Well on election day this is perhaps not the best timing for me to have chosen: Sorry in advance. But then again, Halloween does not come every day, and neither does the opportunity to have a healthful and tasty five or six dinners costing about $5 for all of them combined!
Sound too good to be true? Hardly. Those pumpkins left over at the store just may be, literally, a golden opportunity knocking on the door. In fact, they may even be on clearance sale: Even cheaper than $3.50 apiece? Oh my god. (Your jack-o-lanterns, presumably, are either molded through or else thrown out anyway).
If people say that the sugar pumpkins are the only good ones to eat, in my opinion they are wrong. Larger (not giant-sized) and medium-sized pumpkins can (in my practical experience) be good food for any of the below, and this is only a partial list:
Curries with apples and onions
Baked with beer and cheese
Baked with honey, cinnamon, ginger and cloves
Soup made with a roux of chicken stock/flour and added chicken broth plus a dash of curry and, of course, the steamed/diced pumpkin
Seeds can be toasted and salted, or used to propagate new pumpkins: Hand them out as seeds of hope to your neighbors!
Pass a pumpkin or two or three on to your local soup kitchen tagged with a card, bearing a message of hope and plenty!
The list goes on and on: Use your imagination!
I don't believe we should live life in fear but I do believe in being prepared. Anybody who has been worried about starvation under the falling economy may be exaggerating the possibilities in their head, or so let's hope. But if that does remain a fear, here is a way we can cover our bases. "Act, don't react to situations" is some very good advice I heard long ago. Wherever there is worry or concern, take action. Here is just one thought about a very good solution!
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