It’s pumpkin season… Pumpkins are used in a variety of recipes ranging from soups and hearty meals to delicious pies. Typically the first step to using a pumpkin in any of recipe is to start with cooking it and scraping out the ‘flesh’.
How do you cook a pumpkin? It’s pretty simple…
- Wash the pumpkin
- Cut pumpkin in half
- Scrape out ‘guts’ (save the seeds for another recipe or even planting!)
- Place pumpkins sliced side down in a baking dish and add about ¼” of water
- Cook for 40 to 50 minutes at 350°
- Poke with fork to check of the pumpkin is tender
- When done cooking, remove from oven and scrape out the flesh. It should keep for about 5 days in the refridgerator
For more detailed instructions see this article:
PLANEAT is a well made documentary highlighting reasons to eat less meat and dairy. The film covers health and environmental changes that occur as a result of food choices people make every day. PLANEAT teaches that nothing changes the face of the planet as much as the way we produce our food. Request this film at your local library!
Delicious simple lentil soup with greens recipe.
I have created two kale monsters. These monsters are furry and four-legged. They are better known as Bella and Claudia, our adorable dogs.
They get excited when they see me picking kale out of the garden. They anxiously stand by while I wash it and tear the leaves from the stem. They sit without being told as I divide the stems between them. And chomp them down before I have the next one ready.
Bella has learned the word kale. Her head perks up and her tail starts wagging when she hears it. It’s in the same category as peanut butter, bone, and treat.
They have even jumped on the green smoothie bandwagon. They love to lick out the blender after the smoothies have been poured. They also know the sound that an empty straw makes. They come running from another room to get one last taste until the next morning, when it starts all over again. They are not spoiled, they are well-loved family members.
Mango Jalapeño Smoothie
Makes 1 quart
1 ¼ cups frozen mango
Juice of 1 lime
1 jalapeño, seeds removed
½ bunch parsley or cilantro
3 handfuls of kale
2 cups of water
Directions: Place all ingredients in blender. Blend on high until smooth. Enjoy!
This was a tasty grilled veggie recipe. Limes were used instead of lemons and fresh garlic in place of scallions. Yum.
And we cooked some sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, local red onions and more.