2009-10-20

Soup of the week 11: Pumpkin Soup

I love pumpkin very much, but my children don't like pumpkin that much. This was the first time I used pumpkin to boil soup, so that I myself could enjoy the pumpkin, and the children could enjoy the soup.Ingredients:
250g of pumpkin, skinned and seed.
10 red dates,
10g wolf berries
250g pork
Second dish was the stir fried french beans, Japanese tofu (deep fried beforehand) with prawn. May be you would notice that I cooked french beans most of the time, as it was my girls' favourite veggie.
3rd dish was deep fried chicken drumsticks, chicken wings, and chicken breasts. This was a very simple dish. After washed and cleaned the chicken, dip it in the egg white first, and then only dip it evenly in the Kentucky's all purpose flour. Heat the wok with more oil, put the chicken in the oil and deep fry them until it turned to golden brown colour.
Tadaaaa, a balance meal which consist of vitamins, fibre, protein and carbohydrate.
Pumpkin Nutrition Facts (1 cup cooked, boiled, drained, without salt)
Calories 49
Protein 2 grams
Carbohydrate 12 grams
Dietary Fiber 3 grams
Calcium 37 mg
Iron 1.4 mg
Magnesium 22 mg
Potassium 564 mgZinc 1 mg
Selenium .50 mg
Vitamin C 12 mg
Niacin 1 mg
Folate 21 mcg
Vitamin A 2650 IU
Vitamin E 3 mg
Pumpkins are 90 percent water!!
Antioxidant Rich
Beta carotene---The rich orange color is a dead give away to the nutrients present in pumpkin. Research shows that people who eat a diet rich in beta-carotene are less likely to develop certain cancers than those who fail to include beta-carotene-rich foods in their diet.
Loaded with Potassium---Studies show people who have a potassium rich diet lower the risk for hypertension. Potassium rich foods include bananas, broccoli, avocados, pomegranate and many others.
Zinc---Not only is zinc a major boost for your immune system, it also aids in bone density support for people at risk for osteoporosis.
High in Fiber---Diets rich in fiber may prevent cancer, heart disease and other serious ailments.
Health Benefits
Prostate Cancer
There have been many stories linking the pumpkin seed to a healthy prostate. But what is so special about these little green seeds one might ask. The protective compounds present within the seed of the pumpkin, called phytosterols, may be responsible for shrinking the prostate. They also contain chemicals that may prevent some transformation of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). High levels of DHT are associated with enlarged prostate.
For BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or enlarged prostate) prevention, eating a handful (about 1 ounce) of shelled pumpkin seeds three times a week is recommended.
Anti-Inflammatory Benefits in Arthritis
Unlike the widely used anti-inflammatory drug indomethacin, pumpkin seeds do not increase damaged fat levels in the lingus joints, a common side effect associated with indomethacin which contributes to the progression of arthritis.
Great on your skin
Pumpkins contains lots of anti-oxidant vitamins A and C, as well as zinc and alpha-hydroxy-acids which helps to reduce the signs of aging.

2 comments:

  1. I never try it before but I think I'm gonna give pumpkin a chance. Since it's so beneficial towards our health.

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  2. You can cook pumpkin pouridge for your baby Chi.

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