Yes, I ate my carved pumpkin! In my defense, we had carved it just the night before Halloween, kept it indoors on my kitchen counter and only took it out on Halloween night while we were giving out play dough to the trick-or-treaters, so I felt comfortable making this Jack-O-Lantern chicken stew, since there was no chance that rodents, mold, bugs or birds got to it.
I simply hate throwing away food, not only to be frugal but to pay respect to all the living things we eat. I try to consume all edible parts of animals and plants, including, organ meats, eggshells, peels, and some seeds; I make broths out of bones and reserve all animal fats for cooking. This is probably the reason why I don’t have a compost bin. I am a compost bin… not to be confused with a garbage disposal, because there is absolutely no garbage in my fridge. It seems to me that we often throw away some of the most nutritious parts of animals and plants.
My husband makes fun of this quirk; he blames it on me going though famine while growing up in a third world country. Luckily I had never gone hungry in my life, but this habit of mine probably started when I was a very picky eating child and my grandma would tell me stories about all the poor kids dying of hunger. Parents watch your words closely because what you say to your kids really shapes them… Unless of course you have a 3 year old named Lilah, then everything you say goes in one ear and out the other or it is just an opportunity to start a battle.
2 lbs of pumpkin cut into large cubes (it is easier to peel once it’s cooked, but I of course ate it with the peel).
1 lb of boneless chicken
3 strips of nitrate-free bacon (cut into 4)
1 onion, sliced
3-4 garlic cloves (minced)
¼ cup of fresh chopped sage, finely chopped
2 tsp of dry thyme
salt and pepper to taste
1-2 tbsp of coconut oil or cooking fat of preference (optional)
Optional step: In a large saucepan brown the onions, sage and chicken with the oil, over high heat.
Place all ingredients inside a slow cooker (Crockpot) and cook for 4 hours on high heat or 7 hours on low.