I have a friend who patiently cleaned, peeled and cubed a fresh pumpkin and then selflessly gave me some. Scratch that, a TON!
I would have never even thought of doing something like that! But now that I have it in my fridge the ideas are flowing. First, I roasted some simply with curry. D-licious! The curry powder and pumpkin were such a fun combo it gave me an idea for a curry style chili of sorts and it came out even better!
The combination of black beans, pumpkin and red peppers was wonderful, but then I added cheese and spinach. Oh. My. Word!
I'm already dreaming of the leftovers tomorrow. Here's what I did…
- 1 Yellow Onion chopped
- About 2 cups of fresh raw pumpkin cut into small cubes
- 1 Red Bell Pepper chopped
- 1 can of Black Beans with liquid
- 1 tsp Red Curry Powder
- 1 tsp Dried Cumin
- About 2 cups Baby Spinach
- 2 Rounds of The Laughing Cow Mini Babybel® Sharp Original Cheese
- Dried Cilantro
Spray a pot with non-stick cooking spay. Brown the onion over medium-high heat. Add the pumpkin and sprinkle of kosher salt. Let the pumpkin brown a few minutes before adding the pepper.
Don't stir too much when browning. Let the veggies sit on the heat for a minute then toss and let sit again. You're looking to brown and scorch to draw out flavor.
Once the onion is all nice and brown and the peppers begin to soften, add the can of beans with the liquid.
If you are watching your sodium try to find cans without salt. I'm seeing them more and more.
Once you add the liquid be sure to deglaze the bottom of the pot. You want to get all that great flavor from browning the veggies.
Time to add the spice! I used this Red Curry…
and some dried cumin. Great combo!
Stir in the spice, lower to a simmer and let the flavors all merge.
While simmering put about a cup of spinach in a bowl.
Top with 1 and half cups of the pumpkin and back beans.
Now here comes the kicker. Cube a round of The Laughing Cow Mini Babybel® Sharp Original Cheese.
And top the chili.
Sprinkle some dried cilantro and mix it all together.
It may look like a big ole bowl of stuff…
but it sure was delicious!
And super healthy! -- According to NutrtionData.com this food is...
...a good source of Protein, Thiamin, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate and Manganese.
|Servings||Amt per Serving|
|2||1.5 cups with one round of cheese and the spinach|
|315||7g||15g||old: 6||new: 8|