Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Idiot's Guide #5: Spice Roast Pumpkin

In all honesty there can be too much of a good thing...I love my job because of all the food reviews and events I get to go to...but when they all happen at the same time it can make a person weary of the exact thing they love! Which is why this week I am exhausted at the thought of food...I don't want to eat any more of it...I don't want to cook it...or smell it...all that pleasure has drained away because there has simply been too much. I am full...simply put. No desires...just full.

This is why when I was trying to figure out what in the world to make for lunch today I decided to go with something that would fill my stomach just enough to keep me going...but with a lot of nutritional content and no heaviness or greasiness! Just pure simple comfort food.

I had a pumpkin in my fridge that needed to be cooked...and so I decided to just chop it into cubes and toss with a few spices and roast...very simple but nutritious. Pumpkin is very high in carotenoids that are really good at neutralizing free radicals. They also have a lot of nutrients like iron, zinc, and I figured a tupperware of this for lunch would be just fine!

Spice Roast Pumpkin
1/4 Pumpkin cut in cubes
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Coriander
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp Olive Oil

Heat oven to 150C. Toss pumpkin cubes with all the spices and coat with olive oil. Using your hands to do this makes for a more even spread of the spices. Spread the pumpkin cubes out on a baking dish and pop in the oven for 30mins or till the cubes are tender. Enjoy!


Arwen from Hoglet k said...

It's nice to have something simple for a change. I like spiced pumpkin with yoghurt.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I know how you feel-when we travel we eat out so much that sometimes I'm just craving a salad!

Alexandra@Chefspiration said...

Arwen - Ohh..the addition of yoghurt sounds great...gotta try that :) I'm still off of food today so I was going to just have some yoghurt for lunch.

Lorraine - Tell me about it! All I want is something light and refreshing...