Pumpkin – A Super Vegan Food!

Pumpkin – A Super Vegan Food!

 Did you know that pumpkin is now heralded as one of the vegan  ‘Super Foods?’

According to Dr. Steven Pratt, author of SuperFoods Rx: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life, “Well, pumpkin is one of the most nutritionally valuable vegan super foods known to man. Moreover, it’s inexpensive, available year-round in canned form, incredibly easy to incorporate into recipes, high in fiber, low in calories, and packs an abundance of disease-fighting nutrients.”

What exactly makes pumpkin so super vegan food? The powerful antioxidants known as carotenoids give this food its super status. Carotenoids have the ability to ward off the risk of various types of cancer and heart disease, along with, cataracts and macular degeneration. Dr. Pratt mentions many other disease-fighting superfoods in his book as well, but we are most interested in pumpkin because of the year-round availability and ease of use in a canned form.

How can we add this wonder food to our diets throughout the year? Take advantage of the benefits and great taste of pumpkin with the following delicious Pumpkin Recipes.

Any day Pumpkin Pancakes

2-1/2 cups flour

1 cup of vegan butter

1 tsp. salt

2-1/4 tsp. soda

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 cup of pumpkin

Measure flour into a bowl and add dry ingredients. Stir in vegan butter and add pumpkin. Mix Well. Cook on hot griddle or skillet until golden brown.316746137_179e30deb5_z

Pumpkin Spiced Muffins

1/3 cup  vegan butter or margarine, softened

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs substitutes

1 cup pumpkin

1/4 cup soya milk

2 cups flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ginger

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl cream butter with brown sugar. Beat in eggs, then pumpkin and vegan milk. In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder, spices, salt and baking soda. Add to the creamed mixture. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.Pumpkin_Corn_Muffins



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