I love warm, comfort food during winter. Food that is very nourishing and healing for both your inside and outside! 🥰
Did you know that pumpkin is not only a versatile, healthy vegetable, it also greatly benefits the skin?
Some of the beneficial enzymes and vitamins in pumpkin include:
- Alpha hydroxy acids
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
A derivative of vitamin A, beta-carotene, boosts collagen production to help minimize wrinkles. Beta-carotene also helps to reverse UV damage and improve uneven skin pigmentation. So, if you have any dark spots or freckles, pumpkin is the superfood for you.
Because of its high content of magnesium, zinc, and antioxidants, the pumpkin seed oil is especially useful in preventing the signs of aging. It promotes moisture retention and improves the skin’s elasticity. We use pumpkin seed oil in our lux Nourish Too to Toe oil.
This roast pumpkin and chickpea curry recipe that I recently created, is not only absolutely delicious, it is also quick to make. I like to roast the pumpkin and sweet potato if you choose to use that too so that it doesn’t break up during the cooking process, or you can add it early on in the dish so you only use one pot.
PUMPKIN & CHICKPEA CURRY
- 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 2 Garlic Cloves Crushed
- 2cm Ginger Grated
- 1 Red Onion Diced
- 1 Heaped tsp Curry Powder
- 1 tsp Cardamom Powder
- 1tsp Garam Masala
- Handful Chopped Cashews
- 1/2 Sweet Potato optional cubed
- 1/2 Capsicum optional
- 500gm Pumpkin cubed
- 1 tin Organic Chickpeas drained
- Handful peas or beans optional
- 1 Tomato chopped
- Handful spinach and coriander optional
- 1/2 Tin Organic Coconut Cream or Milk
- S & P
Cook sweet potato and pumpkin in the oven or air frier for approx 20 minutes while you prep the rest of the ingredients. Alternatively, cook the pumpkin and sweet potato with the onion in the coconut oil for 10 minutes. Or sweat the onion on its own for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, spices and cashews, cook for 5 minutes.
Add coconut milk, other vegetables, chickpeas and salt and pepper and cook for another 10 minutes. Lastly (add the roast pumpkin and sweet potato) and any greens and herbs.
Serve with rice, quinoa, or simply an easy buckwheat flat bread.
Find our recipe here for our pizza base that can also be cooked in a hot fry pan with some coconut oil to make a flat bread. https://www.barebeautyessentials.com.au/beauty-news/simple-nutritious-buckwheat-pizza-base/