Fresh pumpkin recipes are making the latest food trends across the nation. With a few tips, cooks everywhere can make food trending pumpkin dishes.
It’s the time of year that has made pumpkin foods one of the biggest food trends. Whether you will be making fresh pumpkin recipes or sticking to pumpkin puree from the can, it’s time to start baking! Everyone from grandma, who has raised her own pumpkins in her garden, to Food Network cooks are gearing up for the Fall season. Visit the local farmer’s market to pick up some great tasting pumpkins and read on.
By now everyone knows that pumpkins are good for your body, but have you thought about how the pumpkins are cooked or prepared is what will determine just how healthy they really are for you? Just a quick tip: stay away from deep frying!
Sometimes people need to be reminded of the wonderful benefits of pumpkin. Below are just a few pumpkin benefits that will make you smile like a jack-o-lantern.
- reduces the risk of cancer
- full of antioxidants
- reduces risk of heart disease
- low in calories
- good source of fiber
- pumpkin seeds are good for skin and much more
By adding complementary foods such as carrots, olive oil, and squashes, you will gain more than the nutrients that are in the pumpkin itself. Cook up some pumpkin puree soup with some carrots, squash, a sprinkle of brown sugar (or stevia), add a squirt of pure maple syrup or even sorghum and have a delicious meal anytime of the day. For added flavor, sprinkle with some pumpkin pie spice while cooking to let the flavors fuse together.
For those who watch the Food Network, its latest Food Network Star winner, Jeff Mauro, is known for his sandwiches. In the latest issue of Food Network Magazine, Mauro shares his latest recipe of a squash grilled cheese.
After watching Mauro struggle for weeks to finally pull out on top, cooks across America have been coming up with their own sandwich recipes that are a little out-of-the-ordinary just as he demonstrated on the show. Below is one of the sandwich recipes that was inspired by his creativity.
Fresh Pumpkin Recipe
This fresh pumpkin recipe is easy and makes for a great weekend breakfast sandwich. Pumpkin puree can also be used and will shorten the recipe time.
- 4 slices Italian or Texas toast bread (these are thicker sliced breads)
- 2 large eggs (organic)
- 3 tablespoons milk (organic)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice (add as needed)
- non-stick cooking spray
- 1 sugar pie pumpkin
- pure maple syrup
- 16 mini marshmallows
How to cook pumpkin:
- Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cut sugar pie pumpkin in half.
- Scoop out pumpkin seeds and keep to toast later.
- Place pumpkin, cut side down, into a baking dish filled with about 1 inch of water.
- Cover with aluminum foil and place into oven.
- Bake until pumpkin meat is soft.
Pumpkin Sandwich Directions:
- Begin by toasting the slices of bread.
- While the bread is toasting, crack the eggs and add them to a shallow bowl.
- Stir in milk and beat the egg mixture together.
- Add part of the cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice to the top of the egg mixture.
- Spray a skillet with non-stick cooking spray.
- Turn heat to medium.
- Dip both sides of the toasted bread into the egg mixture and add to heated skillet.
- Cook until both sides are toasted. Flipping occasionally during cooking.
- When both sides are done, remove from skillet.
To construct your pumpkin sandwich, place one slice of bread onto a plate. Slice a thin layer of cooked pumpkin and remove the rind. Place slice onto the bread. Two slices of cooked pumpkin may be needed to cover bread. Add 1/2 of the marshmallows (the marshmallows will melt over the hot pumpkin slices). Drizzle with maple syrup and add the top piece of bread. Serve with coffee, tea, or milk. Serves 4 unless you are really hungry, then it serves less.