Vegan Fall Cooking

Welcome the Fall with your favorite pumpkin and butternut squash dishes!

pumpkin♥About Pumpkins: Did you know that pumpkins are a great source of fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins? Before the discovery of corn, American Indians used to grow pumpkins for food. This vegetable, which is a type of squash, helped them get through the long winters. In the 16th century, European colonizers noticed the pumpkins being grown by the native tribes and shortly after, pumpkin became a staple in their diets as well. Later on, Columbus carried some pumpkin seeds back to Europe, where the vegetable soon became very popular.

♥About Butternut Squash: A close cousin of the pumpkin, butternut squash is a popular ingredient in many holiday recipes such as: soups, casseroles, stews, breads, dips, side dishes, and pies. Because it contains Butternut squash seeds, which are a rich source of zinc and mono-unsaturated fatty acids, butternut squash is considered a fruit. Its sweet, buttery, deep orange, succulent pulp is a great source of fiber, carotene, antioxidants,  vitamins (A, B and C), and minerals (calcium, iron, and potassium). As with most vegetables and fruits, the skin of this winter squash is also high in phytonutrients, so buying organic and consuming its peel, seeds and pulp is the best way to get the most out of this amazing fall quintessential food!

Have a wonderful Fall!