Pumpkin gets a bad rep this time of year. (Pumpkin spice latte, I’m looking at you.)
But take the glitz and glamour of pumpkin spice everything, the great pumpkin fruit (yes, it’s technically a fruit) is loaded with Vitamin A, fiber, cancer-fighting beta carotene and potassium among others vitamins. Basically, it’s a super food and it wouldn’t hurt you to incorporate a little bit of pumpkin into your life with a few of these recipes this fall.
Why not whip up a delicious, cool, and creamy smoothie that packs protein, pumpkin, and just a dash of cinnamon to start your day? Sally’s Baking Addiction has the recipe to give you guilt-free pumpkin pie for breakfast.
Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins
Oh my gosh, I fell in love with this recipe as soon as I read the name. How can you not swoon over the pumpkin, oatmeal, chocolate chips ingredient list? These are touted as low in sugar, gluten-free and totally moist (for those of you not bothered by that word). Get the recipe over at Averie Cooks.
Pumpkin Spice Coffee
You knew it was coming, right? But instead of delving into official #PSL territory, this coffee keeps things simple by mixing a little spice directly into your coffee. It’s as easy as mixing + brewing, promise. Get the full scoop (sorry, couldn’t resist) from Izy Hossack at Top With Cinnamon.
Roasted Pumpkin, Rice & White Bean Salad
Lunch always screams “salad,” and unlike your boring lettuce salad, this version mixes rice, beans and the roasted autumnal favorite fruit. Prep this salad over the weekend and pack in the pumpkins over the course of the work week. Get the recipe (you can substitute the squash for pumpkin) over at Eats Well With Others.
Ginger-Apple Pumpkin Soup
This soup incorporates sweet and savory with coconut milk and ginger for a bright splash of flavor. Don’t forget to top it off with some toasted pumpkin seeds, which, for the record are loaded with health benefits, such as iron, magnesium and and zinc. Whip up a batch of pumpkin ginger apple soup from Love and Lemons and enjoy it hot or cooled.
Go gluten-free for lunch with this “panini” featuring caramelized onion, avocado and of course, pumpkin. Find the recipe at From The Ground Up Wellness.
If the Pioneer Woman is making pumpkin ravioli, you can bet that it’s going to be good.
Love chili but get bored by the same old recipe? The sweet and savory mix of pumpkin in the chili makes a perfect fall dinner. This recipe at Green Forks mixes green pepper, carrots and garlic so you can incorporate everything from your fall garden.
Oven Baked Chicken With Pumpkin Rice
A satisfying dinner that even the kids will eat is a recipe I need in my life. Prep this full meal in only 10 minutes over at The Weary Chef.com.
TapGenes Takeaway: There’s no need to fear the pumpkin this fall. Mix it into your meals for an autumnal twist on breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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