Meatless Monday – Was is Das?

Forget Oktoberfest and wienerschnitzel! I am declaring the period of October 1 to November 1 October Feast! It’s this time of year that I engage in pumpkin celebration and skeleton appreciation.

Autumn in the northern hemisphere is harvest time and the cornucopia is overflowing with pumpkins! Though popular as a Hallowe’en icon, pumpkin is also nutritionally viable. It contains high amounts of vitamin A along with other antioxidants, B vitamins and some minerals (e.g. calcium and potassium). It is high fibre, low in calories and comes in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Besides its sweet application in pie, cakes, cookies, muffins and scones, pumpkin can also add some colour and flavour to a savoury dish. This Meatless Monday we offer some suggestions on celebrating pumpkin this October Feast!

  • Add diced pumpkin to vegetarian chili or Moroccan stew.
  • Make a veggie layer sandwich using sliced pumpkin, zucchini and red pepper. Cheese, vegan or vegetarian, optional.
  • Purée some butternut squash and pumpkin and add to your mac and cheese sauce.
  • Make some dressing with pumpkin purée, bread cubes and sage.
  • Viva pumpkin ravioli!
  • Pumpkin soup or sheppard’s pie featuring this orange squash as the star.
  • Smashed pumpkin instead of mashed potatoes makes for a colourful side dish for your vegetarian/vegan Thanksgiving feast.
  • Add pumpkin seeds to your salad for a protein crunch. Use pumpkin oil to make the salad dressing. (Avoid cooking with pumpkin oil to preserve its integrity.)
  • Sourdough bread made with pumpkin purée (pictured below). It goes well with pecan butter.

    Photo by Kimberley (c)2014
    Photo by Kimberley (c)2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links
Some pumpkin recipes from WebMD
Pumpkin nutrition facts

 

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2 thoughts on “Meatless Monday – Was is Das?

  1. Aren’t we all engaging in pumpkin celebration and skeleton appreciation. I think I shall go for the mashed pumpkin, with a little maple syrup. Yum!

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