Food for Thought

Pumpkin

Pumpkin is considered by some to be a vegetable and also a fruit from the squash family. It is believed that there are around 45 varieties of pumpkin measuring up to 20 feet long! However, the more commonly known ones usually orange or even green outer color and are of a reasonable size for you to take home from the grocery store.
As mentioned, pumpkin is mainly served as a vegetable but is also famous in the US as a pie (as though it were a fruit), especially during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.
Amongst its nutrients, pumpkin is very high in Vitamin A and provides considerable amounts of Vitamin C and Potassium. There are so many health benefits which include, reducing the risk of some cancers, regulating blood pressure, protection against asthma, helps to avoid heart disease and diabetes, good for complexion and hair, a dietary aid, low in calories, and the list goes on.

Pumpkin Cake

Ingredients

 

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon salt
4 eggs
1 can (16 ounces) pumpkin
1 cup vegetable oil

Decorate, as desired

Directions

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the first six ingredients.

  • In another bowl, beat eggs, pumpkin and oil until smooth.

  • Add pumpkin mixture to dry ingredients and mix until well blended.

  • Pour mixture into a greased baking pan and bake at 350⁰ for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

  • Once cooled, decorate as desired.

Pumpkin Porridge

Ingredients

 

1lb pumpkin, peeled and diced

½ cup oatmeal

2 cups coconut milk

2 cups water

1 cinnamon stick

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon mixed spice

1 teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon vanilla

4 tablespoon condensed milk

¼ cup sugar

 

Directions

 

  • Blend together diced pumpkin and oatmeal with 1 cup of coconut milk.

  • Bring 2 cups water, 1 up coconut milk to a boil with salt and cinnamon stick.

  • Lower flame and add pumpkin mixture to pot; stirring continuously to prevent lumps or burning for about 10 minutes.

  • Add remaining ingredients and simmer for about five minutes while stirring.

  • Pour porridge into bowls and garnish with pumpkin seeds or granola.