Life for the Pumpkin after Halloween


Were you lucky enough to find an edible pumpkin for your jack-o-lantern? If so, you can peel it, cut it into 1-inch squares, and steam it. When it’s very tender, puree it in a blender or food processor to a smooth pulp. Now you can turn it into Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Soup, or Pumpkin Pie.

My breads have to be gluten free. You can substitute all-purpose flour one-for-one in this recipe. Or use one cup white flour and 3/4cup whole-wheat flour.

Gluten Free
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Beat well:
3/4 cup brown sugar
5 Tablespoons butter, softened
2 eggs
Combine and stir in:
1 cup home-cooked, pureed pumpkin or 1 cup canned pumpkin pulp
1/3 cup milk (dairy, soy, or almond)
Sift and mix in with a wooden spoon
1 /34 cups sorghum flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
Stir in, optional:
½ cup raisins

Oil a 9x-9-inch baking dish. Preheat it 6 minutes. Pour in the batter. Bake in the center to 1 hour. This is a very moist, cake-like bread. It tastes great warm or cold.

3 Servings
Combine in a saucepan and heat to steaming:
1/2 cup pumpkin pulp
2 teaspoons chicken granules or 2 bouillon cubes
1/4 cup hot water
Blend to a smooth slurry and stir in:1 Tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons curry powder
2 Tablespoons water or milk

Stir-cook until thickened. Serve hot. Wholegrain bread or toast goes well with this.

Nutri-Tip: Milk, cream, and real butter all contain Omega-3 fats that help reduce heart attack risk,m lower triglycerides, and enhance retinal health. They are vital ingredients for healthy cells of all sorts. Every little bit of Omega-3 helps to balance the plentiful Omega-6 and Omega-9 fats in our diets. Olive oil, canola oil, and walnuts also yield Omega-3 fats.

All eggs give you some Omega-3s. An ordinary egg has about 25 milligrams of DHA and 25 mg. of ALA, but ALA Omega-3 is not as useful to our bodies as DHA and EPA.

Salmon is the richest source of these two most valuable Omega-3 fats, DHA and EPA with about 125 milligrams of DHA per serving plus some E