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Now that another Halloween has passed, the shops will be looking to offload their surplus pumpkins as quickly as possible to make way for Christmas; you may have thought that pumpkins are good for nothing but carving, but actually you can make turn them into pretty tasty treats. Here are just a few pumpkin recipes to introduce this unusual food to your children:-
- Toasted pumpkin seeds: Scrape out the seeds from the middle of a pumpkin, dry fry them in a heavy based frying pan for 4 to 5 minutes and eat! For adults, add a little bit of olive oil and salt, but leave unsalted for children.
- Pumpkin Puree: Perfect for babies! Cut your pumpkin in half, cover each half with foil and bake in the oven for an hour. Blend the flesh and freeze into ice cube trays.
- Pumpkin Soup: Cook the pumpkin as above, add to a pint of chicken or vegetable stock and blend.
- Pumpkin Pasta: Cook some pasta, dice some pumpkin and sautee it in a skillet with a lid for 3 - 5 minutes. Toss into your cooked pasta, add a tablespoon of creme fraiche and serve.
- Pumpkin Curry: follow any traditional chicken curry recipe substituting diced pumpkin for the meat.
We tend not to consider pumpkin as a food, rather a novelty item to adorn Halloween, but actually it's very versatile and can be used in lots of different ways! Look out a pumpkin in the post-Halloween sales and see for yourself!