When I was writing more posts regular, I tried several several times to get my posts to automatically be updated to my twitter account. No matter how many times I authorized/de-authorized twitter it never worked. Then today magically my posts started appearing in twitter. How weird!? I will never understand, but I thought it was a sign that maybe I should post something. I have a couple of new delicious recipes that I need to take pictures of with winter squash. In the interim, I thought I’d share an article I wrote for 5 a Day CSA about Pumpkin.
Pumpkin is a vegetable that is packed with nutrients. Remember pumpkin does not come from a can or only in the form of pumpkin pie! Pumpkin is a great ingredient for savory dishes as well.
Nutrition Facts for 1 cup raw pumpkin
Benefits of Vitamin A
Beta Carotene is converted into Vitamin A in the body. Beta-Carotene is needed for eye vision and health, maintain a strong immune system, and healthy skin and mucous membranes. Beta-Carotene is also an antioxidant. Anti-Oxidants improve our health by protecting the body from free radicals, which damage the body’s molecules and cells. Without anti-oxidants our body will continue to become damaged by the destruction of free radicals and lead to illnesses and chronic diseases.
Pumpkin is easier to prepare than it looks! To make an easy homemade puree, simple cut the pumpkin in half, scoop out the strings and seeds (don’t forget to save the seeds), brush the orange flesh with olive oil and roast for 45 minutes in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the pumpkin is soft and cool, simple take a spoon and scoop out the flesh. The flesh can be used right away or saved in an airtight container for one week. The flesh also freezes very well so you can have local pumpkin during the summer months!
If you want cubed pumpkin, cut off the top and bottom of the pumpkin, carve the skin and dice it into small or large cubes. The cubed pumpkin can also be stored in an airtight container for a week or can be frozen to use for months later.
To make delicious pumpkin seeds, simply roast them with any type of seasoning (sea salt, cinnamon, cayenne paper, garlic powder, etc) and bake for 15 minutes in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Top if off on your morning yogurt or cereal for extra protein and fiber!
Ideas for using Pumpkin
- Add cubed pumpkin to any soup mixture
- Roast cubed pumpkin with olive oil, cinnamon, nutmeg and a dash of salt for a side dish.
- Add pureed pumpkin in batters such as pancakes, breads and muffins
- Mix pureed pumpkin with pain Greek yogurt and top off with pumpkin seeds
- Add a scoop of pureed pumpkin to your doggies dinner for extra vitamins
I have one pumpkin sitting on my counter, but I am not sure how I am going to use it. I think I may want to make a pie, since the pumpkin pie I made at Thanksgiving, was not up to my liking. For dinner tonight I’m making Pizza (big surprise), but I’ll be using some of the Kalesto that I made topped with broccoli.
I also want to share some doggie pictures with you all.