No other activity is perfect for fall than carving a pumpkin, and if you’re wondering what to do with your pumpkins after carving, wonder no more. To use this brightly colored winter squash — which is high in vitamin A and potassium — cut it off the top and scoop out the orange, seed-laden flesh for six delicious results.
If you haven’t tried pumpkin soup, you’re missing out on a filling dinner or healthy side dish. Spices such as ginger and cinnamon create a sweeter-tasting item, whereas rosemary, parsley or thyme yield a food that’s more savory. This recipe from the Minimalist Baker is easy to make.
As the weather cools, warm up with this unique take on chili, a traditional comfort food. Pumpkin can easily be added to a variety of recipes. Try making slow cooker turkey pumpkin chili for a hearty meal and vegetarians can try this meatless version.
A satisfying quick snack, pumpkin muffins can be made in many recipe variations. For a sweet snack, try pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. For a fiber rich treat, follow this recipe from Food.com and add in oatmeal and chopped nuts. For a muffin with some crunch, throw in some pecans.
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Great as a snack or healthy dessert, pudding takes on a warm color and flavor when you add pumpkin. This recipe has half the fat of other popular puddings. You can also try a spiced version with nutmeg and ginger. For a nutritional punch, add in chia seeds.
Pumpkin butter makes a delicious and healthy spread for bread, muffins or toast. It’s quick and easy to make, and you can store it for a long while. Follow this recipe and make it in a crock pot. Short on time? This recipe only takes 20 minutes to make.
Pumpkin spice lattes are now a staple of fall and you don’t need to make a trip to the coffee shop to enjoy them. Whip up this treat by following this simple recipe from the Food Network. Indulge without the guilt with this recipe by using almond milk and stevia as a sweetener.
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