Not many veggies can both scare your neighbors and delight your taste buds. Make the most of versatile, super-healthy pumpkin with these recipes, which turn our favorite orange gourd into culinary gold:
Pumpkin grilled cheese
We love pumpkin. And we love grilled cheese. Let’s do the math on this one: yes, pumpkin grilled cheese sounds like the best thing ever. Fresh pumpkin is a natural match for gruyere cheese and sourdough bread, resulting in a mouth-watering seasonal sandwich.
Pumpkin turkey chili
Can’t wait until Thanksgiving to pair turkey with pumpkin? With hints of earthy cinnamon, nutmeg, and cumin, this aromatic chili is like fall in a bowl. Thick and comforting, this dish gives you the nutritional benefits of pumpkin, while maintaining the savory flavors of traditional chili ingredients.
Pumpkin spice oatmeal
This may be a healthy breakfast dish, but don’t be fooled — taste-testers say it feels like pumpkin pie in a bowl. Between hearty pumpkin, chewy steel-cut oats, and spices like ginger and clove, it’ll leave you feeling full (of fall spirit) the entire day.
Pumpkin and feta salad
We already know most roasted veggies are great in salads…so why not pumpkins? This bright, simple salad uses honey to enhance the sweetness of pumpkin, and offsets it with salty feta. Try it as a side, or a light meal.
Sweet pumpkin jam
With just three ingredients and simple instructions, pumpkin jelly is an easy way to add fall flavors (not to mention tons of vitamins) to your breakfast. Spread it on buttered toast, mix it into yogurt, or try pairing it with peanut butter for a seasonal twist on an old favorite.
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