If that makes me basic, so be it. I love fall for the…. food! When I first started my clean eating journey, I was devastated during this time of the year. No more pumpkin loaves from Starbucks? No more PSLs? How could it be?!
To be honest with you, I don’t really miss those things that much anymore. And I know that they are right at my finger tips, should I choose to use my treats that I allow myself. However, Froyo is my absolute best friend, and there’s a killer pumpkin pie flavor out right now – when you mix it with the cinnamon roll flavor, oh yum.
But there’s no rule that says I can’t eat clean pumpkin foods every day! Pumpkin is GOOD FOR YOU! I mean the real pumpkin, not pumpkin flavored syrups or concoctions created in a lab somewhere. I mean the actual takes-Cinderella-to-the-ball type of pumpkin. Trader Joes and Kroger both have organic pumpkin for incredibly reasonable prices, so I stock up this time of the year and go to the kitchen to create!
Yesterday’s dinner was a little…ugly. It tasted amazing, and after I took some time to put it all together, you would have never known that what I started with was the same thing. I was a little nervous about the hubby’s response, but he didn’t blink an eye.
He has been traveling for work, and he said, and I quote, “I am always so excited that I get to eat whatever I want when you’re not there, but then I always miss your cooking by the second day.” Music to my ears.. except for the first part about him being excited when I’m not there.
On to the pumpkin creation – this one is crockpot style, but it can probably be made stovetop as well. I’m just… lazy, for lack of better words.
- 1 can of pumpkin (organic is best!)
- 1 pound of chicken breast or tenderloins
- 1 bell pepper, color of choice, diced into small pieces
- 1/2 white onion, diced into small pieces
- Ezekiel tortillas (or other tortilla of choice) or lettuce cups for a grain free option
- Crumbled feta cheese
In a crockpot, combine pumpkin, chicken, pepper, and onion. Mix well, and add just enough water or low sodium chicken stock so that the bottom of the crockpot is covered. Cook on low for 5 hours, mixing every so often if possible.
Once cooking time is complete, shred the chicken with 2 forks and mix again, until chicken is evenly distributed throughout pumpkin mixture.
Warm tortillas in the microwave or oven, and spoon mixture into each tortilla. If using lettuce cups, wash lettuce and spoon in. Sprinkle a tiny bit of feta cheese on each taco. You can also add fresh jalapeños to heat it up a little bit!