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… 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 or Pumpkin 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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Ruth S
Ruth S12 months ago


Anteater Ants
Anteater Ants2 years ago

just add... you know what ;-)

Angela K.
Angela K3 years ago

Thank you for posting

Donna Ferguson
Donna F4 years ago


Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

I love pumpkin

Sheri P.
Sheri P4 years ago

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

Svetlana M.
Svetlana M4 years ago

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.

Ken W.
Ken W4 years ago


Sheila D.
Sheila D4 years ago

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

jn Jnm
jn Jnm4 years ago

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