On October 31st, I hope…
You made your favorite people a sugary treat.
You did something spooky. It could have been watching a scary movie…or Hocus Pocus. That Bette Midler is pretty dang spooky.
You carved a pumpkin.
You wore an awesome costume.
You drank something called “witches brew.”
You saw trick-or-treaters.
You ate your favorite candy.
You didn’t wear a sexy officer/Disney character/zombie/animal costume. Dressing as a sexy cat is not cool anymore, guys. It’s just not.
You brushed your teeth.
In honor of the day after Halloween, I’ve got another savory pumpkin dish for you. I included lots of greens (to make up for the candy) and some sweet chili sauce too (just in case you’re having sugar withdrawals.) I have a weakness for Asian sweet chili sauce, especially with foods like pumpkin and sweet potato. I try to seek out organic brands that don’t use sketchy-sounding ingredients.
It only takes a little chopping and some pre-roasting (of the pumpkin) to get this show on the road. The beauty of a stir fry is that once you’ve got your ingredients ready to go, the cooking part takes less than 10 minutes.
Boom. You’ve got a hot and satisfying meal ready to go.
SNOW PEA & PUMPKIN STIR FRY
- olive oil
- 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped or minced
- 1 small red chili, seeds removed or 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
- 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, minced
- 1 cup trimmed snow peas, cut in half
- 1/2 cup asparagus, chopped into
- 1-inch pieces1 cup mushrooms, sliced (I used white button mushrooms)
- 1 1/2 cups roasted pumpkin, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1-2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
To roast pumpkin (can be done ahead): Heat oven to 400 F/205 C and cut pumpkin into 1-inch chunks. Place pumpkin on an oiled baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 30-40 minutes in the oven, until golden, completely cooked through and soft.
Heat a tablespoon or two of oil in a large pan or wok over a medium-high heat. Add garlic, chili and ginger and cook for about 1 minute, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and not yet browning.
Add the mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes, stirring. Toss in the asparagus and cook for a minute, then add the snow peas and cook for a minute longer.
Add your cooked pumpkin, soy sauce and sweet chili sauce and cook, stirring, for another minute or two until the pumpkin is heated through and the green vegetables are slightly tender but still have a little crunch.
Serve hot with rice or on its own.