You can carve more than a pumpkin this Halloween! Get in the halloween mood at dinner time by carving these bell peppers and stuffing them with quinoa, halloumi and courgette. Hey Presto – Halloween Stuffed Peppers!
Carving a pumpkin is a bit of a tradition on Halloween, but not everyone likes the taste of pumpkin and so much pumpkin goes to waste after carving, that it’s nice to have a carving alternative. Bell peppers are really easy to carve, and you can stuff them with all of your favourite ingredients. We went with quinoa, halloumi, courgette (zuchinni) and our favourite Peppadew piquante peppers to give them a kick.
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Halloween isn’t as big a deal here in the UK as it is in the States but it is starting to get more popular each year. Any kind of celebration that involves dressing up and eating loads of chocolate has to be a good thing! We don’t get too many kids knocking on our door where we live, but we still buy a ton of chocolate and sweets, “just incase” and then end up eating it ourselves. What. A. Shame!
One thing we always do though, is carve a pumpkin and put it in the window. The carving of vegetables dates back over 700 years with records of the Māori people of New Zealand, but the tradition of making jack o’lanterns at Halloween began in Ireland in the early 19th century . Whilst our carving skills don’t come anywhere close to some of those that you see on Pinterest, we have made some pretty good attempts in the past – well, they were good enough to display in the window anyway.
This year, we decided to skip the pumpkin carving due to discovering that over 18,000 tonnes of pumpkin flesh goes to waste every year, due to pumpkins being bought for the sole reason of being carved into Jack O’Lanterns. Instead, we thought we would carve bell peppers and stuff them with some of our favourite ingredients. At least that way, nothing goes to waste.
If you are going to carve a pumpkin this year, please don’t throw away the insides. Roast the seeds to snack on and use the flesh to make our Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, Pumpkin Spice Latte, Pumpkin Pie Porridge or Creamy Pumpkin Soup. There is too much food waste in the UK as it is, and the increase in popularity of Halloween just adds to that!
The great thing about stuffed peppers is, you can stuff them with pretty much anything! Got some leftover bolognese or chilli con carne? Put it in a pepper! Got some leftover grains or some vegetables in the fridge that need using up? Stuff them in to a pepper. We really are determined to waste less food in our house, especially with the expense of a new baby soon, and this is a great way to cut down on food waste.
Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers
Get creative with the different flavours you use too. You could mix in a Mexican or Cajun seasoning with the filling, or just add some fresh herbs.
Although Halloween is all about sugary treats for many of us, this is a good way to make sure that there are a few servings of vegetables too. Get creative with your carvings, make faces or scary houses, and use it as an opportunity to use up leftovers. These Halloween Stuffed Peppers are the perfect fuel for the whole family, before an evening of trick or treating.
Halloween Stuffed Peppers Ingredients – Serves 2:
– 2 Bell Peppers
– 130g / 0.5 cup Quinoa
– Half a courgette (zucchini), chopped
– 75g Halloumi, cut into cubes
– 4 Peppadew piquante hot peppers, diced
– 1 tbsp Wholegrain Mustard
– 0.5 tsp each of Salt, Pepper and Garlic powder
– 1 tbsp Olive Oil
1) Slice the top off the bell peppers and remove the insides. Carve to the spooky design of your choice, but don’t remove too much of the pepper or the filling will fall out.
2) Boil the quinoa for 15 minutes.
3) Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and fry the halloumi and courgette (zucchini) until just browned. When done, remove from the heat and add the salt, pepper and garlic. Toss in the frying pan to mix.
4) Drain the quinoa and add the halloumi and courgette to it and mix together.
5) Stuff the spooky peppers with the quinoa mix and the Peppadew piquante peppers and bake for 20 minutes at 180°C
Ingredients needed to make Halloween Stuffed Peppers (serves 2)
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