It’s that time of the year. You know, the time when everything has pumpkin in it. And here are a few more!
More than just a Halloween prop, pumpkins can help you manage a healthy weight, improve your immunity and eye health, maintain heart health, reduce the risk of developing cancer, prevent the symptoms of aging skin, reduce inflammation, and may even improve sleep quality.
So here are five pumpkin recipes that will delight your palette and benefit your body in many ways.
1. Spicy Pumpkin Soup
What’s better than soup to keep you warm during the chilly days of the seasons? If you are tired of the usual soup recipes, here’s one that you can try to spice things up a bit! Double the benefits of your pumpkin soup by topping it with nutritious pumpkin seeds.
In this recipe, a multicooker is used. If you do not have one, you can cook it the conventional way using a large saucepan or pot.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, peeled and sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground allspice
- 2 sweet potatoes (400 g), peeled and roughly diced
- 2 large carrots (200 g), peeled and roughly diced
- 400 g pumpkin, peeled and roughly diced
- 1 apple, cored and roughly diced
- 2 pints or 1 liter vegetable stock
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 30 g butter
- Pepper and salt to taste
How To Prepare:
Set the multicooker to fry vegetables. Add the oil, onion, and garlic and fry until they are turning golden. Add the cinnamon and allspice and fry until they give out a fragrance.
Add the sweet potato, carrot, pumpkin, and apples and fry for a few more minutes.
Set the multicooker to stew vegetables. Add the stock and vanilla essence to the vegetables
Stir well, close the lid, and cook for 20 minutes until the ingredients are soft. Season with pepper and salt.
Once cooked add the butter, then allow to cool a little and process the soup using a stick blender directly in the cooker pot, or transfer to a blender or food processor and blend until silky smooth.
If the soup is too thick, you can add water or the stock to get the desired consistency.
You can serve the hot soup topping it with cream and sunflower or pumpkin seeds or both.
2. Homemade Pumpkin Butter
If you are bored of the same tired spreads for your toast, then you need to try some delicious pumpkin butter to make toast taste better than it ever did. Dip your cookies, pretzels, crackers, or even fresh fruit in this yummy butter. Try this easy homemade recipe for an enjoyable snack time.