Happy Halloween my lovely readers! I hope you’ve had a spooky Halloween, whether you’ve dressed up and partied with friends, carved pumpkins with the kids or have gone on a ghost hunt! I absolutely love Halloween, everyone makes a great effort don’t they? Plus, it means that tomorrow is November and we can now get away with getting into the festive Christmas spirit!
So as it’s Halloween and Bake Off has sadly ended, today’s blog is about pumpkins! These little guys don’t have a good life if you ask me. They’re grown, bundled into huge boxes at the front of the store, molested by dirty hands, hacked into a scary looking face and then forgotten about for the rest of the year. I never think to pick up a pumpkin to cook, I often reach for the butternut squash instead.
For those out there who didn’t know, pumpkin is actually a fruit and has lots of health benefits including: helping to maintain healthy eye sight, prevention of wrinkles, helping with weight loss because it’s low in calories and high in fibre and cancer prevention – just to name a few. So, without further ado let’s look at 10 pumpkin dishes.
- Curry Pumpkin Soup – Easy, cook and blend the pumpkin with vegetable stock, add a table spoon of curry power, top with cream and pumpkin seeds and serve in the pumpkin shell!
- Pumpkin, Beef and Black Bean Chilli – A interesting flavour to add to a chilli dish, just allow enough time for the pumpkin chunks to cook through and serve with rice, pitta bread or wraps.
- Pumpkin Risotto – Dice pumpkin into small chunks and add to your usual risotto dish, don’t forget to sprinkle parmesan cheese!
- Pumpkin and Chickpea Curry – Are you ready for this array of flavours… Pumpkin, chickpeas, mustard seeds, coconut milk, mint leaves, thai yellow curry paste, onions, lemon grass, lime and vegetable stock, serve with rice and naan.
- Pumpkin and Cauliflower Casserole – A warm dish for winter! Season well in a creamy sauce and top with breadcrumbs, goats cheese and roasted pumpkin seeds.
- Pumpkin, Basil, Goats cheese and Fig Tart – Quick and easy dish for lunch, a starter or main course that blends sweet and savoury flavours.
- Pumpkin Fries – Sweet potato fries, move aside! Deep fry or roast in the oven, top with sea salt, pepper, curry power or whatever you fancy!
- Pumpkin and Kale Pasta Bake – Who needs tuna these days when Kale is a superfood, this dish is perfect for a frosty evening.
- Pumpkin Hummus – If you’re looking for a flavoursome snack, puree pumpkin with chickpeas, garlic and rosemary to make a batch of hummus to dip your crunchy carrots, celery or warm bread.
- Roasted Pumpkin Bruschetta with Caramelised Onions – Toast your crostini and top with fresh ricotta, caramelised onions, slow-roasted pumpkin and sage, don’t forget to top with balsamic vinegar.
I can’t wait to try out these dishes, they sound so tasty! Happy baking everyone.
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