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Steamed Pumpkin and Greens w/ Indian Spices

For dinner today, I wasn’t too hungry and was craving some delicious pumpkin. You may not know this, but pumpkin is actually a very nutritious vegetable in addition to its pumpkin seeds. There are many minerals and vitamins, not to mention fiber, in just one cup of pumpkin – and it’s really calorie dense so it’s perfect for any dish. Tonight, I made some steamed pumpkin and greens as a side dish. They were healthy, delicious, and quick to make – perfect! I used a simple blend of spices because I wanted to keep my dinner light, but I have listed a few other optional spices you can add if you like! I chose spinach as my leafy green, but in addition, I chose to cook some bitter gourd, which is a famous vegetable in Indian dishes. Now, the side note to this is that bitter gourd is, like its name, bitter – very bitter. So, if you don’t like bitter things, definitely use the additional spices I recommended because you won’t enjoy this side dish otherwise. However, don’t be afraid to try it because bitter gourd is considered one of the top three healthiest vegetables because it is calorie dense and packed with so much fiber and healthy carbohydrates! Let me know how you like it – enjoy yummy pumpkin and bitter gourd 🙂

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The Recipe

Yields 1 Serving

Serving Size: 1 bowl

1 cup pumpkin, chopped

1 cup raw spinach leaves

1 cup bitter gourd, diced

1 tsp lemon zest (optional)

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp salt and pepper for taste (optional if needed)

1/2 tsp garlic powder or 1 tsp freshly grated garlic

1 tbsp sesame seeds

1 tsp – 1 tbsp cumin seeds

1 tsp turmeric powder

1 chunk of jaggery or 1 tsp brown sugar (this is especially for those who don’t enjoy bitter things – the jaggery/brown sugar will evenly balance out the bitterness so you can enjoy the vegetables without the bitter back-taste)

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Directions

1. Place all of your cut vegetables into a pot and cook with the olive oil and spices. Enjoy!