5 Fun Ways to Use Pumpkin

It’s fall, which means you can’t turn a corner without seeing pumpkins – both fresh and canned. But aside from carving a scary face and baking up a delicious pie, what else can you do with this bulbous, bright orange vegetable? Glad you asked.

With its rich texture and deep orange color, pumpkin makes a fun and flavorful addition to any dish. We believe that one can never really have too much pumpkin pie, but if you’re tired of the same old pumpkin standbys, give these 5 recipes a try:

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1. Spruce up your salad. What was once just a pile of lettuce becomes a colorful fall creation, thanks to the addition of pumpkin, pine nuts and millet!

2. Whip up a smoothie. Start your day with this fall-inspired, fiber-packed smoothie — and stay full until lunchtime!

Combine all ingredients together in a blender and process until smooth.

Easy like Sunday morning

3. Make a batch of pancakes. Pancakes aren’t usually known for their nutrient content, but a scoop of pumpkin can fix that.

Combine pancake mix and spices in medium-sized bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg and brown sugar, then add pumpkin, oil and water. Mix wet and dry ingredients together to make batter.

4. Liven up curry. Perfect alone or as a side dish, this pumpkin-enhanced curry recipe is sure to please!

Sauté lemongrass, onions, cardamom, mustard seed and onions over medium heat. Mix in vegetable broth, coconut milk and pumpkin. Stir and simmer. Add beans and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and sprinkle lemon juice on top ““ serve over rice or with meat.

Frozen pumpkin warms your heart

5. Indulge in frozen yogurt. Looking for a healthy late-night snack? Try this easy-peasy pumpkin fro-yo!

Mix, churn, freeze and enjoy!

BONUS TIP - Add to dog food. Yep, pumpkin isn’t just good for you, it’s good for your dog, too! Add two teaspoons to Fido’s favorite food – the fiber content may help support healthy digestion.

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Katie is a Marketing Editor (and loyal customer) at Vitacost.com. In her spare time, she enjoys biking with her husband, playing with her pets and writing bios about herself.

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6 comments on «5 Fun Ways to Use Pumpkin»

  1. Liz Lotts says:

    Wow! These recipes make even a cool dish feel like a warm, fall indulgence. I just ordered the Farmer’s Market Organic Canned Pumpkin, so I think I’ll try the smoothie or fro-yo recipe first. YUMMMM!

  2. Jorie says:

    Ooooh, these recipes look delish!!

  3. Pam says:

    Great recipes! The pancakes sound great for this weekend.

  4. Cory says:

    Wow those pancakes sound amazing!

  5. angiel says:

    is pumpkin also good for cats?

  6. Renee says:

    Pumpkin is great for a dog’s digestion, but DO NOT GIVE IT TO CATS! I have three old dogs that have occasional digestive issues. Once we started giving them pumpkin, they cleared right up! Yay!

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