31 Oct Healthy Halloween Pumpkin Recipes
Have you been carving out your pumpkins in anticipation of Halloween? If so, you might be wondering what to do with the fleshy insides. Instead of throwing them out, why not try some of these healthy Halloween pumpkin recipes.
The health benefits of pumpkins are endless and using your pumpkin also helps reduce food waste. So, whether it’s a quick snack, tasty side or light dinner your looking for, our healthy Halloween pumpkin recipes have got you covered!
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Toasted pumpkin seeds are one of the ultimate healthy Halloween pumpkin recipes! Pumpkin seeds make a great healthy snack because they are a source of protein and unsaturated fats, including the heart healthy omega-3. Pumpkin seeds are also a source of magnesium, which is suggested to beneficial be beneficial for our bone health, cardiovascular health and play a role in diabetes risk reduction.
Follow these steps to make your tasty toasted pumpkin seeds:
- Remove any flesh from the pumpkin seeds, rinse and clean.
- Spread evenly over a large baking tray.
- Spritz with a few sprays of olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning (sea salt, pepper, chilli, paprika – or anything that takes your fancy!).
- Bake in the oven for 10 minutes at 180 degrees.
- Cool and transfer into an airtight container.
Roasted Pumpkin Wedges
These wedges make a great healthy Halloween pumpkin recipe as an alternative to chips or potato wedges. 80g of pumpkin counts as one of our five-a-day and is a great source of vitamins. Consuming a range of vitamins can help support our immune systems throughout the winter months. These pumpkin wedges can be used to brightened up a salad or as a side to just about anything!
To make a batch to serve 6, follow the steps below:
- Cut your pumpkin into wedges.
- Spread out on a large baking tray.
- Lightly spritz with olive oil spray, scatter with garlic cloves, chili and thyme, season with salt and pepper.
- Roast in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes at 180 degrees.
- Sprinkle with feta for a creamy touch!
With autumn officially here, pumpkin soup makes a great winter warmer. Ideal for lunch or a light dinner, this healthy pumpkin recipe is easy to freeze and reheat whenever you fancy. Pumpkin is a source of fibre, which helps keep you fuller for longer and aids smooth digestion.
To make a healthy pumpkin soup to serve 4, follow the recipe below:
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pot and lightly cook 1 chopped brown onion and 1 clove of crushed garlic until the onion has softened.
- Add 750g cubed pumpkin, 1 cubed potato and 1 litre of chicken or vegetable stock (reduced salt version if possible). Bring to the boil and them simmer for 20 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender.
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Blend in a blender or use a hand blender until smooth.
- Serve in bowls with a dollop of yoghurt.
Hopefully these healthy Halloween pumpkin recipes will provide you with inspiration on how best to use your pumpkin. Just a word of warning, avoid buying tinned pumpkin pie mix. This often contains added sugar and is higher in calories, which may delay your weight loss goals. Instead, always use fresh or regular tinned pumpkin. Read more about free sugars here.
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