Oh My Gourd! It’s National Pumpkin Day!
Happy National Pumpkin Day!
October 26 is National Pumpkin Day!
This beautiful, orange fruit is a member of the gourd family. Other members include: cantaloupe and honeydew melons, watermelons, cucumbers and zucchini.
We really start thinking about pumpkin now because it goes hand-in-hand with Fall festivities like Halloween and Thanksgiving. But really, pumpkin can be eaten all year long; it’s so versatile and it’s very nutritious!
One cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin has:
- 49Itty-Bitty Calories
- 2gr Protein
- 12 gr Carbohydrate
- 3gr Fiber
- 2gr Sugar
- 245%RDA Vitamin A (WOW!)
- 19%RDA Vitamin C
- 16%RDA of Potassium
Plus, a nice blend of minerals, B vitamins and even some vitamin E – plus it’s yummy to boot.
There’s more to this nutritious fruit than meet the eye so I wanted to share a few pumpkin recipes that ARE NOT Pumpkin Pie 🙂
One of my all time faves is my Pumpkin Spice Bread! It’s delicious at breakfast, makes a great snack and is a unique and delightful addition to a cheese plate!
I LOVE soup, especially during the Fall! My Provo Pumpkin Soup was born on the island of Providenciales, Turks & Caicos. It’s vegan and filled with spices that will warm your tummy and your soul!
A great side dish that doubles as a vegan main course is Pumpkin Quinoa Pilaf. It’s super-satisfying! This recipe feeds a crowd so it’s perfect for a gathering of friends and family – think Thanksgiving! Everyone will love you for it!
Bring a healthy fish recipe into your Fall dinner planning with: Pan-Roasted Halibut With Pumpkin Puree & Mint Pesto . It’s low-calorie, protein-packed and delicious!
Looking for a quick and easy mid-week meal? Try Sautéed Shrimp with Pumpkin and Peas. It’s a delicious, nutritious, one-pan meal that’s low in calories and wonderfully gratifying!
Enjoy the upcoming cooler weather with these cozy recipes!
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Recipe of the Week
Since we’re talking about gourds this week; here’s a soup recipe from another member of the gourd family, the cucumber. Creamy Cucumber Soup with Herbs is a vegan, light, yet luscious soup that’s filled with antioxidants!