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Pumpkin Bowl

by Meghann on November 2, 2010

Dinner was good tonight.

Like really really good.

It all started with a pumpkin..

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A pumpkin who was dying to be stuffed. πŸ˜‰

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The pumpkin was purchased with every intention of being stuffed in some way. I debated some sort of risotto or quiona, but then I remembered Emily’s Fall Farmer’s Market Feast. Her feast had caught my attention during the Foodbuzz Challenge and I knew her Black Bean Chili in a Pumpkin Bowl would be the perfect evening recipe.

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I didn’t follow her chili recipe exactly. I was out of black beans (so, I used black eyed peas) and I was out of squash ( I left it out completely). I also added cinnamon. <– try it next time you make chilli, you’ll like it. πŸ˜‰

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Roasting the pumpkin (then cooking the chili in it! πŸ™‚ ) was a fun challenge. I assumed this would be a time consuming, labor intensive meal, but it wasn’t. Not at all. Emily’s directions were easy to follow and easy to understand. I was done cooking and ready to eat at 7:00. A big win in my eyes.

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It was simple…

  • Cut the top off
  • De-Seed
  • Bake for 30 minutes
  • Fill with Chili
  • Bake 45 minutes more
  • Serve with a smile. πŸ™‚

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This would be the perfect meal for guests! Now I just need to have a dinner party to test it out on. Anyone interested?!? πŸ˜‰

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The best part was scraping the bowl with my spoon and getting bits of pumpkin in every bite. It was, in a word, amazing. πŸ™‚ Two thumbs way up!

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You can’t have chili without cornbread. πŸ™‚

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While I was making Emily’s Chili in a Pumpkin Bowl, I decided to make a batch of her Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins as well. The recipe was simple and the results were fluffy and spicy.

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Next time I would add just a touch of sugar though. They were missing a little sweetness. πŸ™‚

Demolished.

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Two homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups to end the night on a sweet note.

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This afternoon I tried a Raw-Way bar my friend Amanda had sent me the other week.

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So, small world. Amanda is friends with Heather (who started Raw-Way with a friend) and Heather’s sister randomly reads the blog. Hi Heather’s Sister! But Heather didn’t know that when she gave the bar to Amanda. See? Small world! or if just seems small to me. πŸ˜‰

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Anyways, the bar was a little scary looking, but was actually quite tasty. I think it had large chunks of walnut in it that gave it a cookie taste. There were also big, plump raisins that gave the bites a touch of sweetness. πŸ™‚

Time to relax in front of the tv.

Good Night

1 Heather @ Dietitian on the Run November 2, 2010 at 9:52 pm

You definitely CANNOT have chili without cornbread – I always add a little chili powder or green chiles to mine, spice it up πŸ˜‰ . Or, apparently, without pumpkin. Perfect themed dinner-party meal idea!
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2 Carolyn @ lovinlosing November 2, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Wow, that looks really filling. I’ve never had pumpkin straight up like that. I’m a scaredy cat. πŸ˜‰
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3 Hope November 2, 2010 at 9:54 pm

OMG chilli in a pumpkin bowl?! That sounds so good!
I recently started adding cinnamon to my chilli and boy does it taste good!
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4 Alyssa November 2, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Dude, that pumpkin bowl is SUCH a good idea! Like a bread bowl πŸ™‚

5 Amanda (Eating Up) November 2, 2010 at 9:58 pm

That bar looks like a perfect Halloween bar: green and black! Like a bar monster! πŸ™‚
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6 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad November 2, 2010 at 10:20 pm

shoulda tried the red curry quinoa… πŸ˜‰

Emily’s chili looks great though!

7 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday November 2, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Stuffed! Awesome idea πŸ˜€ I would have gone with the risotto, but maybe that’s because I just made pumpkin with spiced risotto. Here’s the recipe if you’re interested:
http://gamereviewwiki.com/bikinibirthday/2010/11/02/braised-pumpkin/
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8 hippierunner November 2, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Ooh, interesting looking bar!
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9 Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 2, 2010 at 10:52 pm

oh yummo! That is one impressive dinner!!!! And the best part – no bowls to wash up!
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10 Jenny November 2, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Well done on the pumpkin bowl! I think I’m going to brave that recipe for Thanksgiving…
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11 Elizabeth November 2, 2010 at 10:59 pm

I happen to have 2 little pumpkins acting as centerpieces for my table right now that now seem to be begging to be filled with chilli and eaten.

