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Pumpkin Spice Warm Drink

pumpkin spice drink

We couldn’t help ourselves to continue with the “all-things-pumpkin” trend. But we have a good excuse, you should try this beverage! Or our cake or salad!

Ingredients

3 cups skim milk

1 cup pumpkin puree

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

2 tsp vanilla extract

Optional: whipped cream, cinnamon or caramel

Serves: 4

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a blender. Place the lid; mix well. Pour over a saucepan over medium heat and stir constantly until it starts to simmer. Remove from the heat; pour into mugs.

Optional: top with whipped cream and sprinkle cinnamon or drizzle caramel sauce.

Variations:

To make it a latte, add a 1oz shot of espresso to each mug.

Slightly adapted from: Five Heart Home.


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Pumpkin & Spinach Salad

pumpkin spinach

It’s a warm salad with a trending ingredient: pumpkin. It has got great flavour. You may serve it alone, or as an accompaniment to a main course. You may also keep it vegetarian or add cooked chicken to include some protein.

 

Ingredients

1kg of Pumpkin or 1 medium butternut squash

3 tbsp butter

350g crimini mushrooms

40g almonds (optional)

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

½ tbsp olive oil

juice of half a lemon

500g baby spinach

salt and pepper

Serves: 4

 

Directions

Remove the skin of the pumpkin and cut into 1cm chunks (or about half an inch). Melt the butter in a large skillet. Cook the pumpkin at medium-high heat. Season with salt and pepper until cooked through. Transfer to a bowl. In the same pan cook the mushrooms until done. Transfer to another bowl. If using almonds, heat them in the same pan and remove.  Pour the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice and a dash of water. Mix well.

Wash the baby spinach and divide among the dishes. Place a layer of pumpkin, one of mushrooms, almonds (if using) and drizzle the dressing. Serve while it is still warm.

Source: Adapted from Cocina Vegetariana Paso a Paso, Parragon Books.