Dinner in a Pumpkin


Looking for a fun and yummy fall meal to make for your family? If our Halloween dinner didn’t do the trick, then you’ll love this Dinner in a Pumpkin with a healthy twist! Make sure you start a few hours before dinner so it will have time to cook.

Dinner in a Pumpkin


1 small/medium pumpkin, the size of a soccer ball, top cut open and cleaned out

1 1/2 lbs of ground turkey

1/2 onion, chopped

1/2 green pepper, chopped

1 small can water chestnuts

1 cup brown rice, cooked

1 can low-fat Cream-of-Chicken soup

1 can sliced mushrooms

2-3 T. soy sauce

1 T. brown sugar


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Start cooking your brown rice right away as it takes about 30-40 minutes to cook. Meanwhile, wash your pumpkin, and cut a hole on the top like you were going to carve a pumpkin. Clean it out well, seeds and all. Place it on a cookie sheet with a lip on it lined with tin-foil. Spray your pumpkin with cooking spray so it will have a shiny finish after it cooks. Set aside.

Brown the ground turkey with the onions and green peppers. Cook until no longer pink. Add the soup, soy sauce, brown sugar, water chestnuts, mushrooms, and cooked rice. Mix all together, and stuff the empty pumpkin with the meat mixture.

Cook at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours, or until the pumpkin is soft. When serving, scrape the sides of the pumpkin and serve along with the meal.


This is fun, delicious, and beautiful! Your family will love it!



  1. Emily says

    I made this for dinner tonight and my family really enjoyed it. The recipe doesn’t specify whether to drain the canned items or not so I drained the mushrooms but not the water chestnuts. I think after making it, I would drain both canned items next time. Also, the recipe does not say to cook the pumpkin with the top on it. (I would suggest adding that to the recipe.) All in all, good dinner!

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