Home Care in Rowayton CT: Home Care Recipes - Chickpea and Pumpkin Casserole


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Home Care Recipes: Chickpea and Pumpkin Casserole

Home Care in Rowayton CT

Home Care in Rowayton CTCreativity and ingenuity are valuable assets when it comes to being in a home care relationship with your aging parent. This can apply to all areas of the care plan that you create for them, but can be especially beneficial when it comes to the food that you prepare and serve. Ensuring that your parent gets the right balance of nutrition and stays away from potentially harmful food additives and elements that can harm their health is an important step in giving them the highest quality of life possible throughout their aging years. Sometimes, however, it can be a challenge to prepare meals that you know are filled with the nutrition that they need, but that will also have a flavor that will compel them to eat it. This is when your creativity comes into play. Utilizing healthy, nutritional powerhouse ingredients that your parent enjoys even when they do not "fit" with the conventional idea of the season lets you create meals you feel good about serving and that your parent will feel good about eating.

For many people, pumpkin is an ingredient that shows up sometime in late summer or early fall and sticks around until the end of the year, essentially disappearing before New Year's. While this makes sense in terms of the harvest, with canned and frozen ingredients there is no need for you to overlook this incredible squash. Pumpkin is packed with amazing nutrition including dietary fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, and has a mild, sweet flavor that makes it perfect for inclusion in a wide variety of recipes regardless of the time of year. This recipe is perfect for any time of year, but the pop of tomatoes and lemon make it especially appealing for the spring. Cumin, turmeric, paprika, and cinnamon are familiar warming spices while onion and garlic cut through the sweet to keep this meal ideal for a hearty side. Try topping it with tofu or chicken breast to make it into a full meal.

What You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil (olive, canola or vegetable)
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 of a teaspoon of paprika
  • 3 cups of cubed pumpkin
  • 1 can of pre-chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 1/2 of a lemon
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Fresh coriander
  • A large saucepan
  • A sharp knife
  • A cutting board
  • A grater

What to Do

  • Use the sharp knife to peel and chop the onion and then set it aside
  • Mince the garlic with the sharp knife and set it aside
  • Peel, deseed and cut the pumpkin into cubes about 2cm in size
  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas and set them aside
  • Finely grate the lemon rind and set aside
  • Juice the lemon and set aside
  • Toss the remaining bit of lemon
  • Add the oil to the saucepan
  • Place the saucepan on medium heat
  • When hot, add the onion and garlic to the saucepan
  • Stir, slowly, while cooking for about 8 minutes, until the onion softens and the garlic is fragrant
  • Add the cinnamon, paprika, cumin and turmeric to the saucepan
  • Stir and continue to cook for another 2 minutes
  • Add the pumpkin cubes to the saucepan
  • Add the chickpeas, tomatoes and lemon rind to the saucepan
  • Turn the heat to high
  • Allow to come to a boil
  • When the saucepan contents reach a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer
  • Cover and continue to cook
  • Cook for 25 minutes, or until the pumpkin has become tender to the touch
  • Uncover and stir in coriander and lemon juice
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Stir and allow to cook, uncovered for an additional minute
  • Serve hot


If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Rowayton CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.

Caleena Namdev, Owner, SYNERGY HomeCare Stamford

Caleena Namdev is the President and Owner of Synergy HomeCare in Stamford, Connecticut. She is a graduate of University of Connecticut. Caleena has been working with seniors for a long time - whether it was her volunteer work with the IRS, or her role at the prestigious trust and estate law firm in Darien. Providing guidance to seniors and family members so they can get the help they need, is a passion for Caleena.

"Hi - I am Caleena Namdev, President and Owner of Synergy HomeCare in Stamford, Connecticut. Our entire staff at SYNERGY HomeCare wishes to extend you our warmest welcome. We know that searching for personalized, high quality care for your loved one is difficult. Your loved ones deserve the highest level of care and support. At SYNERGY HomeCare, we strive to exceed the high standards that you have set for their care. Please call my office at (203) 661-6969 and speak to a member of my CareTEAMâ„¢.

When you call us, you will be speaking with Stamford's most reliable, professionally managed, non-medical homecare agency - an agency, you can depend on for the care of your loved ones, whether you live around town, or thousands of miles away. You will also be speaking with an agency, where the owners are directly involved in ensuring that your loved ones get the highest level of care. We are SWCCA approved and are able to work directly with your long term insurance provider and worker's compensation insurance provider."

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