Before I tell you how I do this I want to say that pumpkin is an extremely healthy food. What is so healthy about pumpkin anyway? First of all any brightly colored fruit or vegetable is going to be a healthy food as the food pigments also known as flavonoids supply many protective antioxidants. Beta carotene which contains flavonoids gives the pumpkin it's extreme orange color . Pumpkin is also high in Vit A which protects the eyes and vision, as well as Vit C for the immune system and potassium for maintaining electrolytes and keeping the muscles healthy. A high fiber food, pumpkin is excellent for maintaining a healthy weight and controlling blood sugar levels.
So......let's get started rendering this amazingly healthy food substance:
First get a big sturdy sharp knife and cut the pumpkin in half.
Then get a big spoon and start scraping out the seeds and goop. Take the spoon and literally scrape the inside of the pumpkin...this is the hardest part to this whole process. Sometimes if I'm in the mood I will save and roast the seeds but this time I just discarded the seeds along with the stringy goop.
Take the pumpkin half and invert it onto a sturdy baking sheet and pour about an inch of water around the pumpkin half. Place in the oven and bake for about a 1 and 1/2 hours at 350˚ until pooped out.
Here is what a pooped out roasted pumpkin half looks like:
Then turn the pumpkin over so you can to scoop out the cooked pumpkin. This one was so well roasted I couldn't turn it over so I peeled the skin off. I couldn't stop munching on it, it was so sweet and delicious. I think if you'd ask me what my favorite food I would have to say it is pumpkin and winter squash and sweet potatoes, I can't ever get enough of these foods. I then put my cooked, mushed pumpkin in containers for freezer storage. I put some in little snack bags that I folded in half so I can use those individual portions for adding pumpkin to smoothies or my morning oatmeal.
The next day I made pumpkin soup which I've been eating each day for lunch....I am so addicted to soup for lunch. My husband found a pumpkin cheesecake recipe which I think I'll be making soon and a dear friend was raving about the pumpkin cheesecake she made for Thanksgiving so I think this is going to be in my future very soon...but I love pumpkin the best as is eaten with a spoon right out of the container....My son thinks I'm crazy!
Have fun roasting pumpkin....and using your pumpkin throughout the winter. Share your favorite ways of using pumpkin by leaving a comment below.
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