This time of year, you can’t walk into a grocery store without seeing something pumpkin-licious within the first ten feet! (We think you’ve noticed). With orange-tinted leaves in every yard, Halloween just around the corner, and Thanksgiving soon upon us, the pumpkin-craze abounds for at least a couple of months. And pumpkin pie for Christmas? Yes please!
Other than reminding our taste-buds of fall and the holiday season, does pumpkin have any real health benefits? We’re so glad you asked…
According to Medical News Today, this “plump orange plant” is far more nutritious than people give it credit for. Apparently, consuming one cup of cooked, canned pumpkin can provide:
- over 100% of your daily needs for vitamin A
- 20% of the daily value for vitamin C
- 10% or more for vitamin E, riboflavin, potassium, copper and manganese
- and small amounts of a whole lot more
This means that can of pumpkin, full of the antioxidant beta-carotene, can offer benefits for:
- your blood pressure
- eye health
- asthma sufferers
- lowering risks of cancer
- boosting your immune system, and more!
There’s no shortage of pumpkin bread, pumpkin tea, pumpkin sweets, pumpkin pie and more on the grocery store shelves, but here’s a recipe you might not have tried: pumpkin chili. Yep, you heard us right. Get your antioxidants and spicy thrill all in one big fall-friendly bite. Try our recipe below!
THRILLING PUMPKIN CHILI
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 2-3 large cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1 cans of pinto or white northern beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 cans of diced tomatoes and chilies, keep the juice
- 1 can pumpkin puree1 can of corn, drained and rinsed
- optional: 1 can of corn, drained and rinsed
- 1 can of vegetable or chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder (or more to taste)
- a dash of smoke flavor, if you have it
- optional: 2 cups of diced fresh pumpkin
- optional: half-pound of ground turkey or sausage
- Heat your olive oil over medium-high heat and brown the onions and garlic. Cook until onions are tender.
- If you’re using the meat, brown meat in with onion / garlic mixture.
- Add in the broth, pumpkin puree, and cans of tomatoes (with the juice) and mix.
- Mix in the beans, and optional corn kernels and/or diced pumpkin squares.
- Season with spices listed.
- Bring chili to a boil, stirring occasionally. Lower the heat and simmer for about an hour to allow the flavors to mix. Consider adding a few sage leaves for the last 15 minutes and then removing.
We love fall! And what a gorgeous autumn we’ve been having. Stop in and say hello here at our beautiful Twin Cities kitchen remodel showroom and see what’s new! Our friendly designers here at The Cabinet Store are always happy to answer any questions you have, offer you a free kitchen design layout, or simply talk about the weather. Hope to see you soon!