I have developed a real love of pumpkin, but I wasn’t always that passionate for pumpkin.
This time of year is perfect to make some pumpkin recipes. Carve the pumpkin for Halloween and remove most of the inside to use for your pumpkin dishes.
What can you make? There are so many dishes to try:
• Pumpkin pie
• Pumpkin risotto
• Creamy pumpkin pasta
• Pumpkin soup
• Pumpkin and spinach quiche
• Pumpkin puree
• Pumpkin chai muffins
• Pumpkin curry
• Pumpkin ravioli
• Pumpkin hash
• Pumpkin fritters
• Buddha bowl
• Roast pumpkin
• Spiced pumpkin cake
• Pumpkin scones
• Pumpkin frittata
• Pumpkin chilli
One of my favourite pumpkin recipes is pumpkin curry
Perfect Pumpkin Curry
• 1/4 cup Yellow Curry Paste
• 1/3 Pumpkin, peeled, deseeded (or remove flesh from a pumpkin you’re carving)
• 1 lemongrass stem, pale section only
• 2 cups cauliflower, cut into florets
• 1can coconut cream
• 2 fresh kaffir lime leaves
• 2 courgettes, halved lengthways, sliced
• 1 Tbsp brown sugar
• 2 tsp fish sauce/soy sauce
• 1/2 cup torn fresh basil leaves
• Toasted coconut flakes, to serve
• Steamed brown rice, to serve
• Lime wedges, to serve
• Thinly sliced long fresh green chilli, to serve (optional)
• Step 1
Preheat a slow cooker on High. Add curry paste. Cook, without stirring, for 10 minutes. (you can also do this in a oven proof dish with a lid in the oven at 200C
• Step 2
Meanwhile, cut pumpkin into 2cm pieces.
• Step 3
Add pumpkin and cauliflower to the slow cooker/oven dish. Stir to coat with curry paste.
Reserve 2 tbs coconut cream then add remaining to the slow cooker/oven dish with lemongrass and lime leaves. Cover and cook on Low for 3 1/2 hours (reduce the oven to 110C) or until pumpkin and cauliflower are tender.
• Step 4
Add courgette. Cover and cook for a further 30 minutes. Stir in sugar, fish sauce then basil.
• Step 5
Scatter coconut flakes and extra basil over curry. Drizzle over reserved coconut cream.
Serve with rice, lime wedges and chilli, if using.
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Carina Kennedy was formerly a Nurse, now a Nutritional Therapist and Herbalist living in the west of Ireland. Her passion is food, health and teaching clients to gain control of their life with simple techniques.