Pumpkin is a favorite food in the fall and year-round.
But be careful—don’t settle for the pumpkin-flavored, pumpkin-spiced, pumpkin-infused commercially available products to get your pumpkin fix. Instead, take advantage of the squash-fest and make homemade pumpkin recipes instead.
Why? You ask.
Well, turns out there’s good reason to reach for the real stuff. Fresh pumpkin is an incredibly nutritious food with many essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Pumpkins are rich in carotenoids, the pigments which give them their bright orange color. This includes beta carotene—a precursor to vitamin A, and an important eye-protecting antioxidant.
One cup of mashed pumpkin contains 245% of your recommended daily intake (RDI) of vitamin A. It also contains:
And essential minerals:
All these important pumpkin nutrients help to maintain a healthy body. Pumpkin has been shown to provide many health benefits including: protecting and maintaining healthy eyesight; fighting cancer; protecting the skin from aging and light damage; providing electrolytes for rehydration; and boosting immune function.
Now that we understand the benefits of using real, fresh pumpkin over the pumpkin-flavored stuff, let’s get back to talk of those homemade pumpkin recipes. It’s not hard to whip up a delicious dish with such a sweet main ingredient. This family-friendly pumpkin recipe will delight adults and children alike—so prepare for requests for seconds!
There is nothing more comforting than thick, savory pumpkin soup. A bowl of orange soup will warm your heart, soul, and—most importantly—your belly. Pumpkin soup is filling and satisfying enough to stand alone as a main course, but you can certainly serve it as an appetizer instead.
Preparation: 15 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Ready in: One hour
Serve and enjoy!
Ariela is passionate about women’s health and cooking. She loves combining her interests to experiment in the kitchen and write about healthy eating and living habits, delicious food, and enjoying exercise.