12 Kristy @ KristyRuns November 2, 2010 at 11:01 pm

Whoa! That chili in a pumpkin looks so gorgeous! I’m glad you’re still embracing pumpkin and haven’t moved on to gingerbread quite yet. πŸ˜‰ We still have a few more weeks after all…
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13 Jessica @ The Process of Healing November 2, 2010 at 11:08 pm

HOLY yum!!! and it looks SO impressive!
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14 Tab- Just Weighing In November 2, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Love it – what a great idea to fill the pumpkin with chili!
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15 Sarah for Real November 3, 2010 at 12:59 am

Oh that turned out so pretty! That does sound intimidating to me. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten just straight pumpkin actually… always in pie or puree form.
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16 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) November 3, 2010 at 1:44 am

I saw Emily’s post on this and was quite intimidated by it, but I’m happy to hear it wasn’t that difficult. I might have to give it a try!
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17 Brittney November 3, 2010 at 1:47 am

All of your pumpkin recipes look so yummy! It makes me wish I was a pumpkin fan!

18 Krystina November 3, 2010 at 7:14 am

I’m craving cornbread so bad!
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19 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 3, 2010 at 7:17 am

Your stuffed pumpkin is simply beautiful.

20 Hope November 3, 2010 at 8:02 am

I love the idea of eating chili out of a pumpkin. I’ve never made chili before and I seriously want to try making that. I love the look of the pumpkin being a bowl. So creative. πŸ™‚
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21 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun November 3, 2010 at 8:31 am

Yea, that bar looks scary. LOL Everything else though? Looks amazing.
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22 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather November 3, 2010 at 8:36 am

Pumpkin bowls are the cutest presentation. I love it!

The bar does look pretty scary but also tasty at the same time… I like green things πŸ™‚
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23 Amanda November 3, 2010 at 9:02 am

Your dinner looks delicious, and I’m glad you enjoyed the Raw-Way bar!

24 stepf @dailyspark November 3, 2010 at 9:08 am

Love this recipe. Emily rocks. πŸ™‚
The addition of cinnamon makes it more Cincinnati-style chili, which is even more appropriate.
See you Friday!

25 rebecca lustig November 3, 2010 at 9:52 am

i love meals in bowls, really brings out the flavors.. plus it’s environmentally friendly πŸ™‚

also, that bar is soo green! but i’m glad it was tasty!
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26 Kiran November 3, 2010 at 9:58 am

Delicious, simple recipe with a cute presentation. Bonus all round πŸ˜€
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27 Beth @ DiningAndDishing November 3, 2010 at 10:30 am

I made the best pumpkin bowl recipe the other day – baked pumpkin oatmeal: http://dininganddishing.com/2010/10/26/pumpkin-everything-2/
Since you are learning to love oatmeal, I’d highly recommend it for a weekend treat :).
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28 Lisa November 3, 2010 at 10:57 am

What a delicious idea. The chili looks so pretty when served in the pumpkin. You should try my pumpkin cornbread recipe with your chili. It’s excellent. By the way, I’m holding a CSN giveaway on my blog and you’re welcome to come by and enter. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2010/11/45-csn-giveaway.html
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29 Ali November 3, 2010 at 11:19 am

That meal looks so delicious!! Yum! πŸ™‚
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30 Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt November 3, 2010 at 11:36 am

I have two little pumpkins waiting to be used for bowls. I always love the look AND the taste. The thought of hot chili in a fun pumpkin bowl makes me want to be at home in my jammies so much!

31 Rebecca November 3, 2010 at 12:00 pm

This is the blog reading sister…glad you like the Raw Way Bar!

32 Meghann November 3, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Hi Rebecca!!! πŸ™‚

33 Lisa November 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Much healthier than a bread bowl….. πŸ˜‰

34 Clare @ Fitting It All In November 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm

I have little pumpkins sitting in my kitchen just waiting to be used…that might be perfect! As long as it isn’t time consuming, like you say!
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