Halloween has come and passed, but it’s never too late for PUMPKINS!
A couple of weeks ago I enjoyed white water rafting in Maine with some dear friends. The ride down the river was almost as cold as it was exhilarating. In between the rapids, we picked out all our favorite trees and fiery leaves on the river banks. The drive back home was full of winding roads and mountain towns. We passed by farm after farm, enjoying the peak of Maine’s foliage. We rounded out our ultimate fall weekend with hot apple cider rum drinks, apple picking, and my very first PUMPKIN carve! This was a nice alternative to last year’s construction paper jack-o-lantern project, also very fun.
Thanks for letting me geek out about arts and crafts, but I promise this is going somewhere. When it comes to PUMPKINS, there is more than cutting them up and turning them into pie.
Here’s a summary of the PUMPKIN nutrient profile:
It is a good source of Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Potassium, Copper and Manganese. This food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. Data from USDA.
Read More: COMPLETE PUMPKIN NUTRITION FACTS (via SELF Nutrition)
Below are a few of my favorite PUMPKIN recipes:
1. TURKEY PUMPKIN CHILI (via Whole Foods)
This is seriously yum! I’m not a huge meat-eater, but I love the way lean turkey comes together with the creamy pumpkin in this recipe, pictured below.
2. HEARTY LENTIL PUMPKIN CHILI (via yours truly)
If you dig a hearty vegetarian chili option, you’ll love this recipe I created.
3. SPICED PUMPKIN SEEDS (via Whole Living)
Be sure to keep your pumpkin guts! These make for a crispy and delightful snack.
What are your favorite pumpkin recipes? Leave a comment and share your favorite recipe links!