13 healthy ways to use your leftover pumpkin flesh this Halloween half term
With Halloween and half-term falling on the same week, there are plenty of craft opportunities and activities to keep the kids entertained. One of these is carving a pumpkin to make a spooky Jack-o’-lantern but did you know that 8 million pumpkins (equivalent to 18,000 tonnes) of edible pumpkin flesh is thrown away each year in the UK?
95% of the pumpkins grown here are hollowed out to make lanterns and out of the 40% of consumers who buy fresh pumpkins for this reason, 60% don’t use the flesh.
There are so many delicious and healthy recipes you can make using pumpkin flesh, so why not try your hand at one of these after you’ve carved your pumpkin.
Make use of your pumpkin or other squashes by creating this delicious winter veg curry, packed full of vegetables it’s an excellent healthy dinner and vegetarian friendly! Make it vegan by substituting the natural yoghurt with a dairy free alternative.
A great base for plenty of recipes and ideal for any pumpkin spiced bakes you have planned, pumpkin puree is ideal. It will last up to a week in the fridge, or you can freeze it until it’s needed. You can even make a homemade baby food!