Monday, January 6, 2014

Pumpkin Spinach Mash-up

I know what you're all going to say, this is the easiest recipe of all time. It's just pumpkin and spinach, is there really a need for a 'recipe'? Well here's what I say to that... I'm a college-aged food blogger. I like 'easy', 'simple' recipes. 

Pumpkins, being a popular vegetable of choice during Thanksgiving are commonly consumed in dessert form. I for one have made multiple Pumpkin Dessert Recipes (links at the bottom of this post). Even though pumpkin is most popular around November, that means, the organic canned pumpkin is even cheaper at your local organic health food store. 

Pumpkins are a class of winter squash, characterized by their huge round shape and orange color. These bright orange globular vegetables are full of nutrients such as: Beta-Carotene (Vitamin A), Potassium and Vitamin C. Additionally, not only can you use the entire flesh of the pumpkin, the pumpkin seeds, sometimes referred to as pepitas, can be baked, seasoned and snacked on. The seeds are also full of, Magnesium, Copper and Zinc, important minerals our bodies need to conduct everyday activities. For example, Magnesium is a crucial step in 300 biochemical reactions occurring in the body. Specifically it is responsible for detoxification. 

See! Pumpkins are more than just jack-o-lanterns and desserts, they provide necessary nutrients to the body. Besides the regular nutritional facts on this recipe, I also wanted to tell everyone all the vitamins/minerals this side dish contains (primarily due to the pumpkin). 
This dish is high in: fiber, iron, manganese, magnesium, niacin, potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Potassium and Riboflavin. Additionally, it has NO cholesterol and minimal to no saturated fat. With only ~100 calories, for a side dish this filling... you can't go wrong! 
2 cup pureed Organic pumpkin (either homemade or canned)
1/4 c. filtered water 
1 handful baby spinach
1/2 c. yellow onion, diced
1 tsp. garlic powder
sea salt & black pepper 

Yields ~ 2 servings

Directions: Place pureed Pumpkin in a saucepan over medium heat. When heated, add in water, spinach and onion. Place a lid over the pan and simmer for 3 minutes. This will cause spinach to become tender (but not overcooked). Then add garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste. Mix together with a spatula and plate up. 

Other Pumpkin Recipes:

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