Every year, we encounter the same situation at the farmer’s market: everyone buys the pumpkins, yet few know how to cook them. So, a nutritious and tasty vegatable becomes a decoration. There is no need to look up a list of pumpkin recipes. You can simply add pumpkin to the dishes you are already making on a regular basis. Pumpkin is a good source of  Vitamin E,  Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, folate, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, as well as dietary fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, potassium, copper and manganese, so adding pumpkin increases the nutritional value of dishes tremendously, even if its’ taste cannot be distinguished.

Here’s how to pick the best-tasting pumpkin and how to make pumpkin puree.

Dishes to Add Pumpkin To:

  1. Mashed potatoes. Up to a third of cooked and mashed pumpkin cannot be tasted (only seen) in the bowl of mashed potatoes. Add more than that (up to about a half) and the flavor is still good, yet pumpkin-lover-friendly.
  2. Mac and Cheese. Regular or vegan, mac and cheese only benefits from pumpkin puree, as it makes the dish creamier and lighter. Up to 1.5 cups of pumpkin per large casserole dish cannot be tasted.
  3. Alfredo sauce. You can go all out and make  this vegan Pumpkin Alfredo, or you can just add a bit of pureed pumpkin to your regular recipe.
  4. Pizza sauce. White pizza sauce tastes great with pureed pumpkin, just don’t add too much. Top with fresh arugula and maybe  a few roasted beet slices, and you have a wonderful fall pizza.
  5. Replace applesauce in baked goods. Applesauce can be replaced partially or completely in most cakes, muffins and other baked goods for pumpkin puree. Add some cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg for “that distinct fall flavor.”
  6. Oatmeal. Just mix in some pumpkin puree, be brave!
  7. Smoothies. Most smoothie recipes ( green or not) benefit from a blended slice of raw pumpkin.
  8. Casseroles. Most casserole recipes totally work with some pumpkin puree.
  9. Pancakes and crepes. Just add a touch of pumpkin puree to the batter, lightly reducing the overall amount of liquid.See Pumpkin crepes.
  10. Soups. Finely chop up some pumpkin and saute it with a bit of coconut oil prior to adding to any soup you like.

About Dr. Anastasia

Dr. Anastasia Halldin holds a Ph.D in holistic nutrition. She is a homeschooling mother of four boys and a girl. Dr. Anastasia starred on a yoga TV show. She also produced and appeared in thirteen yoga DVDs. Dr. Anastasia speaks four languages and loves doing crafts with her children. She adores sharing her easy healthy family recipes with other mothers.
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