Pumpkin Ole ~Joanna

This is the first of six posts from amazing bloggers who are taking my little bloggie hostage. Perhaps I can get some good loot while driving a bus load of Americans Down South. I hope that you enjoy the posts over the next couple of days.

I am SO excited that Joanna from Fitness & Spice is posting for me. She has such great ideas for everything. Also, she has put together this GIGANTIC e-book of blog posts and stories which you can purchase to help support Breast Cancer research.

She’s always been such a lovely and cheery support throughout my blog experience as well as on twitter. I wish I didn’t live in Australia sometimes. I told her that she should make her own pumpkin puree–why not? It’s easy and it’s natural. Have you ever had a pumpkin pie from scratch–you will die and never buy canned pumpkin again!

Here’s a GREAT recipe…I am going to eat my computer screen. ~M

Pumpkin Olé! ~Joanna, Fitness and Spice


I eat pumpkin all year round. I kid you not. I could eat pumpkin 365 days a year. Just ask my former co-workers who used to roll their eyes at me when I would make pumpkin soufflé in the office microwave for breakfast almost every morning. When I was telling Michelle I was having a hard time finding canned pumpkin puree earlier this month she insisted I could make my own. And guess what? She was right!

Ever since devouring my first batch of homemade pumpkin puree no gourd has been safe! In fact, this weekend, with a little help from Rachel Ray Magazine, I made an amazing recipe using acorn squash. I wanted to share this recipe with you today because I thought about Michelle the entire time I was preparing this dish. Without Michelle’s coaching I would have been busting open a can of puree instead of busting open a relative of my beloved pumpkin.

This soup also reminds me of another conversation I had with Michelle who mentioned she was having a hard time finding good Mexican food in Australia. I don’t think you’ll find a soup exactly like this on any Mexican menu, but I think Mexican restaurants around the globe might reconsider if they had a batch of…

Fitness & Spicy Chili con Chili

pumpkin chilli

  • 1 large acorn squash (about 2 pounds), cut into quarters and seeded
  • 3 dried red chilies
  • Boiling water
  • 1 t chili powder
  • 3 poblano chilies
  • 3 T extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • One 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 T chopped fresh oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (I use Chobani. Learn why I love it here!)

Preheat the broiler. Microwave the squash on medium-high power until fork-tender, about 10 minutes; let cool slightly. Scoop out the flesh and transfer to a food processor; discard the skin.

In a bowl, soak the red chilies in just enough boiling water to cover until softened, about 15 minutes; drain. Discard the stems and seeds. Add the red chiles and the chili powder to the food processor; puree.

Place the poblano chiles on a baking sheet, and broil, turning occasionally, until charred all over. Transfer to a bowl, cover and let sit until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes. Discard the stems and seeds, then chop.

In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the squash puree, poblanos, black beans, oregano, and 1 cup water. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Stir in the Greek yogurt.

I hope you’ll give this recipe a try. It just might squash your need to run to the border!

11 thoughts on “Pumpkin Ole ~Joanna

  1. Lance says:

    What an awesome guest writer you have here today!

    Hey Pumpkin Girl,
    Pumpkin every day of the year? Wow! I can drink coffee every day of the year, but I don’t think I’m there with pumpkin yet… Well, maybe if that was pumpkin pie…. It’s great to see you here today Joanna!! And awesome, as always!

    • Mish says:

      I love pumpkin. They eat it ALL the time in Australia. I have never eaten it so much in my life. Cube up w/ a bit of EVOO and S/P and roast for about 40 minutes at 400-425 degrees it carmalises itself. Can use butternut squash and sweet potatoes. ROasted sweet potaoes are heaven.

  2. Jennifer says:

    I love Mexican! This sounds so great. It should be on the menu’s in our Mexican restaurant saturated city!! Gotta call Carlos. Thanks for sharing. Adios!

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