As fall rolls around and the baking pumpkins and squash ripen in the garden, there are all sorts of delicious recipes for these fall treasures. When savory or sweet, the squash and pumpkin family can be extremely versatile in the kitchen. Unfortunately many of them require mixing batters or soups and complex cooking or baking.
One of my favorite pumpkin recipes is actually extremely simple. You can make a personal serving size in five minutes or less any time you like once the pumpkin has been baked. It is the perfect nutrient dense fall treat.
Healthy And Easy Pumpkin Recipe Ingredients
- Baking Pumpkin
- Egg Yolk: pasture raised is best
- Coconut Oil or Butter (or both!)
- Maple Syrup or Honey
What Is Animal Based Eating?
Animal based eating is a diet that consists of eating primarily animal foods. This includes meat, organs, and dairy. It also encourages the eating of seasonal fruits and natural sweeteners such as honey and maple syrup. While nuts, grains, and vegetables are a part of the diets of some who eat animal based, they are not the major source of nutrients.
This type of eating was the norm prior to World War II and the industrialization of our food system. Many people either raised their own animals, purchased meat from local farmers, or a butcher who also sourced his stock from local farmers.
Additionally, seasonal fruits and vegetables were available grown in gardens or stocked in local grocery stores. There weren’t the limitless options that we have today, so people made the most of what was available and consumed things like organ meats. Organ meats were and still are a cheaper option than more expensive cuts of meat.
Why Choose Animal Based Eating?
Animal based eating, in contrast to our modern industrialized food system offers several health benefits. For starters, it eliminates the chemicals and additives that are included in processed foods to extend shelf life, make them tastier and more addictive, and more profitable for the companies that produce them. Processed food also contains seed oils and refined sugars which are inflammatory and linked to a number of chronic diseases.
Instead of seed oils, chemicals, additives and refined sugars, the animal based diet provides clean, nutrient dense ingredients that fuel the body. Meat, organs, dairy, fruit, and honey provide diverse and extensive nutrients. Eggs, butter and milk provide essential nutrients such as vitamin D and choline and fruit and honey provide energy in the form of carbohydrates in addition to a number of micronutrients.
In recent years, modern culture has shied away from consuming organ meats, considering them inedible. However, they are extremely nutrient dense! Just one ounce of liver contains several essential nutrients including vitamins A, B6, and B12, riboflavin, and folate. Additionally, these nutrients are extremely digestible and bioavailable in contrast to when these nutrients are found in plants and protected by defense chemicals. I’ll admit, adding liver to my diet was required some palate acquisition. It is definitely an acquired taste. If you have just one ounce at a time, it is much more manageable to adjust to. In fact, I now crave a good bite of liver!
How To Make Easy and Healthy Pumpkin Recipe
Quick and Healthy Pumpkin Snack Recipe
- 1 Small Bowl
- 1/2 cup Roasted Pumpkin puree if preferred
- 1 Egg Yolk pasture-raised
- 1 Tbsp Butter or Coconut Oil (or both!)
- dash Cinnamon
- dash Nutmeg
- dash salt
- 1 Tbsp Cream or Half and Half optional
- Chopped Nuts optional
- Warm pumpkin in saucepan with water if needed. See instructions below for more details.
- In a small bowl, mix together egg yolk, butter or coconut oil, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
- Stir in warmed pumpkin.
- Add cream for an extra creamy texture and chopped nuts for a bit of crunch. Enjoy!
How To Customize Easy Pumpkin Recipe
- Substitute baking pumpkin for squashes. Some of my favorites are buttercup, kabocha, and winter frost. Butternut works well too.
- Add a tablespoon of cream to the mixture to make it even creamier.
- Sprinkle chopped nuts on top for an added crunchy texture.
How To Reheat Easy Pumpkin Recipe
Once you have your pumpkin or squash roasted, it can be stored in the fridge or freezer if you don’t use it all right away. Pull out as much as you need and add it to a saucepan with a tablespoon of water. Add more as needed. Warm of low-medium heat for about 3-5 minutes or until warmed through. Stir occasionally to keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Once reheated, add the rest of the ingredients and enjoy!