Dinner in a Pumpkin

-1 medium pumpkin                                    -3 ribs celery, chopped

-¼ cup honey                                              -¼ cup soy sauce

-¼ C. brown sugar                                      -1 C. orange juice

-2 Tbs. margarine, melted                           -2 Tbs. parsley flakes

-¾ C. ground beef                                       - 1  4 oz. can, sliced

-¼ tsp. salt                                                      mushrooms, drained

-¼ tsp. black pepper                                    -1- 10 oz. can Golden            

-1/3 C. chopped onion                                        Mushroom soup

-1/3 C. sweet red & green pepper,       - ½ C. sliced roasted almonds,            

            chopped                                               divided

-½ tsp. ginger                                               - 1 pkg. Seasoned Long Grain

                                                                        Wild Rice, prepared (according to pkg directions)                                                                         

Cut top from pumpkin and save.  Scoop out strings and seeds.  Combine honey, 2 Tbs. brown sugar and magarine and brush on inside of pumpkin.  Set pumpkin aside.

Combine ground beef, salt and pepper, brown, drain, and set aside. In a saucepan, mix onion, peppers, celery, soy sauce, and orange juice.  Cover, simmer 10 minutes.  Combine meat and vegetable mixture and add remaining ingredients, reserving 1 Tbs. almonds.  Transfer mixture to hollowed pumpkin.

Replace pumpkin top.  Brush entire surface of pumpkin with olive oil and place on baking sheet.  Bake @ 375 degrees for  l 1/2 hr.  on the lowest oven rack.  Just before serving, sprinkle with remaining almonds.  Keep covered until serving time.

Serves 8 – 10.

This is a DIVINE recipe! If you have any extra pumpkins lying around I suggest you use them wisely! Have a great Monday!