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Cooking With Pumpkins

Halloween is right around the corner and pumpkin season is in full swing. Aside from store-bought pumpkin pies and Pumpkin Spice lattes, cooking with pumpkin can be quite delicious.

Pumpkins are part of the squash family and their beautiful orange flesh is a tell-tale sign that they are rich in beta carotene.  Beta carotene has powerful antioxidant functions and is a precursor to vitamin A, which is important for eye health. Pumpkins are also high in potassium, which is great for the heart and helps to lower blood pressure.

If you’re throwing a Halloween party, try incorporating pumpkins in your recipes. You can repurpose your jack-o-lanterns (if they haven’t been out too long) or pick up a fresh one. Being part of the squash family, it cooks much like a squash. Simply cut it into halves or quarters and remove the seeds (you can save these to roast for later).  Pop it in the oven until it is fork-tender and then let it cool. Peel off the skin, puree, and voila! Use it for classic pumpkin recipes or modify some of your favorite dishes.

With the weather cooling down, you may want to try this Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup recipe via The flavors of coconut, curry, and pumpkin complement each other well and are sure to warm you up. What’s even better is that prep is simple and it can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes.

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From your friends at The Brick Your Neighborhood Deli, please enjoy a safe & happy Halloween weekend. See you on Monday!