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14 Ways to Enjoy Pumpkin

Stew — Chop pumpkin into chunks and add to your favorite vegetable soup, such as minestrone.

Curry — Add pureed pumpkin to your favorite curry to serve as the basis for the curry sauce in place of yogurt. Add your favorite curry seasonings such as cumin, coriander, turmeric, chili powder, chopped fresh garlic and ginger, and add to cooked vegetables, chicken, or fish for a delicious and quick curry.

Roasted pumpkin seeds image credit: miriam_kato via flickr

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds — Remove the fleshy parts from the pumpkin seeds you saved. Toss in a little extra virgin olive and unrefined sea salt. Bake at 300 for 5 to 10 minutes or until lightly golden.

Ground Pumpkin Seeds — Add ground pumpkin seeds to smoothies or on top your hot or cold cereal.

Raw Pumpkin Seed Snacks — Snack on pumpkin seeds (the green seeds, not the whole seed removed from the pumpkin) on their own or with a pinch of unrefined sea salt.

Chai Tea orPumpkin Lattes — Add a tablespoon of cooked and pureed pumpkin to your chai tea or latte for a delicious autumn twist on your favorite beverage. (Click here for a Pumpkin Latte recipe)

Pumpkin latte image credit: ousam via Flickr

BreadAdd a cup of grated raw pumpkin to your favorite bread recipe to add moisture, flavor, and nutrients.

Cake — Add a cup of grated raw pumpkin and ground cinnamon and nutmeg to your favorite cake as an easy way to spice up a plain cake recipe.

Pasta Filling — Add pureed pumpkin along with your favorite seasonings such as sage and sea salt as a filling for lasagna or ravioli.

Adapted with permission from Healing Recipes by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, ROHP.

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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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