Fall has arrived which means that All Hallows Even (Halloween) is upon us!
This is often the time that weight loss for women can veer off track and lead to weight gain.
A healthy recipe to add to your diet is the ideal tool to help you continue to lose belly fat and stay in shape for the party season.
This recipe is perfect as the nights are closing in. The spices will warm you up, it’s full of nutrients and pumpkin is in season, an ideal time to make this dish. There’s also plenty of garlic so no chance of a “Twilight” situation happening here!!
Pumpkins are a good source of fiber, which is important in your daily diet for keeping your blood sugar levels steady. They also have potassium which helps keep your blood pressure stable and heart health healthy.
Scarily Spicy Pumpkin, Chickpea & Rice Supper
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
1 Medium Pumpkin – Peeled, deseeded and chopped into small chunks
1 400g can of organic chickpeas – Opened and rinsed
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 Medium white onion – Peeled and diced
2 Large cloves of garlic – Peeled and chopped
1 Small red chilli – Cut off top/bottom and finely dice
1 Large yellow bell pepper – Cored, deseeded and sliced into strips
1 400g can of organic plum tomato’s – Take off tops and roughly mush in a bowl using your hand
1 tsp. Ground cumin
1 tsp. Ground chilli powder (hot)
1 Pinch All Spice
Ground black pepper to taste
160g Long grain organic brown rice
¼ Cup pumpkin seeds
¼ Cup sunflower seeds
Preheat oven to 375 °F
Prepare the pumpkin
Put 1 tbsp. olive oil into a roasting pan, add the pumpkin chunks and toss in oil
Place roasting pan into oven for around 20 minutes or until brown on the outside and tender on the inside
Bring a medium pan of water to the boil, pour in rice and cook as stated on the pack
Take a deep frying pan and add…Olive oil, onion, garlic, bell pepper, chilli and stir on a medium heat for 2/3 minutes or until ingredients are slightly soft and browning
Add in chickpeas, cumin, chilli powder, all spice, ground pepper and stir for a further minute
Add in mushed tomatoes and allow to simmer (stirring occasionally) for 5 minutes
Drain rice and allow to stand for 2 minutes
Add rice to pan and stir in with all ingredients
Take pumpkin from oven and add to pan
Stir all ingredients together and serve onto plates
Sprinkle pumpkin and sunflower seeds on top and serve
Stay fit, keep focused and feel fabulous!
Author of The Flat Stomach Solution