Monday, October 25, 2010

Muffin Monday - Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins

Another pumpkin recipe this morning!  I made these to go with our Pumpkin Chili, and they were just perfect!  Sweet yet cornbready, I could easily eat these alone for breakfast as well.

1 1/4 c flour
3/4 c cornmeal
2/3 c light brown sugar
1 T baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 t nutmeg
1/2 t cinnamon
3/4 c pumpkin
3/4 c buttermilk
1/4 c butter, melted
2 eggs, room temperature
2 T honey
turbinado sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 350 and prepare muffin tins with cooking spray or muffin liners.  Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.  Combine wet ingredients in a second mixing bowl.  Combine wet and dry until just moistened and pour into prepared muffin tins.  Sprinkle sugar over the top and bake for 20-25 minutes (12-15 if using mini tins) or until edges have just begun to color.

The Motherload

If you don't have buttermilk, just add a tablespoon of lemon juice to every 1 cup of regular milk and let sit for 5 minutes.

*Edited 9/30/11 to add: I've linked up to CreateLive's pumpkin recipe linky!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pumpkin Chili

This was a delicious recipe that we really enjoyed on our Pumpkin Family Night.  I didn't think it tasted very pumpkin-y, but it's nice to know that it's there, imparting all of it's nutritious yumminess on our bodies.

1 c onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red or yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 lb ground meat (I used chicken)
1 (14.5oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (14.5oz) can black beans
1 1/2 c corn
2 c pumpkin puree
1-2 c chicken broth (to desired consistency)
2 t chili powder
1 t cumin
Salt & Pepper to taste
cheddar cheese, shredded

Saute onion, bell pepper and garlic in olive oil until tender.  Add meat and cook through.  Add the rest and simmer about 20 minutes or until tastes are melded.  Top with cheese and serve.

All Recipes via 2 Teaching Mommies

*Edited 10/28 to add: I've linked this up to Family Food Fridays at Get Healthy Cheap.  Check it out to see more healthy family recipes!

I've also linked up to Susieqtpies Scraps of Life's Halloween Linky Party.  Check her out for more fun Halloween recipes and ideas!

*Edited 9/30/11 to add: I've linked up to CreateLive's pumpkin recipe linky party!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Spicy Pumpkin Pinwheels

I love these!  They are so tasty and cute, I'm pretty sure these will become one of my staples for my annual Halloween party.

1 package jalapeno cheddar wraps
cream cheese
green chile dip
cilantro leaves
toothpicks cut in half

Mix cream cheese and green chile dip to desired consistency and taste.  I didn't really measure but it looked to be about a 2:1 dip to cream cheese ratio.  Spread on wraps, roll up, and slice.  Place a leaf of cilantro on top of each slice and secure with half a toothpick to create the stem.

Adapted from Little Family Fun

Green chile dip is probably a regional dip, but if you are looking for a similar taste you can try mixing canned green chile into sour cream.

*Edited 9/30/11 to add: I'm linking up to CreateLive's pumpkin recipe linky!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Muffin Monday - Pumpkin Apple Muffins

Have you ever had the kind of morning where there is just no time for breakfast at all?  Yeah, me too.  One of my new goals is to make a batch of muffins once a week to have on hand for the times where we need to eat breakfast or snacks on the run.  First up is a seasonal recipe that indulges my deep love for pumpkin!

1 1/3 c flour

2/3 c whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin spice
3 T applesauce
1/4 c honey
1 egg
1/2 c milk
1/2 c pumpkin puree
1 medium Apple, peeled and grated

Mix all dry ingredients together.  Mix wet ingredients together.  Then mix the dry ingredients with the wet and pour into greased muffin tins.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes if making mini muffins and 18-20 minutes for full size muffins.


*This is not a super sweet recipe.  Again, I wanted to be able to use it as a relatively healthy breakfast or snack.  If you want to sweeten it up a little bit, I would reccomend adding another 1/4c of sugar or some chocolate chips (like I did for the one above!).

*Edited 10/21 to add: I've linked this up to Family Food Fridays at Get Healthy Cheap.  Check it out to see more healthy family recipes!