Like every body else in the world- I love PUMPKIN. In fact, my most favorite place in the world is PUMPKINVILLE! In addition to pumpkin-flavored baked goods that are so abundant this time of the year, I also love recipes using actual pumpkin. Last year I made THIS recipe for pumpkin black bean bake (without the beef), from better Homes and Gardens* ... and it was great. However, I vowed never to touch an actual pumpkin again after making pumpkin puree. It was a total pain in the butt and tasted almost identical to the canned variety. My mother sent me THIS recipe - and it looked like a winner. So I actually peeled and seeded a pumpkin.
I just made and devoured this, and it was great. Perfectly spiced and easy to throw together!
1 pound pie pumpkin peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
3 medium carrots, sliced 1/2 inch thick
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup red lentils
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
1 Tbsp lime juice
1 Tsp ground cumin
1/4 Tsp Na++
1/4 Tsp ground turmeric
1/4 Tsp ground black pepper
4 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Throw everything but the cilantro into a slow cooker. Cook for 7-8 hours on low, or 4-5 hours on high.
Garnish with cilantro. Serve over Israeli couscous (I throw a dried ancho chile in mine for a kick of flavor).
The finished product. Yum. Verdict? Make it.
*The actual magazine that taught me to cook back in 6th grade - high school. It worked!