The good stuff:
- As a rule of thumb, anything orange is good for you. Meaning, it’s most likely rich in beta-carotene antioxidant (which happens to be the case of pumpkin). Beta-carotene is particularly good for eye vision, a strong immunity system & smooth, supple skin.
- Pumpkin is also rich in fiber, which is necessary for a healthy colon all while making you feel full for longer.
- The seeds- which are completely edible- are one of the best plant-based sources of protein, magnesium & tritophan (an amino acid which helps you sleep better)
- Pumpkin, sliced into wedges
- Coconut oil
- Cayenne pepper
- Garlic powder
- Pinch of salt
- Chopped walnuts (optional)
- Olive oil (optional)
- Fresh basil, chopped (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 400F
- Place your pumpkin wedges on a baking tray. Drizzle coconut oil on top. Sprinkle cayenne pepper, garlic powder and pinch of salt.
- With your hands, rub this mixture into the pumpkin well. Wash your hands- important, do not rub your eyes, the cayenne pepper will burn!
- Bake for 20-30 minutes until soft.
- While that’s baking, mix olive oil + basil + chopped walnuts. Set aside.
- When the pumpkin is baked, you can serve it with the basil-walnut oil. I find it delicious that way 🙂