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Roasted Pumpkin + Rocket Salad

roasted pumpkin and rocket salad

After allowing a bit more sugar into my diet over the holidays, I have been feeling tired and my skin has flared up again. I struggle with mild dermatitis and psoriasis, and literally a day or two after eating sugar I break out with red, inflamed patches on my chest and face. So.. this past week or so I’ve been making sure my diet is clean again, I’ve removed any foods I know cause me issues and I’m introducing foods that will support my body to detoxify and my skin to improve.

Greens are excellent for this, and salads are the perfect way to get more greens into your diet during Summer. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my fair share of salads over the years and the usual lettuce, tomato and cucumber salad just doesn’t cut it anymore! So, in a attempt to create a variation that was delicious, easy and also supported my body to detoxify (perfect after the post-Christmas indulgence), this salad was created.

It can literally be thrown together in minutes, the most time consuming part is roasting the pumpkin, but I just throw it in the oven, put on the timer and go about my day until it’s ready. Another great way to be able to create quick meals throughout the week is to batch-cook once a week (I like to do it on a Sunday night). I literally throw a whole heap of veggies in the oven and roast them for about 40mins to an hour. Then they get stored in containers in the fridge and can be used as a snack, reheated for a dinner side or thrown into a salad for lunch! Vegetable also get sweet when roasted so they are an excellent way to satisfy a sweet craving if you’re trying to give up or limit your sugar intake.

 

roasted pumpkin rocket salad

What’s good about it:

  • Rocket is highly alkaline which helps to cleanse and neutralise acidic waste throughout the blood and lymphatic system, supporting the body to detoxify. It is also helpful for improving skin issues as it’s high in vitamin A which protects the skin from free radical damage and had been shown to prevent acne.
  • Pumpkin is a great source of fibre which is essential for effective detoxification and helps keep you feeling full for longer. It is also high in antioxidants Vitamin A and Vitamin C which boosts the immune system and encourages collagen production, maintaining youthful looking skin.
  • Hemp seeds are a rich source of easy-to-absorb essential amino acids (proteins) that are wonderful for building lean and toned muscle, and strong skin, hair and nails. They are also a rich source of a beneficial omega 6 fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which helps support a healthy metabolism and burn fat.
Roasted Pumpkin, Lime and Rocket Salad
Serves 2
This simple and delicious salad with a zesty cumin and lime dressing can be enjoyed on its own for lunch or as a side alongside some grilled fish or chicken with dinner.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 100g of rocket
  2. 1/2 red capsicum
  3. 500g Japanese or Kent pumpkin (or any good roasting one)
  4. 1/4 red onion
  5. 1 tbsp hemp seeds ( or to taste)
For the dressing
  1. 4 tbsp olive oil
  2. 1 1/2 tbsp lime juice
  3. 1/2 tsp of cumin powder
  4. salt + pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180° C
  2. Chop pumpkin into small cubes and rub in a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper
  3. Bake in oven for 25 mins or until soft and golden brown
  4. Let the pumpkin cool while you make the salad
  5. Whisk the oil, lime juice and cumin together in a small bowl. Season to taste
  6. Combine rocket, capsicum, cooled pumpkin and onion in a bowl and drizzle with dressing
  7. Top with hemp seeds and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Sunflower seeds or pepitas would work well too.
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