Savory Pumpkin Quinoa

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Why Halloween is Better in My Adult Life

 

Oh, Halloween.  What’s not to love?  Butt-loads of candy?  Check.    Pumpkin carving? Check. Dressing up in costume?  Double check.  Pumpkin-flavored everything? Yes please.  Scary movies and haunted houses?  Okay, that’s where I bow out, because I am a wimp.  But to each his own.

I am not ashamed to say, that I am a Hallow-feen.  When it comes to this holiday, I go a bit over-the-top… I get obnoxiously excited about costumes and carving and cooking.  I literally think about what my costume will be all year.  Not saying I always end up with spectacular ideas and parties at which to show them off, but I do have a blast conjuring up some costume choices.

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My nephew told me I look like “the lady on the raisins box.” I couldn’t take the credit for this gem 🙂

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Last year, I rocked Willy Wonka. Come to think of it, most of my costumes are food related. Shocking, I know.

I know what you’re going to say:  But Jenni, you’re an adult.  Aren’t you a little tired of the whole Halloween thing?  Isn’t it for kids (and girls who have license to ho it up)?  Yes, and yes.  And no judgement here.  Ladies, if you got it, rock it.  For the “kids holiday” comment, I would agree to a certain extent, except that my family did not celebrate Halloween.  I am relatively new to the whole costume and candy thing, and my pumpkin-carving skills are atrocious.

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Wanna guess which one is mine? (Hint: it’s the crappiest one, on the right).

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This is what happens when your friends are amazing and talented, and have been carving since they were toddlers. mine is on a different table altogether.

 

Don’t worry, I never felt deprived as a kid:  we always went to dinner and a movie that night, my parents always bought us candy bars, and my house or car was egged.  See, we still had plenty of activities on All Hallow’s Eve.

Nevertheless, I am simply taking my adult years to make up for lost time.  If I can, I try to work in two costumes a year.  Even my pumpkin carving skills have slightly improved, with the help of borrowing my dad’s drill: drill p

And I always try to cook with as much pumpkin as possible, such as this random side dish I made last night.  OMG was it delish.  So savory, so satisfying, so easy.  What more could you want?  Maybe a few fun-sized Snickers to wash it down.


 

Materials:

  • 2-quart pot
  • skillet
  • spatula
  • measuring cup and spoons

Ingredients:

  • 1 c quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 1/4 c water
  • 1/3 c diced yellow onion
  • 1 c pumpkin puree
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1 T ginger
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil for cooking
  • pumpkin pie spice (optional)
  • chopped walnuts (optional)
  • grated Parmesan cheese (optional and amazing)

Directions:

  1. Bring water to a boil (covered) in pot.
  2. Once water is boiling, pour in quinoa and a pinch of salt.  Boil for 10-15 minutes covered, until tender and little rings form.
  3. Meanwhile, add about 1 T oil in a skillet and head over medium -high.  Once the oil is hot (not smoking), add your onion.  Cover and stir occasionally until golden brown, soft, and translucent.  NOTE:  I tend to add little splashes of water every few minutes to the pan, so that the onions “sweat” and caramelize, but do not burn.  FullSizeRender_3
  4. Once onions are done, add pumpkin to skillet.  FullSizeRender_2
  5. Add mixture to quinoa.  IMG_2705
  6. Stir in desired spices, to taste.  I recommend a good amount of ginger here.  FullSizeRender_1
  7. Serve with chopped walnuts and Parmesan.  Enjoy!

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Savory Pumpkin Quinoa

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 20
  • Difficulty: easy
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Materials:

  • 2-quart pot
  • skillet
  • spatula
  • measuring cup and spoons

Ingredients:

  • 1 c quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 1/4 c water
  • 1/3 c diced yellow onion
  • 1 c pumpkin puree
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1 T ginger
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil for cooking
  • pumpkin pie spice (optional)
  • chopped walnuts (optional)
  • grated Parmesan cheese (optional and amazing)

Directions:

  1. Bring water to a boil (covered) in pot.
  2. Once water is boiling, pour in quinoa and a pinch of salt.  Boil for 10-15 minutes covered, until tender and little rings form.
  3. Meanwhile, add about 1 T oil in a skillet and head over medium -high.  Once the oil is hot (not smoking), add your onion.  Cover and stir occasionally until golden brown, soft, and translucent.  NOTE:  I tend to add little splashes of water every few minutes to the pan, so that the onions “sweat” and caramelize, but do not burn.
  4. Once onions are done, add pumpkin to skillet.
  5. Add mixture to quinoa.
  6. Stir in desired spices, to taste.  I recommend a good amount of ginger here.
  7. Serve with chopped walnuts and Parmesan.  Enjoy!


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