Discover the surprising health benefits of pumpkin and enjoy a delicious Fall recipe for this savory gluten-free and vegetarian dish.
While pumpkins decorate our tables and jack-o-lanterns line our doorsteps, the pumpkin is often overlooked as a fantastic, inexpensive source of valuable nutrients. We may bake this it into pies, breads and desserts, but this humble squash offers a host of healthy benefits and is well-suited for savory dishes, like this delicious vegetarian pumpkin quinoa cake.
Halloween happens to be one of my favorite holidays – the time of year, the excuse to dress-up, get crafty and creative and yes, the pumpkin!
I’ve never been much of a pumpkin pie fan (unless it’s my pumpkin chocolate pie) but pumpkin seeds, bread and bars – that’s another story. These tasty little cakes make a perfect appetizer or vegetarian entrée.
There are wonderful benefits to eating seasonal, local foods. The pumpkin is no exception. Filled with vitamins A, C and E, pumpkins are high in fiber and low in calories. The pumpkin’s brilliant orange flesh is the result of its rich concentration of carotenoids. These phytonutrients have been linked to eye health, cancer prevention, heart health and more.
With all of the healthy reasons to be eating pumpkins this season, let’s get cooking! I recently prepared this recipe during my cooking demos at The Healthy Living Festival, Del Mar and my class at Whole Foods Market. It’s become one of my go-to favorites.
And why wouldn’t it be? This is truly a Hip, Simple, Fabulous™ recipe as it’s packed with flavor, uses protein-rich quinoa and cooks up in minutes. Whether you’re searching for a quick and fun Fall meal, creative sides for Thanksgiving or a flavorful vegetarian dish to wow your gathering friends – Savory Pumpkin Cakes are a fast favorite.
I'm enjoying a glimpse of Fall weather in NYC this week - leaves turning, squirrels gathering and a crisp tang in the air! How do you know when Fall has begun in your neighborhood?
May your Fall season be filled with blessings and many reasons to celebrate,
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