Saturday, November 01, 2008

Jack O Lantern Stew

Halloween dinner has become a tradition in our house that we have Jack O Lantern Stew.  The kids love eating dinner out of a pumpkin, and it's packed with veggies so you can get some nutrition in them before they fill their little bodies with sugar!

Jack O Lantern Stew
1 9-12" pumpkin
1 lg onion, chopped
1 green pepper, diced (I used a yellow one for more color!)
1 red pepper, diced
4 carrots, sliced
3 celery, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb ground lean beef
1 lb ground chicken or turkey (I just used 2 lbs ground elk)
2 C cooked rice
1 lg can diced tomatoes
1 lg can tomato soup

Etch the face you want your Jack O Lantern to have in the pumpkin, rub the pumpkin with oil and put in pre heated (350) oven for 30 min.
In the mean time, chop and then sautee all you veggies.

Just look at those pretty colors!
Remove veggies once they've softened.  Then add you meat and brown it.  Season all you want with S&P (we heart salt!)  
Add veggies back to pan, then add the tomatoes, rice and soup.  At this point I also chopped a zucchini and threw it in.  Bring to boil.  
Pour soup into pumpkin and return to the oven for 20 min.  

Then we had fun trick or treating, came home, stayed up late eating candy and watching movies, then crashed!
We love Halloween in our house!


Andrew & Tara said...

Awe, I was thinking of your soup yesterday. The kids look awesome. And Tom S. looks freakin awesome!! I cant believe how much he looks like him in those pics. I'm feeling a little home sick :(

Emily said...

What a great idea! :) Thanks!

Rushele said...

That soup sound really good! And what a fun tradition!!!
O.k., I have to say that The Selleck is awesome!!! It is totally worth the prono stache for him to dress like that...shorts and all!!
In the past when Scott has had his mustache some of his friends have labeled it "the Selleck". Too funny!!
You all looked really cute! Especially Gwen this morning!

Bingham family said...

Thanks for sharing your recipe! I think I will make it... a little late is better than never!

Tawnya said...

NICE!! Way to get your family into the spirit.

Jenny and Wyatt Dannels said...

You are way too nice. You don't have to bring us dinner...Thanks so much for caring! I am starting to feel much better.

Photography By Jo said...

Mmm... THat stew looks good. I'm definitely going to have to try that next year.