180ml Vegetable oil
250g Plain flour
200g Granulated sugar
70g Ground mixed nuts
1/4 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1 tsp Cinnamon
1tsp Ginger
1/2 tsp Cloves
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/4 tsp All spice
1 tsp Vanilla extract
3 Eggs

1. Sift the flour in a big bowl. Add the spices and mix.
2. In a separate bowl put the sugar, crack the three eggs, add the oil and add the vanilla extract. Whisk the mixture.
3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix using a wooden spoon before whisking with a handheld whisk. 
4. Add in the shredded pumpkin and nuts and mix using the wooden spoon. 
5. Pre-heat the oven at 
6. Grease the cake tin using oil, butter or cooking spray. Pour in the batter into the cake tin and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes. 

TipsThe mixture can be easily divided into two batches making two cakes. 

2 comments on "3 Pumpkin Recipes for Halloween"
  1. Thank you that you have shared with us these wonderful recipes. I always have a lot of friends on Halloween and I would be very interested to cook new dishes for the party.

  2. Thank you for sharing your recipes with us. I would be very interested to cook new dishes for the party. Halloween is a very happy holiday.