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November 7, 2019

The pumpkin is the most iconic squash representing Fall in America. Fossilized pumpkin seeds found in Mexico can be dated back to 7000 BC. The name "pumpkin" comes from "Pepon" or "large melon."
 

Fun Pumpkin Facts:

  • Pumpkins are loaded with Vitamin A and potassium.

  • Pumpkins are 90% water. 

  • Certain Native American groups traditionally dry strips of pumpkin to use as mats.

  • In colonial times, pumpkins were used to make dough for pies, not the filling! The classic "pumpkin pie" originated in the colonies but had a very different set up as we know the pie today. Colonists would cut off the tops of pumpkins, carve out the seeds, fill them with milk, spices and honey and would set them in hot ashes to cook.

  • In Chinese medicine they are used to dispel pathogenic wind to relieve pain and detoxify.

  • In Switzerland pumpkin and flour are used to make "gnocchi" instead of the classic russet potato.

  • You can also use pumpkins skin care, as Sarah will be explaining on our blog!

 

Flautas

4-5 Corn Tortillas

2 Tbsp Canola Oil

 

Pumpkin Filling

Half of a medium pie pumpkin or starchy squash like kabocha

1 Tbsp Vegan Butter (we like Miyoko's Cultured Vegan Butter!)

1 Tbsp choice of plant-based milk (coconut, almond, soy)

Salt to taste

 

Instructions

Cut your pumpkin in half and spoon out the seeds 

Cut into equal size pieces and peel off outer skin 

Place your pumpkin pieces in a steamer or metal colander over boiling water and let steam for 45-50 minutes or until pumpkin is tender

Remove from steamer pot and place in a bowl

While pumpkin is still hot, add remaining ingredients and mix well and set aside to cool

 

Sauces

Cashew Cream Dream Sauce

1 cup raw cashews soaked overnight

1/4 cup brewers yeast

1/4 cup olive oil

1 clove of garlic

Juice from half of lemon

2 ounces Braggs' or Coconut Secret Aminos

2 ounces water

Dash of salt

 

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend to a smooth consistency

 

Avocado Citrus Sauce

Use one large or 2 small avocados

¼ cup chopped cilantro

Juice of half a lime

1 Tbsp brewers yeast

1 Tbsp your choice of Liquid Aminos

1 Tbsp olive oil

Pinch of salt

3-4 Tbsp water (adjust if you need more)

 

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend to a creamy smooth consistency

 

Assembly

On a comal, or skillet, heat corn tortillas so they become soft. (Less than one minute, just enough for them to soften, do not let harden or begin to brown!)

Set aside under a kitchen towel to keep warm

Heat canola oil in a frying pan

While oil is heating up, take your pumpkin mixture and spoon a Tbsp or so onto a warm tortilla

Roll your tortilla into flauta shape and set aside. Continue making flautas, about 4-5 per batch

Place flautas into hot pan

With a pair of tongs, carefully turn flautas over and let each side brown 

When flautas are done, remove from pan and onto a plate with a paper towel 

To serve, take two flautas and place onto a serving plate

Spoon over creamy sauces

Add additional toppings: pomegranate seeds and/or roasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) -- you can use Go Raw Snacking Seeds!

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

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