Loads of inexpensive pumpkins in the shops at the moment.
We bought a massive one, about the size of a beach ball, for £2.50.
They are really good nutritious food too. Full of anti-oxidants and vitamins, high in fibre.
Water soluble vitamins need to be re-stocked daily by the body. This is good news as pumpkins can supply B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 and C. They also supply a number of fat soluble vitamins A, E and K. The seeds are also a good source of mono-unsaturated fats.
Pumpkin can be used in a variety of great recipes. I had a quick look on the BBC good food guide and found a great range of ideas from baked whole, Pumpkin and Chickpea Curry, soups, omelette. Be careful what you mix it with. It can even blended up to make an after-workout shake. Now that’s a great alternative to something out of a plastic tub.
If you have any recipes you would like to share, please feel free to add them as blog comments.
Ok – now what do you do with Pomegranates
These are another great source of anti-oxidants, vitamins, potassium and iron.
However, I must admit, I was always at a loss with how to deal with Pomegranates, with all those pips, until I had a flat mate who showed me one way.
His technique was to scrunch the fruit whole so that the juice was released inside the fruit. Pierce the fruit and then quickly suck all the juice out, before it sprayed everywhere, leaving a dry husk.
This didn’t always go to plan and left a streak of red juice in an unintended direction!
Now I just use a lemon squeezer to extract the juice.
I think I’ve just had a great idea for a winter shake: how about a Pomegranate and Pumpkin smoothie ? Let me know what you think.
handfull of Pumpkin
1/2 glass skimmed milk
juice of 1 pomegranate
(pinch of cinnamon optional)
blend it all up
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