Pumpkin is a type of squash. It’s technically a fruit, however it’s usually considered a vegetable.
I love this recipe because it only requires one pot, add all the ingredients in one at a time and allow to cook while you catch up on your latest tv show, read a book or brows on the gram! Ha
The flavours in the pot are some what magical I promise, from the sweetness of the carrots and pumpkins to the rich taste in the yams, the freshness from the herbs and kick you get from the spices. It will leave you going back for more.
Bulgur wheat is my number 1 go to for a quick dinner, lunch or if I want a substantial salad. It takes about 10 minutes to cook and you can make it with pretty much anything.
This recipe, which most of my fellow Africans will refer to it as bulgur jollof is bulgur wheat which is cooked in a sweet and spicy tomato sauce that gives it an array of flavours once you have added all your herbs and spices.
Okra which is also known as lady fingers in some regions is most commonly used in stews and soups for the majority of the African and Caribbean community, or in curries / stir fry’s within the Asian communities.
Never the less Okra is a nutritious vegetable that is often overlooked because of the slimy consistency it can produce when cooked in a certain way and so many people develop an okra-phobia. However this recipe is guaranteed to convert the fearers of okra, there is no slime and you really get to enjoy the natural flavours it gives out after roasting. It’s a delightful recipe that can be used as a snack or as a side to go with your main.
I love this dish because it’s so versatile and requires very little effort. Lentils are packed with nutrients and can be paired with almost anything. You can use lentils in soups, salads, casseroles, stews, or as a meat replacement for a great addition to a healthy diet.
I love chickpea, not just because of the nutritional facts but moreso because of how versatile they can be. They can be used in breakfasts, lunch, dinners, in curries, stews, as a snack (roasted or more commonly as a spread / dip when made into hummus.
A few reasons why we should be eating more chickpeas:
The protien and fiber in chickpeas may help keep your appetite under control.
Protein and fiber work synergistically to slow digestion, which helps promote fullness. In addition, protein may increase levels of appetite-reducing hormones in the body.
In fact, the filling effects of the protein and fiber in chickpeas may automatically lower your calorie intake throughout the day and at meals.
Now let’s start with blueberries...... often referred to as a superfood, brain food etc. These little gems are pretty much the kings of antioxidants. Blueberries are believed to contain the highest antioxidant capacity of ALL commonly consumed fruits and vegetables.
The antioxidants in blueberries seem to have benefits for the brain, helping to improve brain function and delaying age-related decline. Other studies have shown that blueberries have anti-diabetic effects, helping to improve insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar levels.
So when it comes to blueberries feel free to over indulge, have them daily if you can add them in your juices, smoothies or like now in your morning muffins!
I started FSK to make healthy eating accessible to everyone. I hope FSK will inspire you to enjoy cooking and eating great wholesome foods, that will gear you to having a balanced diet and also help you to maintain your fitness goals.