Saturday, October 25, 2014
When “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” first came out in the 1960’s I knew I had found my perfect way to celebrate Halloween. Somehow it was easy to identify with Charlie Brown when he finds only rocks in his bag of “treats”.
And Linus, the picture of hope, sitting outside freezing in the pumpkin patch, exuding sincerity, full of anticipation of the arrival of the elusive Great Pumpkin. sigh
Watching this film has become a favorite family tradition. My daughter and I look forward to viewing it again each year. We even join Snoopy in a root beer and sing some pumpkin carols.
"Deck the Patch with orange and black . . ."
Have you ever tasted Pumpkin Chili? It’s our special Halloween Treat. It’s a super, healthy, tasty meal in a bowl.
Here’s our favorite Pumpkin Chili Recipe
8 oz. very lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped (or equivalent dried onion flakes)
1 medium sweet (red or yellow) pepper, chopped
1-2 zucchini, chopped or grated
2 cans Trader Joe’s Cuban Style Black Beans
1 can (14 ½ oz.) diced tomatoes
1 jar Trader Joe’s mild salsa verde
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree
1-3 tsp. Trader Jose’s dry Taco Seasoning (according to taste)
(extra chili seasoning or salsa as desired)
8 oz. Mexican blend shredded cheese
1. In a large skillet, brown ground beef over medium-high heat. Add onion, pepper and zucchini; cook and stir until veggies are tender. (You can use a touch of olive oil if necessary to prevent sticking.)
2. Add beans (don’t drain as they have a nicely flavored sauce) and tomatoes and salsa.
3. Stir in pumpkin puree and seasoning.
4. Lower heat and allow to simmer for 20 – 30 minutes. This should reduce the liquids and leave a nice smooth sauce.
Serves 8. Sprinkle cheese on top
A yummy special treat – this is even better the next day.
May the Great Pumpkin bring you joy and delightful surprises!
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