Five Recipe Suggestions for Pumpkins
Our five recipe suggestions for pumpkins will help you make the most of these beautiful orange vegetables. October is without a doubt pumpkin season so try not to waste this wonderful opportunity to boost your health. Pumpkin is extremely rich in beta carotene and other health-boosting antioxidants that can help prevent oxidative stress in your body – the cause of accelerated ageing and chronic disease.
Beta carotene is also converted into vitamin A which can help strengthen your immune system and support you in the fight against bacteria and viruses. It contains important vitamins such as vitamin E and folate which are vital for your immune functioning too. Both vitamin A and E are important for eye health and linked to a decreased risk of age related macular degeneration.
Because they are rich in fibre we love pumpkins on The In-Sync Diet. Fibre can help with your weight loss goals by keeping you fuller for longer. It will also feed your good bacteria that also protect you from the winter bugs. Get the most from your pumpkins this month with our suggestions below.
Top five recipe suggestions for pumpkins
- Stocks and soups
Autumn is a time to turn to stocks and stews and pumpkin is a great addition offering plenty of fibre to support your beneficial bacteria. Cut open your pumpkin and scoop out the flesh and seeds. Take out the seeds and keep the flesh to add to a stock or soup you are making. The beauty of it is that it cooks very quickly and can add a delicious sweetness to your recipe.
- Pumpkin puree
Cut open your pumpkin and scoop out the seeds. Place your pumpkin face down in a baking dish with a cup of water and bake for an hour and a half or until the flesh is soft. Scoop out the flesh and puree in a food processor – you may need to add a little water. You can now freeze it and add to any recipes such as (gluten-free) pancakes and (dairy-free lattes).
- Dairy-free pumpkin latte
Use your pumpkin puree to add to a dairy free latte. Simply blend it with some coconut milk and vanilla essence and espresso coffee and enjoy. It is best to have it at the end of a meal if you are on The In Sync Diet online plan.
- Roasted pumpkin
Place some peeled slices of pumpkin on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, chopped garlic and fresh thyme and cook in the oven for 20 mins or until soft.
- Pumpkin curry with prawns and coconut milk
Cut the top off your pumpkin, scoop out the seeds and wrap the pumpkin in foil and bake for an hour until soft and tender. Scoop out some of the flesh. Then fry some onions, garlic, tomatoes and prawns in a pan with some turmeric, curry leaves, mustard seeds and fresh ginger. Then add coconut milk and fresh coriander at the end. Season with sea salt and pepper.