Several of my friends were delighted when Starbucks offered its iconic fall drink, Pumpkin Spiced Latte, earlier than usual although I felt ambivalent.
To me, pumpkins signify Halloween and Thanksgiving. I love both those things BUT just as asparagus heralds spring, pumpkins mean the end of summer. With apologies to George R. R. Martin, fall and winter are coming, and I’m not as thrilled about the latter as the former.
Nevertheless, I recognize the inevitable when I see it, so why not make lemonade from lemons, or in this case Pumpkin 7-layer magic bars from pumpkins and get ready for some entertaining outdoors and in?
Pumpkin Recipes: Nutrition
Since pumpkin is a type of squash, it’s quite nutritious in its raw form. Seven tablespoons (3.5 oz. or 100 g) contain only 26 calories, with no saturated fat or cholesterol. Pumpkin is also rich in fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, and especially vitamins A, C, and E plus folates, niacin and other B-complex vitamins.
Pumpkin seeds, featured in some of the recipes below, are also nutritious and a good source of dietary fiber, protein, minerals and vitamins.
As my friend Sue likes to say, “What’s not to like?”
Below you’ll find pumpkin recipes that look so delicious they make me look forward to fall and that’s saying a lot!
Pumpkin Recipes: Appetizers
If you like hummus, these next two recipes are for you! First, there’s Spicy Pumpkin Dip from foodnetwork.com. Don’t be intimidated by the word “spicy;” you can always lower the heat by cutting the cayenne. Another twist on “classic” hummus is this one, Thai Red Curry Pumpkin Hummus, from Barbaracooks.com.
Baked brie with fruit or honey is one of my entertaining staples, so I’m going to try these Pumpkin Brie Quesadillas from the food blog foxeslovelemons.com.
Normally, we just dig the seeds out of the pumpkin and roast them with a bit of butter and salt. However, the mixture of sugar and spices in this Roasted Pumpkin Seeds recipe from Yummly.com makes me think of all we’ve been missing.
Pumpkin Recipes: Chili
When the air gets crisp, there’s nothing like chili or soup to warm you up from the inside.
I have to confess I’d never heard of pumpkin chili before writing this article, but after reading the ingredients and the reviews, I can’t wait to try some!
Here are three that look delicious. The first Pumpkin Chili is from babble.com and uses red kidney beans. The second, Black Bean ‘N Pumpkin Chili from tasteofhome.com, uses black beans and has avocados. Yum!
Finally, this Pork and Pumpkin Chili from foodnetwork.com sounds perfect for a cool fall night!
Pumpkin Recipes: Soup
This first recipe, Curried Pumpkin Soup, from thepioneerwomancooks.com has an ingenious idea, using hollowed out, tiny pumpkins as bowls! This would work with all the pumpkin soup recipes below plus the chili recipes above.
Here’s another Curried Pumpkin Soup by epicurious.com which is light and easy to make and modify according to the reviews.
For something a little different, you can try this creamy Apples and Spices Pumpkin Soup from the browneyedbaker.com. Reading the ingredient list and looking at the pictures makes me want to serve this at an outdoor bonfire!
Finally, this vegetarian Pumpkin Chowder earned five stars and glowing review on countrylivin.com.
Pumpkin Recipes: Main Courses
Substitute pumpkin in any recipe that you would normally use squash or try some of the pumpkin specific recipes below.
Eggs, pumpkins, crème fraîche and more? All I can say is give me some of that Roasted Pumpkin Quiche, originally from Homestyle Vegetarian by Murdoch Books and prepared by thelittleteochew.com. To make the preparation easy, you can use the metric conversion calculator here.
Who can resist a recipe called Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good? The “good” here refers to ingredients like Gruyère cheese, bacon, and cream.
Pumpkin and Cauliflower Casserole from countryliving.com contains more than its namesake. There’s also pumpkin seeds, bread crumbs, goat cheese and a lot more.
Pumpkin Recipes: Desserts
I love pumpkin pie but this year I’m vowing right now to try something new. In addition to bakersroyale.com’s Pumpkin 7 Layer Magic Bars mentioned at the beginning of the story, there are three more below that look absolutely scrumptious.
For all you cheesecake lovers, this Pumpkin Cheesecake from saveur.com looks fantastic and I don’t even eat cheesecake!
The name of this recipe, Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Bread Pudding, intrigued me. Once I read the recipe from Southernliving.com, I added it to my recipe file.
Finally, this Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Streusel from poruguesegirlcooks.com would not only be a light dessert but also a delicious breakfast or brunch treat.
See these recipes and a lot more on our Fall Favorites Pinterest Board and tell us if you have any pumpkin recipes to share!