As the spooky Halloween season has passed, pumpkins are popular for decorations during this season.
Pumpkins you might have had outside your house or on your windowsill, welcome stuff or treats, and general Halloween festivities have now served their purpose, as far as decorations go. .
However, that doesn’t mean that the vibrant vegetable should be thrown away after being used for Halloween decorations.
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There is a range of wonderful recipes that you can try from your post-decorated pumpkins. Read on to find out more.
Here are some delicious pumpkin recipes to try with your post-Halloween pumpkins, according to Alastair Lockwood ophthalmologist, eye surgeon and eye health advisor at Feel good about the contacts.
1. Pumpkin soap
This pumpkin soup will satisfy your appetite during the colder months.
Â½ tablespoon of olive oil
1 sweet onion, diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
1 head of cauliflower, diced florets (about 5 cups total)
4 cups of vegetable broth or chicken broth
1 can of pumpkin puree (unsweetened)
1 tablespoon of maple syrup or brown sugar
1 teaspoon of salt, to taste
Â½ cup canned whole coconut milk
Chives for garnish
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat
SautÃ© the onions in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes (until tender)
Add the garlic and ginger and cook for a further minute, taking care to stir
Add the cauliflower, broth and pumpkin, heat over high heat, bring to a boil and cover
Keep covered and reduce heat to low
Simmer until the cauliflower is tender (20-30 minutes)
Add the maple syrup, salt and coconut milk and mix
Â· Remove the soup and put it in a blender; puree smooth
2. Pumpkin smoothie
Pumpkin smoothies are easy to make and can be enjoyed in the morning for breakfast or after dinner for dessert.
1 can of pumpkin puree
2 cups of milk
Â¼ cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
Add all the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth
3. Roasted pumpkin
Roasting a pumpkin enhances its flavor and makes it an incredibly versatile ingredient. It can be added to a salad or enjoyed as a main course.
1 small pumpkin
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons of sea salt
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 200 Â° C
Remove the inside of the pumpkin, including the seeds
Cut the rest of the pumpkin into slices and place them on a baking sheet
Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, ground cinnamon and brown sugar
Put in the oven and roast for 15-20 minutes
Cooking times may vary, so check the pumpkin after 15 minutes
Why are pumpkins good for you?
Pumpkins are full of vitamin C, A and zinc. Vitamin C is known to slow down age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and it reduces the risk of cataracts.
Pumpkins also have the power to improve the health of your eyes, due to the properties of vitamin A that they contain. It helps protect against eye diseases and improves your night vision.
On top of that, the iron and folate found in pumpkins can also help boost your immune system and even help speed up wound healing, for example.
The benefits of zinc in pumpkins mean that it helps deliver vitamin A from the liver to the retina in your eye to produce melanin. This then protects the eye and also helps slow the progression of AMD.
Pumpkins are also high in fiber and potassium, which helps lower blood pressure and help you lose weight.