Ok, maybe you're not a pumpkin, but you should seriously consider eating some! It's fall everyone (a.k.a. my favorite season of the year) and a huge part of the fall feel is pumpkins (and all things pumpkin...read: pies, jack-o-lanterns, picking).
The thing is, pumpkins aren't just good for the soul, their good for the body too! Pumpkins are chock full of beta carotene and anti-oxidants, vitamins A, C, and E, tons of minerals, salts, EFA's, and more. You can cook it's flesh into a sweet and rich treat, you can roast it's seeds to create an amazingly healthy, high-in-protein snack, or you can extract it's oil to cook with, add to salads, and in the process, lower your cholesterol.
Best of all, pumpkin and all it's by-products are superdelicious and some of my favorite foods. Fall is in the air and pumpkin is in my kitchen.
Do any of you have fabulous, vegan, pumpkin recipes worth sharing?!?
We went pumpkin picking yesterday and I've got a bunch of sugar pumpkins to cook up. There's something magical about picking out your own pumpkins from those vine-like plants that seem to grow on forever, isn't there?!? And look at these gorgeous ones I brought home for some festive fall decorations:
They're actually called fairytale pumpkins (or maybe fairytale squash...either way...)!