A Joyful Kitchen: Roasted Pumpkin

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pumpkin makes my heart sing. I am happy to eat it all year round, but it really feels right to be eating it in the fall. Too bad I'm living in Florida and it still looks every bit of summer as it did on the 4th of July. Oh well. Pumpkin makes me feel like I am back in the Midwest where fall brings cooler temperatures and beautiful new scenery.
So there's pumpkin to be eat that doesn't come in a can? Yes, it's true. Roasting a bit of pumpkin is so easy and can be made very healthy. This is not the kind of pumpkin dish to be slathered in butter or covered in marshmallow! Just enjoy the flavor of the pumpkin for what it is. This is also not a strict recipe so there are no measurements. Experiment and see what flavors you want to draw out the most.


Roasted Pumpkin

Ingredients:
Fresh pumpkin (I use Jamaican calbaza because it is handy, but others would probably work, too)
Walnuts
Dried cranberries
Maple syrup
Cinnamon
Olive oil

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Discard the seeds of the pumpkin (or set aside if you plan to roast them as an additional treat). Remove the skin of the pumpkin. (It may be easier to carefully chop this off instead of trying to use a peeler.) Cut the pumpkin into approximately 1 square inch pieces. No need to be exact here. The important thing is that the pieces are roughly the same size so they cook evenly.

Toss the cut pumpkin, walnuts, dried cranberries, maple syrup and cinnamon into a baking dish. Remember, the quantity is going to be to your liking. Add a drizzle of olive oil - just enough to prevent sticking to the pan. Stir everything together to make sure the pumpkin has been evenly coated. Put the dish in the oven and cook for 20 minutes. Carefully stir the ingredients and cook for another 20 minutes.

That's it! You can get the kitchen cleaned up well before this is done baking and your house will smell nice to boot :)

1 comments:

Aubrey West @ Healthy Easy Recipes said...

What a healthy recipe! Thanks for posting it. I'm looking forward for more healthy easy recipes here in you blog.

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