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    Miniature Pumpkins Stuffed With Spiced Lentils

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    1 hr 45 mins

    15 mins

    1 hr 30 mins

    Smirk's Note:

    The lentils are delicious when served without the pumpkin, too. Adapted from 365 Ways to Cook Vegetarian. Plan on one "Jack Be Little" or other miniature pumpkin per person.

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 325°F Fill a 9X13-inch baking pan with 1 inch of water. Set whole pumpkins in pan and bake 40 to 45 minutes, until blade of a knife penetrates flesh easily. (or microwave: With tip of a sharp knife, poke holes in each pumpkin. Set pumpkins in a microwave-safe plastic wrap, and microwave on high for 7 minutes. Rotate pumpkins and microwave 4 to 5 minutes longer.) Let cool, then carefully remove tops to make a lid. Scoop out seeds.
    2. 2
      While pumpkins are baking, in a large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, sugar, cumin, paprika, and cinnamon. Add lentils and broth. Cover and cook until lentils are tender, 40 to 45 minutes. Drain into a colander. Season lentils with salt and cayenne.
    3. 3
      Fill hollowed pumpkins with equal amounts of hot lentil mixture. Cover each pumpkin with its lid and serve at once.
    4. 4
      In the past, I've also baked a pretty medium-sized pumpkin at 325 (It takes longer, depending on size) and used it as a serving bowl.

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    Nutritional Facts for Miniature Pumpkins Stuffed With Spiced Lentils

    Serving Size: 1 (130 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 299.0
    Calories from Fat 52
    Total Fat 5.8 g
    Saturated Fat 0.7 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 595.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 45.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 21.0 g
    Sugars 4.5 g
    Protein 17.6 g

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