Trick or Treat
Treat – The power of the Pumpkin
I am sure lots of you will be carving out pumpkins for Halloween! Please do share with me your creations, I would love to see them!
Have you ever wondered what you could do with all the orangey flesh of the pumpkin that you have left over? Carry on reading to find out my top 3 pumpkin recipes and why we should be eating them this Autumn!
Benefits of pumpkin
• Low in calories – 250g of pumpkin has less than 50 calories, so great if you are on a diet
• High in Vitamin A – 250g of pumpkin has 245% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin A, this is great for your eyesight, improves your skin and boosts your immune system
• Antioxidants – Pumpkins contain beta carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin and many other antioxidants which can protect your cells against free radicals and help prevent disease
• High in fibre – Foods high in fibre are good for your heart health and can also help improve digestion
Pumpkins are highly versatile, because of their sweet flavour they are great in sweet recipes as well as savoury! You can even eat the seeds!
1. Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to a pan and sauté 1 onion and 2 cloves are garlic.
2. Add in 1 teaspoon of curry powder, some chilli powder and ½ a teaspoon of cumin
3. Add 1 can of coconut milk, all of your pumpkin flesh and 350ml of vegetable stock.
4. Bring to the boil and then simmer until the pumpkin is soft.
5. Blend and add salt and pepper to taste
1. In a bowl, toss your pumpkin seeds with coconut oil, hot sauce and any spices, I like to use cayenne pepper, paprika and turmeric.
2. Bake the seeds in the oven for 50 minutes at 250 degrees until they are lightly browned
Trick – Vegan sweets
If you need to stock up on vegan sweets for the trick or treaters, here is a reminder of accidently vegan goodies:
Candy kittens (some)