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Cooking for One: Roasted Baby Pumpkin

Updated on September 18, 2014

Sliced baby pumpkin

Baby pumpkin - sliced
Baby pumpkin - sliced | Source

Pumpkin recipe: Roasted baby pumpkin with roast potatoes

I love pumpkins and my only regret is that we can buy so few varieties here in the UK. So when I spotted these in the supermarket I just had to buy them, they were so cute. I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with them at first. This vegetarian snack seemed the best use and they also made a great decoration in my window for Halloween beforehand.

This vegetarian recipe features baby pumpkins which makes it perfect when you are cooking for one person and you might not what to buy a huge pumpkin for yourself. You can use any pumpkin you want though. I roasted it with potatoes. This is a recipe for one person that can easily be adapted for - well - as many people as you like. Cater for one baby pumpkin and one potato per person. You will need to add a little extra cooking time the more ingredients you add. This is a delicious side dish, snack or simple lunch. I leave the skins on for presentation but remember not to eat the skin on the pumpkin but DO eat the skin of the potato, it is full of goodness. Research suggests the most nutrients are found within a quarter of a millimetre of the skin.

Pumpkins are one of the super foods, they are very low in fat and high in nutrition especially anti-oxidants which help prevent cancers and premature ageing. Scroll down to find out more about the health benefits of pumpkins.

So here you have a tasty snack that is really cheap and really healthy - win win for vegetarians.

Image: Baby Pumpkins by AnnMackieMiller

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Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 1
roasted pumpkin and potato
roasted pumpkin and potato

Ingredients

  • 1 baby pumpkin
  • 1 meditum potato
  • spray olive oil

Instructions

  1. Wash the skin of the pumpkin and the potato.
  2. Slice the potato into rings and place in a sauce pan. Cover with boiling water and par-boil for 10 minutes.
  3. Slice the pumpkin into rings and clean out the pulpy center and the seeds.
  4. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
  5. Drain the potato and dry them.
  6. Spray the baking tray with olive oil.
  7. Arrange the sliced potatoes and sliced pumpkin on the baking tray and spray with olive oil.
  8. Cook in the middle of a hot oven for 15 minutes.
  9. Turn all the slices over and spray with olive oil.
  10. Cook for a further 15 minutes, until the vegetables are soft.
  11. Arrange on the plate, alternating slices of pumpkin and slices of potato.
  12. Serve as a side dish or with a salad as a tasty low fat, low calorie lunch dish.

Nutrition value and cost in each portion

ingredient
calories
fat
protein
cost
pumpkin
30
0.1g
1.2g
50p
potato
100
0.2g
3.5g
25p
YOUR SNACK
130
0.3g
4.7g
75p
1 calorie spray olive oil from your stock cupboard

Nutritional values of pumpkins

Pumpkins are rich in loads of nutritional goodies. They contain potassium which is thought to be good for lower blood pressure. They are rich in anti oxidants, the factors that fight free radicals that cause cancer and aging as well as various cardio-vascular diseases. In addition they have mineral magnesium, zinc, iron and calcium; also vitamins C, B, A and E as well as folate acid. They are also a fairly good source of protein.

Health benefits of pumpkins

 
 
 
beta-carotine
thought to protect against certain types of cancer
anti-inflammatory effect can help with painful joints
carotenoids
thought to help prevent premature aging
 
lutein
thought to prevent formation of cataracts and degenerative eye conditions
 
potassium
can help reduce high blood pressure which can prevent strokes and heart disease
 
zinc
good for off-setting loss of bone density as you age, helps prevent osteroporosis. It is also good for brain activity
aids healthy skin
magnesium
helps keep bone and teeth healthy
 
Vit C
helps to boost the immune system and is thought to help in the fight against cancers
thought to help fight certain cancers
Vit E
healthy skin
 
Vit A
helps skin and eyes healthy
 
zeaxanthin
thought to help prevent degenerative eye conditions
 
Dietary fibre
helps maintain a healthy bowel and the digestive system in general
 
protein and fatty acids
essential components for keeping heart and brain healthy
helps regenerate and renew cells
iron
essential for healthy blood, helps general health
healthy growth and aids metabolism
Vit B complex
maintenance of healthy cells
aids in memory loss
manganese
maintains bone health
aids metabolism

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      RetroMom 5 years ago

      Lovely lens! I am a huge fan of pumpkins and your lens just gave me some ideas to try out. Thank you so much for sharing.

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Congratulations on your lens being chosen to be featured on the Fall Harvest Fest monsterboard. Have bookmarked this page into my recipes folder.

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      WayneDave LM 5 years ago

      Love me some pumpkin! Roasted or pumpkin pie will do just fine. Thanks for sharing this awesome lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      glad I browsed upon your lens tonight, made me hungry, gave you a 'thumbs up' from this avid food reader.

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      sidther lm 5 years ago

      This was very interesting. I have never tried eating pumpkin before as I do not like the smell of pumpkin pie and could not think of any other way to cook it. I will have to try this, thanks!

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      food monkey 5 years ago

      hmmm....very interesting!

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      favtoys 5 years ago

      Great lens, cute veggie pics.

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      ThatsYourPeople 5 years ago

      They're so cute! I just had pumpkin ice cream today for the first time. It was so much more delicious than I could have imagined.

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      LyricalVenus 5 years ago

      Looks tasty!

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      hlkljgk 5 years ago from Western Mass

      i never though of eating baby pumpkins.

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      Julia M S Pearce 5 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Oh lovely! Can't go past roasted baby pumps.

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      TeacherRenee 5 years ago

      So many great ideas!

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      hamshi5433 5 years ago

      You`re right baby pumpkins are cute! I`ve never tried roasted pumpkins before, I better tell mummy to make me some ha she will do it better. But I might add some spices to it [like a typical Sri-Lankan]. Very nice recipe.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This sounds delcious! I am going to try this one out. I love the sexy veggie poster!

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Yummy lens.

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