Getting Creative With Pumpkin

by Matt on October 31, 2010

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Hi! I’m Brandi from and I’m so happy to be guest posting here for Matt! It’s always fun to find someone that loves food as much as you do, and I think Matt would have to be one my foodie twins when it comes to loving eggs – he may even love them more than I do!

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Since he’s been doing such great posts on eggs lately, I decided to talk about one of my favorite fall foods.

Fall has always been my favorite season. Along with being able to wear jeans and a sweatshirt with flip-flops, this season brings me three of my favorite things: college football, colorful foliage, and pumpkin.

While I’ve never liked pumpkin pie, I’ve found a ton of other ways to enjoy this winter squash.

Pumpkin is the perfect fall vegetable, whether you cook your own or buy the cans from the supermarket. It’s high in lutein and beta carotene yet low in calories for a large serving, making it a nutritional powerhouse and a great addition to a variety of recipes.

8 ways to think outside the pie:

  • Stir into cooked oatmeal and add fun toppings like granola, peanut butter or – my favorite – chocolate and butterscotch chips
  • Mix into your favorite cookie dough with a pinch of cinnamon
  • Stir into plain yogurt with cereal/granola/oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, a pinch of salt, and honey for a filling breakfast or snack
  • Make a “pumpkin pie” smoothie or milkshake with pumpkin puree, milk/yogurt/ice cream, cinnamon, ice, and sweetener of choice
  • Mix with cream cheese, brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, and pecans and spread on bagels or toast or use as a dip for ginger snaps and sliced apples
  • Blend with cream cheese, brown sugar, cinnamon, and ginger and use as a filling for French toast – perfect for a fall brunch or weekend breakfast
  • Blend with sautéed garlic, onions, cream/milk and seasonings for a rich pumpkin soup
  • Mix with ricotta cheese, garlic, and sage and toss with hot pasta

With pumpkin, there are tons of possibilities!

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What are your favorite ways to use pumpkin?

I think my favorite way has to be pumpkin pancakes.

I mean, who doesn’t like pancakes?

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October 31, 2010 at 11:33 AM

I love pumpkin too! I’m definitely going to use some of your suggestions for eating pumpkin! Yum!
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October 31, 2010 at 4:01 PM

I am all about getting creative with pumpkin! I love to blend it into hummus or stir it into chili. Don’t worry–I am working on some way to work it into a tofu dish too:)

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MattNo Gravatar November 1, 2010 at 12:12 PM

You better post the recipe ;)

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November 1, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Thanks Matt!

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