Roasted Pumpkin with Minty Smashed Peas

Can you really beat a slightly caramelised, crispy around the edges, slice of roasted pumpkin?

Not really. Unless its served with a fresh minty pea smash and spicy savoury granola that is.

This easy dish (I really can’t call it a recipe, its more of a throw together) makes a simple lunch or side and is a great way to pack in you daily serves of veg. Make the meal more substantial by serving on a piece of toasted sourdough rye or with a handful of chickpeas or cooked quinoa.

Roasted Pumpkin with Minty Smashed Peas
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2 serves
  • 4-6 thick slices pumpkin, skin on, (I chose a jap but butternut will work well too)
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • Approx 2 cups frozen or fresh peas
  • handful fresh mint
  • splash milk (any type)
  • handful grated parmesan
  • salt and pepper
  • lemon juice
  • For the savoury granola:
  • 1 cup mixed seeds (sunflower, peptise, sesame, chia. flax)
  • 2tsp honey
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp spicy dukkah
  • salt, to taste or 1-2tsp soy sauce
  • To serve: snow pea sprouts or your favourite salad greens.
  1. Preheat your oven to 200C. Place the pumpkin slices on a baking tray lined with baking paper, drizzle with olive oil and roast for 30-40 minutes or until browned and soft.
  2. Meanwhile, steam, boil or microwave your peas until tender (don't over cook!). Place in the small bowl of a food processor and add the mint, salt and pepper to taste, parmesan, squeeze of lemon juice and just a dash of milk to get it to a blending consistency. Blend until crushed but not smooth (you can also use a stick blender here), taste for seasoning.
  3. For the granola, mix all ingredients together and spread thinly on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake at 150C for 15 minutes, watching it carefully so that it doesn't burn. Allow to cool slightly. (This will make a lot of granola, you can keep the extra in an airtight container for a few weeks).
  4. To serve: place some of your beautiful pea puree onto the plate, add a couple of slices of pumpkin, sprouts and sprinkle with granola.

Recipe for the savoury granola was adapted from To Her Core’s Savoury seed granola. Find the original recipe here.


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