All About Pumpkin

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Well, Halloween is over, which means out with the spooky and in with the merry. But there’s one festive item from the holiday the Paleo Pals are not ready to throw out. We had a few pumpkins left over from Halloween, and I decided to take the challenge of making my own pumpkin puree.

Late one night I went to Whole Foods frantically searching for canned pumpkin. No luck. Then, DING! The light went off. I had plenty of pumpkin at home. I was going to make puree all by myself.

I used three different methods: boiling, baking and microwaving.

Method 1-Boiling

  • Cut top and stem off of the pumpkin, scrape out the seeds (save to make pumpkin seeds), then cut the pumpkin into small 2 inch chunks
  • toss the chunks in a pot of water that just barely covers the pumpkin
  • boil for about 15-20 minutes or until fork tender
  • set aside and let cool
  • peel off the rind
  • blend in a food processor or blender

Method 2-Baking

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cut top and stem off of the pumpkin, scrape out the seeds (save to make pumpkin seeds), then cut the pumpkin into small 2 inch chunks
  • Place the chunks on a baking sheet
  • Bake for 50 minutes or until fork tender
  • set aside and let cool
  • peel off the rind
  • blend in a food processor or blender

Method 3- Microwave

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cut top and stem off of the pumpkin, scrape out the seeds (save to make pumpkin seeds), then cut the pumpkin into small 2 inch chunks
  • Put chunks in a microwaveable dish filled with 1/2 inch of water
  • Microwave uncovered for 5-6 minutes or until fork tender
  • set aside and let cool
  • peel off the rind
  • blend in a food processor or blender

I never realized how easy making pumpkin puree was. I have been putting it in everything and even creating some yummy recipes, which I will be sharing with you guys in days to come. I am really loving a Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte I created. I also put some of it in my dogs food dish so he has a healthy treat.

Another added bonus to having all of this pumpkin in my fridge are the health benefits.

  • Mashed pumpkin only have 50 calories per cup but has 3 grams of fiber so you feel fuller longer. Pumpkin is very satiating.
  • Pumpkin has a ton of vitamin A which increases vision.
  • Helps you sleep better. Pumpkin contains tryptophan, which makes you feel sleepy. It also helps the body make serotonin that helps you feel good so that you can relax and unwind.

I am so happy to have added more pumpkin in my life. Last night I slept like a baby. It was wonderful. I hope you enjoy your pumpkin benefits too!!!

 

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