Roasted pumpkin and pepper with turkey and freekeh | budget-proof challenge

DSCN6277There was this pumpkin sitting in my vegetable storage for already a month, so I decided it was about time to use it. I’ve done this before: buy pumpkin, forget about pumpkin, remember I have pumpkin and then be forced to find something to cook with pumpkin. Oh, well.

I thought it would be nice to roast vegetables. Roasted pumpkin is quite sweet and rich which can be rather overpowering, so I needed to balance it out – hence the bell pepper. Freekeh has that nutty flavour that goes great with roasted pumpkin and I decided to add the turkey for a nice hearty but healthy touch.

It is still budget-proof month, meaning that this particular recipe cost only €3,00 per person. A little bit more expensive than previous recipes, but worth the little extra!

Roasted pumpkin and bell pepper served with freekeh and turkey

Roasted pumpkin and bell pepper with turkey and freekeh
Serves 2
The richness of the pumpkin goes great with the fresh bell pepper. Combine this with the turkey and nutty flavour of the freekeh and you've got a great meal!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. Turkey, 300g in pieces
  2. Freekeh, 80g
  3. Pumpkin, one half
  4. Bell pepper, 1 red
  5. Za'atar herbs
  6. Salt and pepper
For the pumpkin and bell pepper:
  1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees.
  2. Take the top and the end of the pumpkin off and place it firmly on a cutting board.
  3. With a sharp knife, carefully slice the pumpkin in half.
  4. Scoop out the seeds and stringy bits and throw this away.
  5. Slice half the pumpkin in smaller parts. (You can save the other half, or cut it into pieces and freeze it)
  6. Cut the bell pepper into pieces too.
  7. Sprinkle some oil in an oven tray and place the bell pepper and pumpkin pieces in the oil. Add some of the za'atar mixture (I used around 3 teaspoons) and mix.
  8. Place this in the oven for around 35 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
For the turkey and freekeh:
  1. When the oven roast is halfway done, season the turkey with some salt and pepper.
  2. Place the freekeh in a pan, add plenty of water and some salt and bring it to a boil. Stir well. Take the pan off the heat and let the freekeh cook in 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, place the seasoned turkey in a pan on medium heat with some oil.
  4. When all of the food is done you can serve!
  1. You can replace the freekeh with rice our couscous. I would add some additional herbs to make up for the missing flavour.
See you tomorrow foodies! 

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2 thoughts on “Roasted pumpkin and pepper with turkey and freekeh | budget-proof challenge

    1. Precies! Maar het zorgt wel voor creativiteit: uiteindelijk zul je er toch iets mee moeten doen 🙂
      Het was ook erg lekker moet ik zeggen!

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