Why do we only seem to only associate pumpkins, gourds and winter squashes with Halloween? These colourful autumnal vegetables come in many varieties, shapes, sizes and even with multi-coloured stripes. They are easy to digest, so a fantastic food for the elderly, children or anyone recovering from illness.
Pumpkins, gourds and winter squashes are highly nutritious and a great seasonal autumn food that can be enjoyed for many months. They contain high amounts of complex carbohydrates, fibre, carotenenoids, and potassium, among a wide range of other vitamins and minerals. Like potatoes can be stored for months in a cool dry pantry or space.
Quinoa can rightfully be called a ‘superfood’. It contains high levels of protein of good quality, so it is a very useful source of protein in a vegetarian/vegan diet. It has more calcium than milk (weight-for-weight); it is also rich in other minerals like magnesium, iron and copper, and has very high levels of fiber.
The high magnesium content of this grain helps support the many people who have low levels of magnesium: eg those prone to migraine headaches, many digestive problems, etc, and it is helpful for preventing type-2 diabetes and helping those who already have it.
So two fantastic super-foods, delivering abundant nutrient goodies, as well as a delicious salad that will nourish you from your tippy toes, to the tip of your head and, will leave your taste buds desiring more.
Serves 4 -8 depending on the size of your pumpkins.