Pumpkin is for more than just carving and decorating your home in fall. As one of this season’s top health foods, pumpkin is rich in antioxidants like carotenes which are credited with supporting our immune system, promoting gorgeous skin and maintaining healthy vision. That vibrant orange hue lets you know just how good pumpkin is for us. And roasting pumpkin is easy and saves well for leftovers. Toss it into your favorite salad or main dish for a healthy dose of fiber and vitamins.
- Prep Time15 min
- Cook Time45 min
- Total Time1 hr
- Energy190 cal
For the salad
- 1 sugar/cooking pumpkin, including seeds
- 1 large beet
- 2 cups greens
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- sea salt and black pepper, to taste
For the dressing
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/2 lime, juice only
- 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 tsp dijon or spicy mustard
- sea salt and pepper, to taste
Preparing the salad
Preheat oven to 400 F
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Wash pumpkin, then cut stem off pumpkin by making a circle and pulling it off of the pumpkin.
Remove seeds and place in colander to rinse and remove strings. Set aside to let dry.
Cut pumpkin into sections, scrape away remaining strings and peel off outer skin. Then chop into chunks.
Wash beet, peel and cut off ends. Then slice into chunks.
Place garlic (whole and unpeeled), beet slices, pumpkin chunks and seeds onto parchment paper.
Drizzle olive oil then sprinkle red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
Bake for 20-40 minutes until pumpkin and beets are tender. Watch seeds and bake for less time, until golden brown.
Let seeds, pumpkin and beets cool.
Meanwhile, wash lettuce well and chop. Then add to bowl.
Add cooled root veggies to bowl and mix with dressing.
Portion into large bowl or plate, garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds. Enjoy!
Save extra roasted pumpkin and seeds for a snack or add to your favorite dish.
For the dressing
Add olive oil, juice from lime, maple syrup, mustard, salt and pepper to blender or food processor.
Peel and chop shallot then place into blender.
Squeeze roasted garlic out of peel and add to blender.
Blend well adding more seasoning as needed to taste.
Store extra dressing for about 7-10 days in the fridge in an air-tight container.
additions & substitutions
Weight Loss & Lifestyle Program:
Add in one of the following lean proteins/serving:
- Add 3-4 oz chicken, meat, or tofu
- Add 4-6 oz fish or shellfish
- 2 servings per container
- Amount per serving
- % Daily Value*
- Total Fat14 g17.95%
- Saturated Fat2 g10%
- Trans Fat0 g
- Total Carbohydrate18 g6.55%
- Dietary Fiber3 g10.71%
- Total Sugars9 g
- Protein2 g4%