Sunday Cooking With Crys: Diet Tip Of The Week (III)


It’s that time of year, so for this week I want to talk about pumpkin. I, like many people, generally only like to eat pumpkin in a sweet context, but recently I’ve been finding recipes for salty pumpkin dishes that are actually pretty awesome. Pumpkin is very filling, high in fiber and much lower in calories than sweet potatoes, in fact if you follow Weight Watchers, pumpkin has 0 points.

Today, I’m making a creamy, spicy pumpkin curry, for which I have a vegetarian and a fish variation.

 

For a large pot of curry (6 genereous portions), you will need

1 hokkaido pumpkin

2 onions

3 cloves of garlic

1 spicy chilli

2 tablespoons of fresh, minced ginger

1 can of chickpeas, drained

1/2 tsp each of cumin, coriander, cinnamon and tumeric

500gr of fat-free, natural yogurt

4 tablespoons of coconut milk*

8 large tomatoes

vegetable stock

Variation: replace the fresh tomatoes for a can of chopped tomatoes, and add 600gr of pollock or cod.

*In order to cut down further on calories, you might be tempted to use reduced-fat coconut milk here. However, reduced-fat coconut milk is no more than regular coconut milk mixed with water. Because of this, I just use less normal coconut milk, which is what this recipe reflects.

 

So, the procedure is quite simple. Just add the garlic, chili and ginger to the hot oil, then add the chopped onions and spices, then add all the other vegetables and the stock and allow it to cook through. When it is cooked add the coconut milk, turn off the heat, and blend through the yoghurt when it has somewhat cooled down.

This recipe makes 12 portions of curry, so you might want to halve it if you’re not cooking for many people or, unlike me, you don’t enjoy eating the same thing for lunch every day of the week. It is also a recipe that is incredibly high in fiber, very filling and, if you follow weight watchers, only 2 points per portion. The upside to that is how very filling it is, and if you’re having trouble going to the bathroom (a common problem if you’ve suddenly and drastically reduced your fat intake in an effort to eat healthier) this will solve that problem right away. If you don’t have problems going to the bathroom and actually have problems with bloating… well… you might want to skip this one.

And if this aside conversation about poop has made you uncomfortable well, sorry about that, but I’m Italian and as I’ve said before, bringing conversations back around to poop is kind of what we do.

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