All Things Pumpkin

October cuisine makes me think of winter squash, especially all things pumpkin; pumpkin pie to Jack ‘O Lanterns. I was pleasantly surprised to find so many incredible recipes using pumpkin or canned pumpkin puree. I have cooked a pumpkin to make puree or to use whole in a recipe but I prefer having canned/boxed puree on hand in my pantry. Our store carries Farmers Market Organic Pumpkin in a boxI also substitute their canned pureed sweet potato in my recipes for a change. Click on their Recipe tab for even more fun things to bake.

There is a big difference between pumpkin puree & pumpkin pie mix. Pureed pumpkin’s ingredient list should be only cooked pumpkin. Pumpkin pie mix has pumpkin, water, sugar (added sugar), salt, spices, dextrose, & natural flavors (whatever they are). These recipes require pumpkin puree, & no you shouldn’t use pumpkin pie mix instead.

WebMD: 6 Surprising Health Benefits of Pumpkin, By Chris Obenschain  Here are the 6 benefits, go to the article for more information.

  1. Weight loss High in fiber
  2. Sharp vision Vitamin A
  3. Better immunity Vitamin A & C
  4. Younger-looking skin
  5. Lower cancer risk Beta Carotene
  6. It may help treat diabetes May reduce blood glucose levels

Nutritional Information for Organic Pumpkin Puree Note the amount of fiber in 1/2 cup; 8 grams & vitamin A; 280% of your RDA! Worth adding to your meals.

So let’s get started with all the recipes I found.

Here is a recipe that I have shared with you several times. It is still my go-to Chili when entertaining & during those cold months of winter. From Delicious Living: Black Bean & Pumpkin Chili with Toasted Pepitas “Economical canned pumpkin, tomatoes, and beans combine to make a creamy base for this Caribbean-inspired chili.” This chili is even better the next day! I serve it with the toasted pepitas, avocado & cilantro on top with a side of cornbread muffins & a salad. You can’t go wrong with this recipe.

If you are in the mood for a healthy vegan burger, here it is! Sweet Missellany: PUMPKIN & BLACK BEAN BURGERS Great recipe. Simple & tasty. You can make them ahead & refrigerate or freeze them. 

Looking for a hot & spicy veggie burger? Peas & Crayons: CHIPOTLE PUMPKIN VEGGIE BURGERS  “These tasty Chipotle Pumpkin Veggie Burgers are quick, easy, and a total crowd pleaser! Each veggie burger is vegan, gluten-free, freezer-friendly and 100% delicious!” This site has a lot of wonderful recipes. Be sure & click on their recipe tab to take a look.

Both of those recipes can be non-vegetarian as well. Add diced or chopped chicken, turkey or even fish to them. Be creative 🙂

I really like a pumpkin sauce for over pasta. This recipe does use cheese but it sure looks good! Creamy Pumpkin Alfredo Penne Pasta from Jessica in the Kitchen.

For a vegan recipe: my Darling vegan, VEGAN PUMPKIN ALFREDO WITH ROASTED HAZELNUTS This recipe looks simple & really tasty. Will add this to my vegan recipe collection 🙂

I used to buy sauce by Cucina Antica when I was in a rush. Tuscany Pumpkin Pasta Sauce. Not organic but a “clean” product. 

Prevention Magazine: 10 Fast Recipes with Pureed Pumpkin. Take a look at the last recipe on the list, Pumpkin-Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas A shmear of spicy pumpkin-chipotle sauce adds tons of flavor to quesadillas, so you can get away with using less cheese. Win! ” You can switch out the chicken for fish or turkey or go vegan with Soy Chorizo from Trader Joe’s or spicy potatoes. 

This has got to be the best list of all things pumpkin recipes! 55 of the Best Savory Pumpkin Recipes from Country Living. I scrolled through the list & picked out a few that caught my eye but all 55 are amazing.

My husband & I love hummus. We also love the taste that pumpkin brings to a recipe. This recipe combines the two. Winner!! From Easy as Apple Pie: Savory Pumpkin Hummus The author adds cumin & cinnamon to the mixture giving it an extra special zip. Looking forward to trying this recipe.

Pumpkin Bread is a favorite of nearly everyone. It is also a tasty hostess gift to take along to a party or dinner.