Kürbis Love: hier kommt die herbstliche Gemüsepfanne - NIKIN EU

Pumpkin Love: here comes the autumnal vegetable pan

In autumn, pumpkin is an indispensable vegetable, and not just because of Halloween. The seasonal and regional vegetables in the autumn months can enrich our diet in many ways and provide us with important active ingredients for our health, such as beta-carotene, potassium, magnesium and iron.

The variety comes, on the one hand, from the different types of pumpkin and, on the other hand, from the countless ways to prepare the pumpkin. Don't be put off by the fact that pumpkin can be a tough vegetable to chop and peel.

Kürbis Love

My tip on this matter is: choose the Hokkaido pumpkin variety, because you can also eat it with the peel on and use a large and very sharp knife to cut it. In the following recipe, the pumpkin has been combined with another autumn vegetable - leek - to make a healthy quinoa vegetable stir-fry. With a little preparation, the recipe can be easily prepared in everyday life.  

Ingredients for 4 people:



1. Step

Prepare the mise en place. To do this, cut the pumpkin in half with a sharp knife and scrape out the seeds with a spoon. Then cut into strips approx. 1 cm wide and then chop them into small, even pieces.

Kürbis zuschneiden

Wash the leek, halve it and chop it finely. Peel the onions and garlic and chop them into fine cubes.

Lauch zuschneiden

Wash the parsley and chop finely. Pluck the thyme leaves from the branches. Finally, wash the lemon with hot water, dry it and use the zester to peel long zest from the lemon peel.

 Petersilie schneiden

2. Step

Heat the oil in a large pan - I choose a wok pan - over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and fry a little. Then add the leek and pumpkin along with the herbs and lemon zest. Finally, season with salt and pepper and simmer, covered, until soft and golden yellow, stirring occasionally, for 20 – 25 minutes.

Gemüse in Pfanne

Now also prepare the quinoa. To do this, rinse the quinoa under cold running water in a sieve. Place in a pot with a little salt and plenty of water. Bring to the boil at the highest level and then simmer the quinoa at a medium level for 15 - 20 minutes until it is soft.  Finally, strain off the excess water.


3. Step

Season the soft-boiled vegetables with lemon juice and salt and pepper. Gently mix in the strained quinoa.

Zitrone in Gemüsepfanne

4. Step

Roast the pumpkin seeds in a dry pan until they begin to burst and sprinkle over the food. Bon apetit!


More about the author

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I'm so excited to be able to share one of my favorite things with you. Cooking and baking have been with me since I was a child. I love conjuring up delicious meals and dishes from good quality food. I love exploring different country cuisines or improvising to create vegan alternatives. A method of preparation that preserves vitamins is just as important to me as the orientation towards seasonal and regional products.
I can even share my passion for cooking and baking with young people in my professional life as a secondary school teacher when I teach the subjects of business, work and household.
Other activities that I love to do include yoga, swimming (preferably in the sea), reading and being with my family or friends.
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