It’s Pumpkin Time at Carlsbad Ranch Market!
What shall I do with all these pumpkins? Should I just carve them and enjoy my creativity? Or should I attempt a few of the million pumpkin recipes I’ve found? And, why should I eat pumpkin? Is it good for me?
The answer to the last question is “yes”. Pumpkin is rich in fiber and low in calories. Its orange coloring comes from its supply of beta-carotene, which is converted to Vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is good for eye health and helps the eye absorb and process light. Vitamin A also helps your body fight infections, viruses and infectious diseases. Additionally, pumpkin contains Vitamin C. Vitamins A and C are both antioxidants, and they act as shields for your cells against cancer-causing free radicals.
It’s mind boggling how many recipes there are out there using pumpkin as the main ingredient.
Let’s start with a simple, tasty, and healthy recipe:
1 (15.5-ounce) can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin purée
3 tablespoons tahini
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
Optional: spice it up w/ shake of cayenne pepper
Serve with fresh vegetables and/or crackers.