Let's address it- the issue that sparks so heated a debate it’s a surprise no one has self-combusted. Yet.
Absolutely everything is pumpkin- pumpkin spice lattes , pumpkin rolls, pumpkin bread, pumpkin truffles- even pumpkin fro-yo. But no matter how much you rage against it, the line won't lower at Starbucks. The real problem isn't whether there should be things like pumpkin spiced Oreo's. The problem is that there aren't enough readily-available, healthy options.
Pumpkin is a power food. In its natural form, it's turbo-loaded with antioxidants and fiber, and super low in calories. One cup of pumpkin, cooked and mashed (no butter or salt) is 49 calories. How many other popular tastes are there that can pack that much in without weighing you down? With that few calories you have so much wiggle room for delicious additions to make it a meal. So we here at Svelte went to the kitchen to test out a recipe that can get your fill without giving you those dreaded pumpkin cheeks. Easy as cake (with no guilt).
Roasted Pumpkin with Kale and Grilled Tofu
1 peeled, seeded and diced pumpkin
1 Tbsp Oil
1/2 Bunch of kale, washed, tough stems removed and chopped into bite-size pieces
1 Cup chopped, drained tofu
1/4 C (heaping) Toasted walnuts (optional)
2 Tbsp Olive oil
1 Tbsp Maple syrup
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp Lemon juice
Salt & Pepper
Preheat oven to 400F. Toss diced pumpkin with 1 Tbsp oil, salt and pepper, spread on a baking sheet and roast for approx 25 minutes, stirring half-way through.
Meanwhile, whisk together olive oil, maple syrup, dijon mustard, lemon juice for the dressing and either steam the kale for a few minutes, just until it turns vibrant green, or massage with half the dressing (with your hands) until it softens. Set aside.
Do 5 pushups.
Spray a pan with cooking spray add a Tiny bit of salt and pepper. Set the heat on medium and let the pan get warm. Add the tofu and heat until the tofu gets a crisp golden brown (about 10 min). Remove from heat and add to the kale.
Do 7 squats.
When the pumpkin is ready, add to the kale along with half the dressing (if not yet added)and the walnuts. Add remaining dressing to taste.
Now eat and enjoy!