Squash Chili


1 winter squash, about 2 pounds
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 pound mushrooms, quartered or cut in 1/2″ pieces
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon mild chili powder
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon oregano
pinch cayenne, to taste
2 cups bouillon
1 red bell pepper, cut in 1/2″ pieces
1 can small red or pink beans, drained
2 cups frozen baby lima beans
2 cups frozen corn
2 tablespoons cider vinegar, or to taste
freshly ground black pepper
Cooked barley or other whole grains of your choice

Pierce the squash with a knife in 2 or 3 places. Set in a microwave dish and microwave on high for 3 minutes. When cool enough to handle, cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Return to the microwave and cook about 8 minutes more, or until you can easily remove the flesh from the skin.

Meanwhile, bring the onion, mushrooms, garlic, spices and bouillon to a boil in a large pot. Reduce the heat and simmer 5-10 minutes or until the onion is softened. Add the squash flesh, cut in chunks, along with the red pepper, pink beans and lima beans. Return to boiling, reduce the heat and simmer 5-10 minutes more, or until the lima beans are cooked. Stir in the corn and vinegar and adjust the seasonings. Serve over cooked whole grains.

6-8 servings.