As I’ve mentioned before, Halloween isn’t a huge deal here in the UK. And it’s never been something I’ve ever been interested in participating in, but it does have it’s appeal… The sweets (an excuse to eat even more chocolate than usual) and watching films – no horror films for me though (I’m too cool for them) instead I like to watch; The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, The Burbs, Edward Scissorhands, Hocus Pocus, Coraline, Addams Family etc. Films that have a nice spooky feeling without the months of no sleep that follows with horror films.
Anyway, onto the recipe… These Jack-O-Lantern peppers aren’t just about the novelty Halloween factor, they also taste amazing and make a really filling and healthy meal. Inside they are filled with quinoa, spinach, feta, garlic and onions – creamy textures and strong flavours, delicious!
I love the way the quinoa peeking through their mouths look like jagged teeth!
- 4 orange peppers
- 95g (1/2 cup) quinoa, uncooked
- ¾ pint (1½ cups) vegetable stock
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 handfuls of baby leaf spinach
- 100g (2/3 cup) feta cheese
- Preheat the oven to 190c.
- Pour the vegetable stock into a saucepan with the quinoa. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, or until all the liquid has been absorbed by the quinoa.
- Whilst you’re waiting for the quinoa to cook, chop off the tops of the peppers (keep for later) and remove the seeds from inside. Then carefully carve jack-o-lantern faces into the orange peppers using a small knife.
- Just before all the liquid is absorbed, add the onions and garlic to cook for 5 minutes. Add a little more water and reduce heat if it begins to dry out too quickly.
- Then add the baby leaf spinach and let it wilt.
- Take off the heat then crumble in the feta cheese. Stir and spoon into the peppers.
- Put in the oven to cook for 15-20 minutes until piping hot and the skin of the pepper has softened.
- Transfer to a plate and enjoy!
Do you celebrate Halloween? What are you favourite films to watch, are you into horror films or are you a big baby, like me?