Since Halloween was celebrated recently, the images of beautifully carved huge pumpkins will be still fresh in our minds. It grows on creepers and comes in various colors, shapes and sizes. It is an ideal health food because it is packed with nutrients and has less calories. It is rich in nutrients like Vitamin A, Vitamin E, carotene, dietary fiber and plenty of anti-oxidants. Pumpkin seeds are rich in proteins and various minerals. Pumpkin is very versatile and can be used in variety of dishes, so many that we have categorized them today. They can be used in a number of dessert recipes which sounds exciting because there is suddenly a healthier options to those more “sinful” desserts. Although pumpkins are available all through the year, they are abundant during fall and you can try out these interesting recipes for radiant health.
A Mediterranean inspired dish, it has pumpkin wedges roasted along with honey. The salad has an overall sweet taste which is balanced with the spinach leaves and the sour lemon juice from the dressing. Roasted sesame seeds give nutty flavor which is further enhanced by pine nuts. The dish has good amount of protein due to the use of nuts. Besides the roasting of the pumpkin, this dish can be prepared in a short period of time and is very healthy as well.
A simple but very tasty salad where the pumpkin is roasted along with the dressing to give it extra flavor. It is very healthy as it is teamed with fennel fronds, peach and lettuce. Toasted almonds give the essential crunch to the salad and the lettuce adds crispiness. The roasted pumpkin has a sweet earthy taste and the peaches have a sweet, slightly sour and tangy flavor. It makes for a very wholesome salad.
The roast pumpkin salad does not require too much prep and can be done with little effort. The roasting gives the pumpkin a nice earthy flavor and enhances its sweetness. This is balanced by using the fetta and acidity from balsamic vinegar used in the dressing. The roasted pine nuts add the protein to the dish as well as the crunchiness. This goes perfectly with the soft roasted pumpkin cubes. Freshly shredded mint leaves give the freshness that is so essential of a salad. Just pour the previously prepared dressing, just before presenting the salad.
This Pumpkin recipe is a take on the classic egg nog recipe, which you should definitely give a try. It is very healthy because it makes use of vanilla soy milk and sugar free chocolate pudding mix, which makes it thick. The pumpkin gives it another level of sweetness and thickness. It is a no-cook recipe and there is no worry of having raw egg either. You will want to have this nog instead of the traditional one.
Another take on the Pumpkin Latte with the twist of Pumpkin and Chai tea flavoring. It has lots of spices and this one is for all the tea lovers. A drink to be had during fall, you can adjust the amount of pumpkin puree in it depending on how much you like it. It is a refreshing beverage with nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice. Depending on how you like your chai tea, you can use whole milk or simply use whipped topping.
It is surprising to find pumpkin in recipes of drinks or beverages, but they are pretty good to taste. Starbucks has this Latte on their menu, and this is the home-made, much healthier and low caloric version of it. The recipe calls for Almond milk and pumpkin puree as the main ingredients along with coffee of course. It is also quite cheap when made at home and you will definitely be away from the sugar syrup found in commercially available latte.
Savory Pumpkin Recipes
Using smoked paprika in this dish gives it a unique flavor and is nothing short of delicious. Prepared in vegetable broth with the option of replacing it with beer it will give result of different taste. A hearty pumpkin chili dish which will warm your body and soul. The pumpkin puree gives it a nice thick texture and makes it very heart. If you are unable to find smoked paprika, just add smoke flavor powder and you are good to go.
Pumpkin is one versatile vegetable, it can be used in savory and sweet dishes and all turn out perfectly. This particular dish combines pumpkin with lot of jalapenos and the hot spicy salsa can be used as a perfect Mexican accompaniment to a variety of dishes. It goes well with pork and chicken, even leftover roast ones. The regular chips and tacos will definitely be perfect to be had with the pumpkin salsa. You can make it in larger batches and store in the refrigerator.
A very interesting baked dish using pasta and pumpkin which makes it very healthy as well. This one has lot of proteins and is low in calories as well. You need not actually make the pasta for this recipe, instead use wonton wraps. Ricotta cheese gives the protein content of the recipe and the pumpkin puree is the other main ingredient of the filling. Depending on how you like the texture you can get pasta like ravioli or wonton like crunchy ravioli.
This smoothie combines all the produce grown during fall. Since it has all fresh produce, the smoothie is flavorful, tasty and healthy. Just fix up this pumpkin smoothie in 5 minutes and use non-daily milk, like almond milk. The nuts in the smoothie contribute to the protein content, the cranberries, apples, oranges and pumpkin are source of vitamins. Coconut cream will provide the very essential MUFA. You can always experiment with the ingredients of the smoothie.
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