Autumn is in the air and I’m lovin’ it! 🙂 The last two weeks I have been innovating a new recipe with pumpkin as a main ingredient – and this is was created in my little apartment kitchen. It tasted great and hope that you will give it a chance. I know it sounds rather strange, but all new things usually do.

The flavors are simple, and the pumpkin is nothing like the taste of pumpkin pie, because that is all the seasonings, boiled pumpkin is more comparable to butternut squash, but with a sweeter taste.

To create this fresh of the skillet recipe you’ll need –

1 sm. cooking pumpkin, diced
1 – ½ lb. ground beef
½ large onion chopped
1 – 24 oz can diced tomatoes
1 – 12 oz can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 – 12 oz can beef broth
1 T. fresh minced garlic
1 ½ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp pepper

When cutting the pumpkin, please use extreme CAUTION! If you have a brother or husband, please allow them to do this, but if not, have a sharp knife and be careful. Slice in half and then into quarters and cut out into long slices and dice those pieces into bite size pieces.

In a stew pot, add 3 cups water and allow to reach a roaring boil. Add the diced pumpkin and allow to boil until tender for 10-15 min. but do not overcook! Mushy pumpkin will not do for this recipe; you want the pumpkin to be tender, but not falling apart. Drain when done, and set aside.

Cook ground beef until done, add chopped onions and cook until oni ons start to caramelize. Add fresh minced garlic along with salt and pepper. Allow meat to absorb seasonings.

In the large stew pot, add the can of diced tomatoes, beef mixture and beef broth, and allow to simmer on medium-low heat for atleast 10 min. Add the rinsed black-eyed peas and pumpkin and allow the flavors time to mix on low heat for another 10 min.

Serve hot with fresh cornbread or rolls.

This is a fun, something new kinda stew/chili that I think you’ll enjoy! Try it, and tell me what you think!!!

Happy Autumn!!!

Amy

Cost:
pumpkin = $1.79
ground beef = $2.45/lb = $3.67
onion = $0.89
diced tomatoes  = $0.94
black-eyed peas = $1.54
beef broth = $1.00 (on special)
seasonings = $0.85
Total = 10.69 Serves 5 = $2.14/serving

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