These pumpkin-based eats will liven up even the coldest of days.
Pumpkin’s most famous roles in the United States are definitely in your Thanksgiving pies, fancy lattes, and Halloween decorations. But going beyond desserts and spooky decor, this squash isn’t just for sweet treats. If you love pumpkin and can’t get enough, try going savory.
Here’s why you should try pumpkin in savory recipes this fall: This squash offers vitamin A, potassium, and fiber. The health benefits of pumpkin get a bit overshadowed when combined with all the sugar and butter in a pumpkin pie.
Plus, pumpkin is just delicious, so why not eat as much of it as possible before spring sets in again? Make it a staple all season with these dinner and snack ideas:
1. Pumpkin curry
All types of squash puree make a perfect base for curry: They’re velvety, a little starchy, a little sweet, and they work great with those earthy curry spices. Check out this recipe for 1-Pot Pumpkin Yellow Curry from Minimalist Baker.
2. Pumpkin mac and cheese (or alfredo)
Swap some of the cheesy sauce with pumpkin puree. Not only will you add fall flavor, but you’ll also reduce some of the saturated fat in your creamy pasta. Find out how to make Pumpkin Mac and Cheese from Fresh Off the Grid.
3. Pumpkin jalapeño cornbread
This cornbread variation combines sweet and heat, and it’s the perfect side dish for your autumn stews and soups. Check out this recipe for Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cornbread from The Baker Mama (just add jalapeño!).
4. Pumpkin hummus
Dip into fall with this twist on your favorite snack. Pumpkin hummus is great with pretzels or pita chips. It’s the perfect appetizer for fall get-togethers or Halloween parties. Find out how to make Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Pumpkin Hummus from A Pinch of Yum.
5. Pumpkin ravioli
Don’t let ricotta have all the fun. Pumpkin and sage make such a delightful fall-themed ravioli that you might want to eat it all year round. Pumpkin ravioli is commonly paired with a cream sauce or brown butter sauce, but try it with a heart-healthier cashew cream sauce. Check out this recipe for Whole-Wheat Pumpkin Ravioli from Hot for Food.
6. Pumpkin chili
Thicken your Tex-Mex stew with pumpkin for a fall variation. You’d be surprised how well this combo works. Speaking of combos, this pumpkin chili would go perfectly with a side of pumpkin jalapeño cornbread. Find out how to make Pumpkin Chili from One Lovely Life.
7. Pumpkin sage soup
You’ll fall for this creamy soup when the temps get chilly. If you’re getting bored with chicken noodle soup, this silky soup is autumn in a bowl. Check out this recipe for Pumpkin Sage Soup by Lauren Caris Cooks.
Sure, fall and winter can feel gray at times, but these pumpkin-based eats will liven up even the coldest of days. But don’t stop at pumpkin: Here are other healthy fall foods to get excited about.
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Pure pumpkin. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Accessed on September 10, 2019 at https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/45045360.)Tips for a healthy Halloween party. Chicago, IL: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2018. (Accessed on September 10, 2019 at https://www.eatright.org/health/lifestyle/holidays/tips-for-a-healthy-halloween-party.)