Stuffed Pumpkin.

 STUFFED PUMPKIN.
Ingredients.
  • 1 medium pumpkin.
  • 1 sliced big onion.
  • 200 ml milk.
  • 1 dsp corn flour.
  • 250g minced meat.
  • 2 medium blanched tomatoes.
  • 2 tbs cooking oil.
Methods.
Preparation of the pumpkin;
  1. Carefully and decoratively cut a hole of 6-10 cm diameter around the top the the pumpkin.
  2. Keep the cut out piece intact. Pill it out.
  3. With a spoon and knife, scoop out the soft middle party of the pumpkin. The seeds may be cleaned and cooked also.
Preparation of the stuffing;
  1. Fry the onions in oil till tender.
  2. Add the tomatoes and cook till ready.
  3. Add the minced meat, flour and cook for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add in enough milk to make a very thick sauce.
  5. Stuff the pumpkin.
  6. Return the cover.
  7. Place in a prepared pan for streaming. Cover well with banana leaves and steam for 1 and half hours.
  8. When ready, remove from the fire and leave to cool slightly.
  9. Place a cooked banana leaf on a flat basket. Carefully lift the pumpkin out of the pan and place on the basket.


Health Benefits Of Including Stuffed Pumpkin In your Diet.
  1. Rich in vitamins and minerals: Pumpkin is a good source of essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and various B vitamins.

  2. High in fiber: Pumpkin contains dietary fiber, which aids in digestion and helps regulate bowel movements. A diet high in fiber can also contribute to a feeling of fullness, potentially assisting with weight management.

  3. Low in calories: Stuffed pumpkin can be relatively low in calories compared to other dishes, making it a suitable option for those looking to manage their calorie intake while still enjoying a satisfying meal.

  4. It supports eye health: The beta-carotene in pumpkin is a precursor to vitamin A, which is essential for maintaining good vision and eye health. Consuming foods high in beta-carotene can help prevent conditions like night blindness.

  5. Promotes weight management: The combination of fiber, low calories, and a filling nature can make stuffed pumpkin a good choice for those aiming to control their weight or maintain a healthy weight.

  6. Delicious and satisfying: Beyond its nutritional benefits, stuffed pumpkin is a flavorful and satisfying dish that can make healthy eating more enjoyable and sustainable.

  7. Easy to customize: Stuffed pumpkin recipes can be customized to suit individual dietary preferences and restrictions. You can choose ingredients that align with your dietary goals, whether you're vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or have other dietary needs.

  8. Heart health: The potassium content in pumpkin can help regulate blood pressure and support cardiovascular health. Additionally, the fiber in pumpkin may help lower cholesterol levels when consumed as part of a heart-healthy diet.

  9. Nutrient dense food: Stuffed pumpkin often includes a variety of nutritious fillings, such as quinoa, vegetables, beans, or lean protein sources like chicken or turkey. These ingredients add essential nutrients and protein to the meal, making it a well-rounded option.


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