- Pumpkin is an immunity booster since it contains vital vitamins C and beta carotene. It is critical to have a strong and healthy immune system to lose weight quickly and safely.
- Pumpkin is high in Vitamin A and also contains beta-carotene. This nourishes the skin from the inside and may give your skin a healthy glow.
- 250 gm pumpkin or squash, peeled and roughly chopped
- ½ tsp sunflower oil
- ¼ onion, sliced
- ½ tsp grated ginger
- ¼ lemongrass, bashed a little
- ½ tbsp Thai red curry paste
- 60 ml can coconut milk
- 150 ml vegetable stock
- lime juice and sugar, for seasoning
- ½ red chilli, sliced, to serve (optional)
- 192 Kcal
- 15 grams
- 11 grams
- 4 grams
- Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Toss the pumpkin or squash in a roasting tin with half the oil and seasoning, then roast for 30 mins until golden and tender.
- Meanwhile, put the remaining oil in a pan with the onion, ginger and lemongrass. Gently cook for 8-10 mins until softened. Stir in the curry paste for 1 min, followed by the roasted pumpkin, all but 3 tbsp of the coconut milk and the stock. Bring to a simmer, cook for 5 mins, then fish out the lemongrass.
- Cool for a few mins, then whizz until smooth with a hand blender, or in a large blender in batches.
- Return to the pan to heat through, seasoning with salt, pepper, lime juice and sugar, if it needs it. Serve drizzled with the remaining coconut milk and scattered with chilli, if you like.
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Pumpkin soup is a fantastic post-workout meal because it contains a high quantity of potassium, which aids muscle rehabilitation. A 100-gram pumpkin provides 340 milligrammes of potassium, which is more than bananas.