I know, I know, combining pumpkin, pork, and peanuts in a low carb dinner recipe sounds like crazy talk, but I promise you I haven’t gone off my rocker! (much.) You guys are just going to have to trust me on this one!
Mr. Hungry was skeptical too, but he loved this dish – maybe even more than I did!
It all started when I was trying to come up with some fresh ideas for using pumpkin in savory low carb soup recipes a couple of weeks ago.
In Latin American cuisine, they sometimes combine pumpkin with beef, and that’s what got me thinking along these lines – though I decided to go with pork for this recipe.
I wanted it to be easy, so making this a slow cooker recipe was a no brainer. I also needed some bold flavors to complement the pumpkin, and I’ve already done the Pumpkin Chipotle Soup, and the Pumpkin Cardamom Soup in the Fall Ezine, so I wanted something new.
I’m not exactly sure when the idea of mixing some peanut butter into it hit me, but once it did I couldn’t get it out of my mind. After I got over the weirdness of it, I suspected that with the right flavors added (ginger, habanero, allspice, etc.), I could achieve a peanut satay sauce kind of feel, but with a pumpkin twist.
Imagine my excitement when: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. *she typed modestly*
Seriously though, the resulting ambrosia has a curry-like quality that is somehow spicy, creamy, salty, and sweet all at the same time – and with subtle nutty overtones. The fresh cilantro and chopped peanut garnish on top makes it so vibrant, and adds a beautiful texture as well.
You can eat this on it’s own, but I really, really loved it served over some finely chopped and lightly cooked cauliflower to add some body to it. Even Mr. Hungry, who hates cauliflower and isn’t a fan of leftovers either, ate this for lunch a couple of days in a row!
It’s really THAT good! Promise!
For you allergy sufferers, this is both dairy and egg free! If you have a peanut allergy, you could substitute almond butter and chopped almonds for the peanut butter and chopped peanuts. I think the flavor difference from that substitution would be very subtle, and still super delicious.
Are you brave enough to try it? I hope so! Be sure to report back and let us know what you think if you do!Print
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