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Pumpkins are not just for carving!

Friday, November 01, 2013

Eat Your Pumpkin! It's Good For You!

Pumpkin is one of the very low calorie vegetables. 1 cup of pumpkin is only 26 calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. It is rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins.

A pumpkin is a storehouse of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-A ( Vitamin A is a powerful natural anti-oxidant and is required by the body for maintaining the integrity of skin and mucus membranes. It is also an essential vitamin for good visual sight. Research studies suggest that natural foods rich in vitamin A help a body protects against lung and oral cavity cancers.).

Pumpkin is a good source of B-complex group of vitamins like folates, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid.

Pumpkins are also excellent sources of Vitamin-C and Vitamin-E. It is also an excellent source of many natural poly-phenolic flavonoid compounds such as , carotenes, cryptoxanthin, lutein and zea-xanthin. Carotenes convert into vitamin A inside the body.

Zea-xanthin is a natural anti-oxidant which has UV (ultra-violet) rays filtering actions in the macula lutea in retina of the eyes. Thus, it helps protect from "age-related macular disease" (ARMD) in the elderly.

Pumpkin is also a rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.



Pumpkin Griddle Cakes
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Pumpkin Shrimp Curry
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BROWN BUTTER-PUMPKIN MAC AND CHEESE
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Pumpkin Black Bean Soup
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Pumpkin Mushroom & Leek Risotto
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Pumpkin Lasagna
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Pumpkin Kootu Recipe
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Thai-spiced Pumpkin Soup Recipe
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Black Bean & Pumpkin Chili
www.melskitchencafe.com/
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Skinny Pumpkin Breakfast Parfait
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KERRYLEE66 11/2/2013 12:52PM

    Try one can of pumpkin, one can of "Rotel" diced tomatoes with chilis, and a little fat free chicken broth and your spice choices such as a little garlic, cumin, or chili powder. A VERY healthy and low calorie meal. Nice and warm this time of year!

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IMEMINE1 11/2/2013 10:58AM

    That pumpkin lasagna sounds yummy. I think I'll make that dish. emoticon

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IRP1114 11/2/2013 10:53AM

    Yummy! I need to try some of these! emoticon emoticon

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KMVBBAM 11/2/2013 9:39AM

    Mmmm, this is great as I have a few pumpkins to cook up.

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 11/2/2013 9:29AM

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DS9KIE 11/2/2013 12:22AM

    yum

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L*I*T*A* 11/1/2013 11:40PM

    wow.....what a great share!!!
thanks.............


emoticon yummmmmmmmmm

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LIVINHEALTHY9 11/1/2013 8:51PM

    Thanks or the recipes.
Might have to try a few of these.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/1/2013 6:32PM

    I love pumpkin and the recipe with the brown butter have to make that one. YUM!

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WILLOW49 11/1/2013 5:45PM

    Yum! Thanks for sharing these recipes :)
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TEDYBEAR2838 11/1/2013 5:43PM

    Now quite a few of these tickle my fancy.
Especially the hot cakes!
& the breakfast one at the end..

YUM!

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NEW-CAZ 11/1/2013 4:39PM

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ERIN1957 11/1/2013 4:33PM

    Yummy looking recipes.
I love pumpkin, been eating some in the mornings with apple, chia seeds, and pumpkin spice. So good.
Thanks Yvonne!

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