Pumpkin Chili

This recipe is from Thug Kitchen, here is the link. I included it because the comments in the recipe are hilarious.

1 yellow onion
1 carrot
1 bell pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeño, minced
2 teaspoons soy sauce or tamari
2 1/2 tablespoons mild chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
1 can (14 oz) pumpkin (NOT pie filling)
2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon lime juice

Chop up the onion, carrot, and bell pepper into smallish pieces.

Cook the onion, carrot, and bell pepper in a big pot and sauté them until they begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, jalapeño, soy sauce, and spices and cook that all together for another 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, pumpkin, broth, and beans and stir that up so everything is mixed.

Turn down the heat, cover, and let that simmer together for about 15 minutes. Stir it around every now and then. Stir in the lime juice and serve.

If you use vegetable broth, this is vegan. I added leftover thanksgiving turkey, and also threw in some kielbasa sausage later on (I made a huge pot, we had three meals and froze half of it.)  This is amazingly delicious, try it!



Acorn Squash

I got this from a magazine…it’s extremely easy and amazingly delicious.

  • 1 acorn squash
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Dried thyme leaves (fresh is good, I just never have it)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and black pepper

Cut the end off the squash, and cut it in half top to bottom. Scoop out the seeds, and slice each half into 1/4 inch slices; the more uniform the slices are, the better they cook.

Lay them on a baking sheet. Brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and thyme, then with parmesan cheese. Roast at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or so. Amazing.

Asparagus / Green Beans

I hated asparagus growing up. Turns out that I can’t stand to smell it steaming, boiling or being microwaved. But this? This is DELICIOUS.

  • A bunch of asparagus OR about half a pound of fresh green beans. Or both.
  • Stuff to make it taste good- flavored olive oils, vinegars, spices, nuts, cheese

If you’re using green beans, cut both tips off.

Lay the asparagus / green beans flat on a baking sheet with a rim. One layer, but you can put as much as you want in the pan.

Here’s the fun part: put stuff on it. I have a dozen bottles of fancy flavored olive oils and vinegars that people have given me, and I often pick two random ones and sprinkle over this. Or you could use any kind of non-creamy salad dressing. Try some pine nuts, sunflower seeds or pistachios. Maybe a bit of shredded cheese (parmesan is great!). Think about what you like and be creative.

You can either broil them (keep a close eye on the pan!) or roast them in a 350 degree oven for ten or twelve minutes. When they look good (and before they burn!) take one out and taste it for how you like them done.

Seriously, even Mr. Otter, who hates vegetables, loves this stuff.