Baked Pumpkin Stew and a MoFo Camping Wrap-Up

It’s nice to be back home in my kitchen.  Don’t get my wrong…I had a great weekend, but I usually spend most of my Sunday’s cooking, so I was happy to be home.

Today’s dinner is a Mexican flavored baked pumpkin stew.  I first made this recipe 3 years ago, when it was in the October edition of Vegetarian Times.  I’ve made it a handful of times over the years, and have been thinking about it now that the weather has turned.

I typically use a buttercup squash and always skip the cheese.  I suppose I could use Daiya, but when I first started making this, Daiya wasn’t on the market, so I’ve always made it cheese-less and I don’t feel it’s lacking because of it.

my buttercup squash
stir frying veggies and spices
ready for the oven!
ready to scoop out and eat!

I’ve successfully made this in a crock pot too for potlucks.  Just put about 1/4 cup of water in bottom before cooking, and cook on low for 8 hours.

For the Poblano-Cucumber Salsa (trust me..don’t skip this part…it makes the meal), I roasted my peppers in my toaster over on the broil setting.  I turned them a few times, and within 7-10 minutes, I had nicely blackened and blistered peppers!

toaster oven poblanos
finished salsa. I'll be eating this on everything all week!

Served with a loaf of fresh bread right out of the bread machine and a grilled Portobello, we had a great Sunday dinner!

a simple bread...nothing fancy tonight
bread with some Earth Balance Coconut spread, grilled balsamic mushroom, and pumpkin stew. I'm stuffed!

Camping Wrap-Up

We had a great time this weekend.  Aside from my husband hurting his back very badly (just by sleeping there), it was wonderful.  Here are some pictures of our fun!

our rustic cabin in the woods
playing cribbage with D. Yep...I beat him.
Sammie snuggling up on M at bedtime
playing Boochie Ball with the kids
playing Yahtzee with R. Yep, she beat me.
family hike/geocaching adventure
my honey grilling!

Yeah….it’s been a great weekend 🙂

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

4 thoughts on “Baked Pumpkin Stew and a MoFo Camping Wrap-Up

    1. This recipe was the first time I had ever had them. They have such a neat flavor. And thanks – we had fun. I was nervous about my ability to enjoy the great outdoors for that long…though being in a cabin was cheating a bit I suppose!

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