Pumpkin is my number one favorite autumn/winter food. I can eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just use it as a snack at work or at uni. Not only is it super healthy, but it’s also very satiating and sweet. So, if you have a sweet tooth and constantly crave for sugar, some pumpkin slices will satisfy your taste buds!
In fact, did you know that pumpkin is technically a fruit? Botanists consider fruit as “the part of the plant that develops from a flower” (Nelson et al., 2012). However, from a culinary point of view, pumpkin can be seen as a vegetable, since it is less sweet and served as part of the main dish. Actually, this doesn’t really matter much, since both fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins, antioxidants and fiber, which is so important for stay in good health.
The recipe that I have written in this blog is perfectly suitable for any kind of occasion. You can use it as a treat at a dinner party, or simply snack on it throughout the day.
• 1/2 pumpkin (peeled, cut into small slices)*
• 2 tbsp. honey
• 1 handful walnuts (optional)
1. Place pumpkin slices on a large baking dish and drizzle with a little water.
2. Roast for 20 min. Then pull out the slices, and sprinkle with honey, cinnamon and walnuts on each piece. Cook for another 10 min.**
3. Serve warm or cold.
* Ideally, search for already cut pumpkin slices in the supermarket, so you don’t bother cutting and cleaning a whole pumpkin by yourself.
** The cooking time may differ depending on the thickness of the pumpkin.
Nutrition: Sweet and at the same time low in calories, pumpkin slices are the perfect healthy treat. Filled with fiber, it aids weight loss. Pumpkin also contains great amounts of the antioxidant beta-carotene, which the body converts into a type of vit. A that is very beneficial for eye health and can keep the skin free from wrinkles!