Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pumpkin Chili

Submitted by J.C.

1.5 pounds ground chuck
1 – 15 oz can dark red kidney beans
1 – 15 oz can light red kidney beans
2 – 14 oz cans pumpkin puree
2 – 28 oz cans crushed or diced tomatoes
4 cups beef broth
1 large onion, diced
1 large green pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
3 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder, or more to suite your tastes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons dried cilantro
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1. Add ground beef, salt and pepper to a large soup pot. Brown meat. Add diced onion, diced green pepper and garlic. Cook until translucent.

2. Add dark and light red beans, pumpkin puree, tomatoes, beef broth, cumin, chili powder, dried cilantro and dried oregano. Stir well. Bring soup to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Adjust seasonings to taste. Simmer far at least 1 hour, stirring from the bottom every 10 – 15 minutes.

Crock Pot Method
1. Add ground beef, salt and pepper to a large soup pot. Brown meat. Add diced onion, diced green pepper and garlic. Cook until translucent.

2. Add ground beef and vegetables to crock-pot. Then add dark and light red beans, pumpkin puree, tomatoes, beef broth, cumin, chili powder, dried cilantro and dried oregano. Stir well. Turn to low for 6 - 8 hours, or high for 4 hours.

Serves 8.

Allergy Friendly Pumpkin Bread

Submitted by J.C.

Yield: 2 Loaves

-2/3 cup dairy-free shortening (Crisco, Earth Balance, or Spectrum Organic)
-2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
-4 Tbsp water
-1 (15-ounce) can pureed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
-1/4 cup orange juice
-3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
-2 tsp baking soda
-1 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp ground cinnamon
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two 8-inch loaf pans with dairy-free baking spray. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together shortening and sugar. Add the water, pumpkin, and orange juice, and mix well. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg with a wire whisk. Add this dry mixture to the shortening mixture, and combine thoroughy. Pour into the prepared loaf pans, and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until an inserted cake tester comes out clean. Cool completely before serving.

Freesing Tip: to freeze bread for later, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil. Label with name and date, and freeze for up to 2 months.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

-1 cup shortening
-2 cups white sugar
-2 eggs
-2 tsp vanilla
-1 15 oz can pumpkin
-4 cups flour
-1 1/2 tsp baking soda
-1 1/2 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp salt
-1 tsp ground cinnamon
-1 pinch ground nutmeg
-1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees - grease cookie sheets
In large bowl, cream together shortening and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs. Stir in vanilla and pumpkin until well blended. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir into the pumpkin mixture. Mix in chocolate chips. Drop spoonfuls onto cookie dough and bake 12-15 minutes.

Pumpkin Muffins

-1 box yellow cake mix
-1 15/16 ounce can of pumpkin
-1 tsp ground cinnamon
-1/2 tsp ground cloves
-1/4 tsp ground cloves

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all inhredients until creamy.
Spoon into muffin cups/tray.
Bake about 22 minutes. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Dip

Submitted by S.A.

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 (15 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon frozen orange juice concentrate


  1. In a medium bowl, blend cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Gradually mix in the pumpkin. Stir in the cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and orange juice until smooth and well blended. Chill until serving.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese

Submitted by S.A. 

- 8oz low fat cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup canned pure pumpkin
- 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- dash of salt

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until smooth and creamy.

Chicken Alfredo Pizza

Submitted by S.A.

1 package pizza crust (I like Trader Joe's pizza dough)
1/2 cup Alfredo sauce (from can or homemade recipe)
2 cups cooked chopped chicken
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
1-2 cups mozzarella and Parmesan cheese 

-preheat oven to 450
-roll out dough on lightly floured surface, place on pizza pan (preferable) or cookie sheet
-spread sauce
-top with chicken, tomatoes, bell pepper
-spread cheese over top
-bake for 20-25 min (or as written on what pizza crust/dough package) 

* We add crushed red pepper to the "Adult half" of the pizza before baking, So Good!
* recommended side a light/ simple salad

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Submitted by J.C.

3 pkg.s (8oz.) cream cheese softened
1 c sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 3/4 c pumpkin puree
2/3 c evaporated milk
2 tbsp. Cornstarch
1 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamin
1/2 tsp. Ground Nutmeg

1 c (8oz.) sour cream, at room temp.
1/2 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp. sugar
Beat  cream cheese and sugars in a large mising bowl until fluffy. Beat in pumkin, eggs and evaporated milk. Add cornstarch, cinnamopn, and nutmeg;beat well. Pour into a prepared graham cracker, or cookie crust. Bake at 350 degrees edge is set but center still moves slightly, about 55 to 60 minutes it takes. Let cool completely, then you can frost with topping, or you can add the whip cream or cool whip to each piece when you eat it!!

Easy Cherry-Almond Coffe Cake

Submitted by J.C.
1 can (1s 2.4 oz.) Pillsbury refrigerated cinnamin roll's w/icing
1 cup cherry pie filling (from 21`oz. can) or any filling you like!
1 tbls. slivered almonds 

1. Heat oven to 375, Spray 8inch pie pan w/cooking spray, or use throw-away foil pan, still spray
    Cut each roll into 4 pieces, place rounded side down in pan. Spoon pie filling over dough. Sprinkle with almonds.
2. Bake 25 to 35 minutes or until deep glolden brown, time will vary, make sure middle is done. Place heatproof plate upside down over coffee cake, turn over onto another plate to serve or keep in orig. pan.
3. Remove cover from icing, microwave on high 3 to 5 seconds, or use as is, and drizzle over cake. Cut into wedges, and serve warm.

Southwest Oven Fried Chicken

Submitted by T.H.

3-4              chicken breasts, skinless &boneless  
1/4 cup        low fat mayonnaise  
2 tsp            freshlime juice  
1 tsp            chili powder 
1/2 tsp         salt
1/4 tsp         pepper 
1 cup           Panko breadcrumbs  
¼ cup         fresh cilantro     

In a large bowl mix mayo, lime juice, chili powder, salt, andpepper
Mix well and dip each chicken breast into themixture
Combine bread crumbs and cilantro in shallow dish
Coat each chicken breast in bread crumb mixture 

Cooking Directions:
Thaw chicken & preheat oven to 425°
Bake uncovered for 25 minutes or until chickenjuices run clear and the internal temperature reaches 170° 
Serve with Spanish Rice and Beans