Pumpkin is a herbaceous plant that belongs to the cucurbitaceae family. It’s a low-calorie, low-fat food that also contains a helpful amount of fiber. Among its minerals, it’s notable for its potassium and low-sodium content. The most significant vitamin is vitamin C, and secondly, thiamine (B1).
In addition, it’s worth noting its carotenoid content which gets transformed into vitamin A in our bodies, and is also responsible for many other positive benefits as an antioxidant and immune-system enhancer. Want some tantalizing idea excuses to pull all this pumpkin benevolence into your life? Then follow on for these 5, Perfect Pumpkin Recipes to Enjoy Over the Cold Winter!
1. Pumpkin Soup with Quinoa
This is a fast, light one!
First, fry the vegetables (pumpkin, onion, leek, parsnip, garlic, carrots and celery).
When they are well-browned, add turmeric and ginger powder. Subsequently, add vegetable broth and bring it to a boil for 10 minutes.
Then wash and add quinoa, and cover and boil for 5 minutes. You can also add egg and nori seaweed and stir to mix everything well. Mmm…tastes divine!
2. Stuffed Pumpkin
Another super-simple dish!
Wash, dry, cut in half and clean the pumpkin. Once that’s done, make small cuts in the pulp and add a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Then put it in the oven for 45 minutes at 220ºC. Meanwhile, wash and chop some julienned spinach, onion and mushrooms.
Lightly cook the onion, then add the mushrooms, the spinach, then sauté everything.
When the pumpkin is ready, remove the pulp and mix it with the rest of the veggies to form the filling. To finish, toast some seeds and add them to the rest of the filling. Now fill your main centrepiece with all the stuffing, call your family and get stuck in!
3. Pumpkin Pie
This sumptuous recipe can also be simply made.
First, boil and then mash some potatoes and large, cut pieces of pumpkin.
Then, in a bowl add and mix tofu (or seitan), egg, mashed potato, breadcrumbs, and salt and pepper. Once done, put the mixture with the tofu on baking paper, forming a rectangle on top of the pumpkin puree and finally cover with slices of cheese.
Roll it up and let it sit in the fridge for 2 hours, then bake at 180ºC for 40 minutes – voila!
4. Pumpkin Cream with Parmesan Cheese
A light and tasty dish!
First, fry small pieces of leek with butter. Then add diced pumpkin cubes, cover it and let it cook for 6-7 minutes, stirring periodically. Later, we add vegetable broth, and simmer for 20 minutes.
Next, add milk and a little Parmesan cheese and continue stirring for 10 minutes. Finally, buzz everything through a mixer, serve on a plate and sprinkle with a little extra Parmesan cheese (if you’re a fan!).
5. Baked Pumpkin Sticks with Spices & Soy
First, preheat the oven to 200ºC, meanwhile, cutting the pumpkin into sticks. In a small bowl pour a few tablespoons of soy sauce with olive oil and mix well.
Then put the sticks in the oven, pour in the sauce and season with sweet paprika, oregano, rosemary and garlic powder to taste.
Bake for about 30 minutes and when it’s ready simply enjoy this rich-flavor recipe!
So, as you can see, pumpkin is a highly-versatile food that is so easy to combine with existing meal recipes. What is your favorite, homely, recipe from the list above that you’re going to treat yourself to this winter? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to join in the conversation on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram!