If you’re like me and you have an autoimmune disease like eczema (inflammation of the skin), you may be better off if you avoid potatoes for a while. Why? White potatoes contain antinutrients called ‘saponins’, which can trigger inflammation.
So next time, instead of mashed potatoes, why don't you try making this pumpkin puree? It’s super high in vitamin A, which supports your immune system and helps maintaining a healthy skin and good vision. Added spices like nutmeg, cumin and turmeric will aid digestion and make it even more enjoyable!
This puree also makes a balanced and filling lunch that you can easily take to work: fill a bowl with pumpkin puree, leafy greens, some sauerkraut and sprouts to the side and you’re good until dinnertime.
PUMPKIN PUREE (serves 4)
- 1 medium pumpkin, peeled and cut into cubes
- 1 big onion, chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp fenugreek
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- some of the cooking water
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Cut, peel and chop the pumpkin into steamable cubes (about 3 by 3 cm cubes) and steam or let simmer in a bit of water until soft (about 7 minutes).
- Chop the onion, crush the garlic and sautée in some coconut oil.
- Add pumpkin, onion, garlic, nutmeg, cumin, fenugreek, turmeric, olive oil, pepper and salt together and blend until smooth. Add some of the cooking water until the puree gets the desired consistency (I added about 3/4 cup of water).
Pumpkin is really great for your skin! Check out this list with 10 more plant foods to nourish your skin from within.