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14 Ways to Enjoy Pumpkin

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14 Ways to Enjoy Pumpkin

Pumpkins aren’t just for jack-o-lanterns. They are a delicious and nutritious addition to your diet. Here are 14 easy ways to start enjoying pumpkin now:

Roasted — Cut it into slices, lay in a roasting pan, brush some extra virgin olive oil over it and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes to an hour.  Serve warm on its own or on top of a green salad.

Stuffed– Cut small pumpkins in half, scoop out the seeds (save them!), brush with olive oil and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour. Serve stuffed with quinoa or rice and cooked mixed vegetables.

Soup — Bake pumpkin in the same way as indicated under “stuffed” then scoop out the cooked flesh, add two cups to a blender with some vegetable or chicken stock (to desired thinness), a teaspoon of cumin, a teaspoon of unrefined sea salt, a pinch of black pepper, and a teaspoon of honey or other sweetener.  Serve hot.

Pie — Add ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and/or cloves along with your favorite sweetener, pour into a pie crust and bake for an hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

See: Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Crust

Pureed — Place cooked pumpkin (as indicated in “stuffed”) in a blender with a little water, unrefined sea salt, black pepper, a teaspoon of honey or other sweetener, and serve in place of mashed potatoes for a healthier side dish.

Discover a delicious way to use pumpkin in your tea or coffee… 

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1:07PM PST on Dec 19, 2014

Thank you for posting

11:24PM PST on Dec 1, 2013


4:12PM PST on Nov 15, 2013

I love pumpkin

4:53PM PST on Nov 3, 2013

i'm just not a fan of the pumpkin....but thanks!

3:17PM PDT on Oct 28, 2013

I just made Methi Dal, and put it in baked pumpkin half's, it's so tasty. I even eat the innards and the shell. The seeds I roosted afterwards. I never new how to use the pumpkin before only in cake a pie, and seeds. I thank you for the idea!!! This will be my favorite way to eat pumpkins from now on.

4:00PM PDT on Oct 27, 2013


10:44AM PDT on Oct 27, 2013

Always looking for quick, easy recipes for fresh fruit and veggies. These sound good, especially the soup.

9:30AM PDT on Oct 27, 2013

I was hoping to find some nice simple ideas for my pumpkin this year, thanks!

11:42AM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

Thank you for the delicious tips. :)

10:06AM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

Yum, making me hungry.

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