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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
THE GREAT PUMPKIN
"There are three things I've learned never discuss with people: religion, politics, and The Great Pumpkin."
--Linus from "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (1966)
October is when parents think about taking the
little ones to the local pumpkin patch and carving pumpkins for Halloween. Pumpkins are great for more than decorating
your front porch a couple of weeks a year.
Pumpkin is a squash that is delicious, healthy, and good for you. Like all vegetables that are orange, pumpkin
is high in the anti-oxidant, beta-carotene.
Beta-carotene converts to Vitamin A in the body and may offer protection
against certain cancers and degenerative aspects of aging.
Growing Healthy Kidshas
been asked to create a gluten-free pumpkin recipe for the first ever children’s October event on Main Street Vero Beach. We’ve
been working furiously in the GHK Test Kitchen to come up with the perfect
pumpkin cookie for kids. The results so
far are..."YUM...More, please!"
I have a confession, dear readers...Cooking pumpkin is SO
EASY. Before this challenge to create
a gluten-free pumpkin cookie came to Growing Healthy Kids, I had never cooked a pumpkin to use in a
recipe.Now that I have crossed that
line and I have learned how easy it is, I am a convert and will probably never
go back to using canned pumpkin again!
DIRECTIONS FOR USING FRESH PUMPKIN IN PIES, SOUPS, AND
MORE: Break off the stem of a small
pumpkin. Wash the outside. Cut pumpkin in half. Scoop out seeds. Place upside down (skin side up) in a large
baking dish. Add a small amount of water
(1/2 cup or so). Roast in an oven at 400
degrees for approximately 30 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork. Let cool.
Scoop out pumpkin and puree in a food processor. Freeze pumpkin if you are not going to use it
AMAZING PUMPKIN FACTS
One cup of 1” pumpkin cubes contain:
394 mg of potassium
197% of daily Vitamin A
17% of daily Vitamin C
1 gram of sodium
CLICK HERE to get into the mood with The Great Pumpkin Waltz by Vince Guaraldi.
Happy, Healthy Pumpkin Season to you and your family!