Overlooked and under utilized, fresh pumpkin is simply delicious. Are you taking advantage of it on your plan?
Pumpkin is on many metabolic balance® plans. To most of us, pumpkin is something only used in desserts, such as pies, breads, or cookies. In reality pumpkin is a nutritious vegetable with many benefits. Like many yellow vegetables, pumpkin is naturally high in Vitamin A and has a glycemic load of 3. It is rich and dense with a texture that is reminiscent of potato, so it is filling. It’s mild flavor makes lends itself as a companion to everything.
Remember if pumpkin is on your plan, you can use any round winter squash; such as kobacha, hubbard, golden nugget, red kuri, buttercup, carnival, sweet dumpling, sugar pie, as well as the typical Thanksgiving. Sadly, the favored butternut does not qualify as a round winter squash.
Kobacha, a traditional Japanese squash is pictured here. Kobacha comes in green or red and is available year-round at my local farmers market (SF Bay Area in California).
Here is a short cut to preparing fresh pumpkin. Preheat the oven to 325℉, rinse and dry the pumpkin. Use a sharp knife to poke two holes at the top near the center as vents to let moisture out as it cooks. Place it on an oven proof plate and put it in the oven. Let is bake for 30-45 minutes, or longer depending on the size, until it is slightly soft when pushed with a wooden spoon. Remove from the oven and let cool.
When cool, peel and divide into servings. Store servings in the refrigerator or freeze. It can be added to anything cold or reheated. I am sautéing (pictured) it in ghee with hand shredded chicken breast and green onions. Mash it with salt, pepper, and ghee as you might potatoes. Try sautéing pumpkin cubes with apple slices and Wasa crumbs or toasted rolled rye; add a sprinkle of cinnamon for sweetness. Mash cooked pumpkin with water or vegetable stock to use as a base for soup. Learn more fun facts about pumpkin.
Recipes for Pumpkin
- Turkey Breast with Ginger Pumpkin Dressing (This recipe would be great for a July 4th picnic.)
- Pumpkin Fries with Dip
- Pumpkin Curry Soup
- Pumpkin Leek Carrot Soup
What is your favorite way to enjoy pumpkin? Contact me, I would like to know how you use pumpkin in your metabolic balance® plan.
I am Myra and I am a metabolic balance® coach & a homeopath. If you like this post visit my other blog.
Photo credit: Myra Nissen