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Monday, October 22, 2012

Don't Let Pumpkins Scare You: Healthy Eating

jack-o-lantern
My son's jack-o-lantern

Don't be afraid of pumpkin. They are in their peak season and will be going on sale the closer we get to Halloween. All you have to do is split one in half, scoop out the seeds, and bake it until it gets tender. Check out this simple guide on Elana's Pantry. Scoop out all that goodness and use it as a substitute for squash or sweet potatoes in any recipe and of course bake some pies and muffins too.

Don't throw out those seeds! Roast them with a little oil and salt... delicious. Here is a little guide for roasting and seasoning your seeds from Pumpkin Patches and More.

Pumpkin is super nutritious and low in calories. 


1 cup of pumpkin only has 49 calories yet it contains 245% of your daily allowance of vitamin A plus: calcium, iron, and vitamin C. 

The following pumpkin recipes are from my Friday food parties enjoy:


Dinner in a Pumpkin
Dinner in a Pumpkin
No Cook Pumpkin Parfaits
No Cook Pumpkin Parfaits
Pumpkin Coconut Shrimp Curry
Pumpkin Coconut Shrimp Curry
Pumpkin Pancakes
Pumpkin Pancakes

Autumn Pumpkin Soup
Autumn Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin Cookies
Pumpkin Cookies
13 Pumpkin Dessert Recipes
13 Pumpkin Dessert Recipes

Weekly Menu Plan:

Sunday: Puree Carrot Soup with Ciabatta Rolls

Meatless Monday: Scarole and Beans

Tuesday: Chicken Dijon with Spinach and Brown Rice

Wednesday: Trader Joe's Breaded Codfish with Green Beans and Roasted Potatoes

Thursday: Refried Beans Taco's with Cheddar Cheese and Guacamole

Friday: Pizza take out

Saturday: Hibachi Birthday dinner for my daughter.

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9 comments:

  1. I love pumpkin dishes, and we actually eat roasted vegetable (with pumpkin!) almost every Fri dinner.
    As we don't celebrate Halloween it's not familiar here to bake sweets with pumpkin...

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    1. You are not alone I think only the US and UK maybe Canada or Australia... it's Irish/English in it's origin.. it is fun but the kids dress up for Purmin right?

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  2. I love pumpkin recipes! My family prefers sweets with pumpkin. I should try out the savory side of pumpkin on them again. Thanks for the reminder!

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  3. Just found your blog from Org Junkie and wanted to say hi! :) I am also doing a Monday Menu link up as well too if you want to link up. :) Have a great day! Erin

    http://www.healthybranscoms.com/2012/10/menu-monday.html

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  4. Your food plan looks great for the week! Like you on Saturday I am celebrating my Husbands birthday and were having Hibachi!

    I also want to thank you for featuring my Pumpkin Pancakes! Everything you featured looks delish!!!

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    1. You are very welcome have a great time out.

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  5. Since I have a pumpkin farm, I'm finding this very interesting! Visiting your blog from the BlogTrain Hop and off to check out a few of these recipes! Thank you!

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    1. Try the pumpkin curry it is excellent. I love pumpkin desserts too. A pumpkin farmer... that is just wonderful glad to meet you.

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