Pumpkins are great decorations for the Harvest and Halloween season. And, not only that, they are a great thing to eat all year round! Check out a few great recipes where you can enjoy that jack-o-lantern for a little bit longer!!
Jodi roasts/dehydrates her pumpkin seeds (with cayenne, pepper, garlic, yummy snack!) and this year will make pumpkin puree to dehydrate and store for use in the winter. Here are a couple of her recipes:
Pumpkin and Cashew Stir Fry
- 2 TBSP oil (we use grapeseed)
- 1 cup cashew nuts
- 1 leek, white part only (most of the time we use green onions!)
- 2 tsp ground coriander
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp brown mustard seeds
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- ~ 2 lb of sweet pumpkin, cubed (we use butternut squash the rest of the year)
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- steamed rice, to serve
1. Heat a large wok or stainless steel pan until very hot. Add half the oil and swirl to coat the side. Stir-fry the cashews over medium heat until golden, then remove using a slotted spoon and drain.
2. Stir-fry the leek (or green onion!) for 2-3 minutes, or until softened. Remove from pan.
3. Reheat the pan, add the remaining oil and stir-fry the spices and garlic until fragrant and the mustard seeds begin to pop.
4. Add the pumpkin and stir to coat well. Stir fry until the pumpkin is brown and tender.
5. Add the orange juice and sugar, bring to a boil and reduce heat and cook for 5 minutes. Return the leek (or green onions), add most of the cashews and toss well.
Sprinkle with the remaining cashews and serve with steamed rice.
Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec but spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick after graduating from University. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 7 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!