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Pumpkin ~ Vegetable of the Week Friday Foods

Hi Friends!
Pumpkins are the Vegetable of the Week and as it is December, we will be baking many pumpkin pies, canning pumpkin and freezing pumpkin for later. Pumpkin is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals.

 Pumpkins are amazingly health packed gourds! That's right they are a gourd and a squash. They have a long storage ability and can be processed for canning too, if done in chunks. LINK TO INFO
 Home Preserving Pumpkins
National Center for Home Food Preservation
September 2015

 Pumpkins are highly nutritious and delicious!  http://allaboutpumpkins.com/

I was researching for another blog and ran across Kim's "Top 20 New Pumpkin Recipes" on her Google+ account *LINK*  

FROM: Too Much Time

 These are a collection of Kim's favorites and the "Pumpkin Nutella Cookie Bars" look amazingly delicious and I can't wait to make them today!
photo from: Crazy for Crust
And I just had to post this photo of them to entice you into making them too! I mean, something so dreamy has to be shared by friends, right? "WINK".

Here are some great Pumpkin LINKS to help you  on you way!
University of Illinois Extension

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 mg
Zinc 1 mg
Selenium .50 mg
Vitamin C 12 mg
Niacin 1 mg
Folate 21 mcg
Vitamin A 2650 IU
Vitamin E 3 m

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