Fall is in the air and pumpkins are everywhere! This week for Tasty Tuesday we have decided to feature a favorite fall delicacy: PUMPKINS!!!
Pumpkins are incredibly rich in fiber, vital antioxidants, and vitamins, especially Vitamins A, C & E. Vitmain A is a particularly essential vitamin for children as it promotes healthy growth!!! Vitamin A is a powerful natural anti-oxidant and is required by the body for maintaining the integrity of skin and mucus membranes. It is also an essential vitamin for good visual sight. Research studies suggest that natural foods rich in vitamin A help a body protects against lung and oral cavity cancers.
Without further adieu, here are two top kid friendly dishes to create from pumpkins!
Pumpkin Mac & Cheese (we made this yesterday after my toddler decided to smash one of our pumpkins we picked!)
1 box (8 oz.) whole wheat macaroni pasta
2 Tablespoon unsalted butter2 Tablespoon All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 cups milk, warmed
1 cup pureed pumpkin* (You can always use pureed sweet potatoe or butternut squash as well)
1 cup grated mild cheddar cheese
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
Quinoa Pumpkin Pancakes
Cook 1/2 cup quinoa (1/2 c raw + 1 c water, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10-15min. Start it and mix the rest of the stuff and it will be ready to add in at the end.)
In a bowl mix:
1 cup flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2tsp ground ginger
2 eggs, 3 tbs melted butter or oil, 1 cup pumpkin puree, 1 1/2 cups milk, 1 tsp lemon juice, and the cooked quinoa.
Mix it all up and adjust the consistency as needed. Cook in pan, top with maple syrup, some pecans or whatever you like.
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