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Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to announce to you, that the fall season is right around the corner.
And you know what that means.
It means it’s almost time for a pumpkin-themed everything. From brilliant pumpkin crafts and decorations, to delicious and soul-warming pumpkin-flavored recipes, and so on.
And like always, you know we can’t resist bringing you the best tips, tricks as well as yummy recipes, to help you make the most of the season.
In this post, you’ll discover some of the nutritional and health benefits of pumpkins, how to choose the best ones, other useful tips, and also 40 incredibly delicious pumpkin recipes to enjoy.
I’m talking soups, pies, cookies, tarts, you name it. Prepare to enjoy the best of this wonderful seasonal veggie.
Let’s dive in.
Before we dive into the yummy stuff, let’s take a quick look at this interesting veggie.
Hailing from the “winter squash” veggie group (think butternut, spaghetti squash, etc.), pumpkins are a popular vegetable that are commonly harvested around the fall/Autumn period. Although their canned versions are usually available year-round.
And just like other members of the squash family, they are also very healthy and nutritious.
Pumpkins pack a good load of essential nutrients and minerals, like vitamins A, C, K, potassium, and so on, while also being really low in calories.
A single cup of cooked pumpkin, packs only about 49 calories, 3g of fiber, 2g of protein, and almost zero grams of fat. So yeah, they’re really good for you.
Choosing The Right Pumpkins For The Occasion
When we think of pumpkins, one of the first pictures that comes to our minds, are those huge orange ones we usually carve out and decorate for Halloween.
But they’re not the only types that exist. There are actually up to about 30 different varieties out there. And depending on what you plan to use them for, you need to pick the right ones for the occasion.
The huge orange ones we usually think of, are called jack-o-lanterns. While they’re great for decorating and carving out, they’re actually not the best types you want to be cooking or baking with.
When it comes to cooking, there are several varieties that would serve you well.
The most popular ones, are called “sugar” or “pie” pumpkins. They’re smaller than the regular jack-o-lanterns, and have a significantly better taste, and texture, that will make them amazing in your meals.
Some other wonderful pumpkin varieties that work great in the kitchen are Casper, Cinderella (yes, like the movie) and blue doll among others.
You could also easily get canned pumpkin puree at your local supermarket too.
Storing your pumpkins properly is pretty important, especially if you plan to use them over a long period of time, and not just immediately.
For whole pumpkins, it is usually advised to store them in a cool, dry place, at about 50F. Say a garage for example. And you’ll want to keep them on a good surface, like a neat rug, or cardboard for longer shelf life.
Whole pumpkins can last for about 2-3 months in good condition.
For cut up pumpkins, you’ll want to make sure they’re properly wrapped and sealed before placing them in your fridge. Cut up pumpkins last only a couple of days at best.
40 Delicious Pumpkin Recipes
Now that we know how good this seasonal veggie is, and how to choose the best ones, it’s time to explore some of the best pumpkin recipes out there.
From main dishes, to sides, and tasty treats, there’s something for every occasion.
Mains and Sides
1) Pumpkin Oatmeal
2) Creamy Roasted Pumpkin Soup
3) Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
4) Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
5) Easy Homemade Pumpkin Pancakes
6) Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce
7) Vegetarian Spinach Pumpkin Lasagna
8) Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding
9) Best Ever Pumpkin Muffins
10) Savory Mushroom and Quinoa Stuffed Mini Pumpkins
11) Maple Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
12) Pumpkin Cornbread
13) Roast Pumpkin Salad with Feta, Pine Nuts & Baby Spinach
14) Roasted Pumpkin with Yogurt Sauce and Pine Nuts
15) Easy Vegetable Pumpkin Stir-fry (Vegan and Gluten-free)
16) Roasted Pumpkin
17) Simple Pumpkin Waffles
18) The Best Ever Pumpkin Chili
19) Pumpkin French Toast
20) Pumpkin Shepherd’s Pie
21) Chipotle Pumpkin Veggie Burgers
22) Vegetarian Pumpkin and Kale Pasta Bake
23) Pumpkin, Spinach And Goat Cheese Quiche
Desserts and snacks
24) The Great Pumpkin Pie
25) Pumpkin Bread
26) Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake
27) Creamy Pumpkin Hummus
28) Pumpkin Cookies With Cream Cheese Frosting
29) Pumpkin Scones (Starbucks Copycat)
30) Pumpkin Dump Cake
31) Mini Pumpkin Pies
32) Healthy Pumpkin Bars
33) Pumpkin Pie Bites
34) Pumpkin Roll Cake
35) Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
36) Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse
37) Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
38) No Bake Pumpkin Dream Bars
39) Pumpkin Crisp
40) Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake Cups
Enjoy these amazing delights this fall. Which one is your favorite? Let me know down below