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Fall Menu: 25 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

I admit. I’m one of those people that waits patiently every year for the highly anticipated seasonal PSL (aka Pumpkin Spice Latte) at Starbucks.

No. I won’t be buying the 10 year anniversary limited edition mug made with Swarvoski crystals for a mere 150.00 (450.00 if you’re lucky crazy enough to win the bid on Ebay) but, every now and then, I will enjoy a grande non-fat extra hot pumpkin spice soy latte.

I probably should have said I’m one of those people that waits patiently for pumpkin recipes in general. Pumpkin screams fall is coming and all that I love about the season. It’s the little things right. Is it strange that given how much I love pumpkin recipes they’re strictly a fall delight?

Did you know pumpkin is high in:

  • carotenoids
  • pumpkin seeds are high in protein (If you’re a nut/seed butter fan try making pumpkin seed butter. Yum!)
  • EFA’s (essential fatty acids)
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Zinc
  • Fiber

And, some of the health benefits include:

  • reduces the risk of prostate cancer
  • anti-inflammatory effect
  • great on your skin
  • prevents kidney stones
  • reduces risk of depression
  • a natural diuretic that helps flush out toxins

source 

Recipes

A few old favorites and a lot of new to try in the kitchen this fall.

Anyone else craving pumpkin waffles or pancakes for breakfast?

On the menu for this week…
Breakfast
Green Pumpkin Smoothie
Buckwheat Waffles
Pink Power Detox Smoothie
Snack
KIND bar
Smoothie
Lunch/Dinner
4 Layer Vegan Sandwich Lettuce Wrap
Super Salad
Thai Slaw
Greens with Cashew Sauce
Sweet Potato Bowl

What’s on your menu this week? Anything new? Do you have a favorite pumpkin recipe? Do you eat pumpkin year around or seasonal only?


 

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  2. Thank you for posting! So many of these look amazing. I am a pumpkin lover through and through … I have it at least 4 times a week, year round, in my breakfast. Hasn’t gotten old for the past 2 years or so!

    1. Hi Megan. I don’t know why I only eat pumpkin in the fall. As much as I love it I should eat it year around.

  3. Fall is definitely my favorite season. I was born towards the end of October, so I’ve always been a huge fan of Halloween. As a kid, I wanted chocolate cakes with orange frosting for my birthday cakes 🙂

    I am a huge fan of pumpkin and butternut squash and pretty much cook with them year-round. I have never been a fan of the Pumpkin Spice Latte. I try it every year thinking I’ll have changed my mind, then grimace at the first sip. 🙂

    I came up with this gluten-free coconut flour version of Jamie Eason’s popular Protein Pumpkin Bars. They were delish. If you are looking for something different, give ’em a try!

    http://thewellnessscientist.com/meatless-monday-recipe-coconut-flour-pumpkin-protein-bars/

    Thanks for sharing! Those Pumpkin Pancakes you shared are going to start happening very soon at my house 🙂

    1. Hi Karen. Thanks for the recipe link. I’ll def check it out. I love the PSL but rarely drink it. Too much sugar 🙁

  4. YAY FOR FALL!!!!! However, I have yet to really feel FALL… But it will come!! And soon enough the holidays will be here! I cannot wait until November 2 – my favorite day of the year!

  5. Hi Jill! I really love anything pumpkin and you just made it that much better! Thanks for the great recipes.
    Sami

  6. I made pumpkin chili last year for the teacher’s lounge at work and it was a huge hit!! I love that it is time for fall food!

  7. I’m not a super big pumpkin lover but I think this year I’m going to try the pumpkin chili – sounds interesting and I like to put in different ingredients and see if my family can figure out what it is!

  8. Ahhh Pumpkin! Love it! I’ve already started using it in meals and of course had to get out all my pumpkin candles! Can’t start September without them! Definitely craving pumpkin pancakes after reading your post! Just might make them too 🙂

    1. I’m obsessed with pumpkin waffles! Def started lighting pumpkin candles in Sept!

  9. My husband is one of those pumpkin folks that goes crazy for the orange goddess. I like it, but am not crazy fan, but I love working with it. I just made a pumpkin carmel sauce… not very healthy but creamy and delicious. You’ve got some great links, I will trying a few of these for sure.

    1. Hi Lisa. My husband and I are the opposite. He likes it but I love it 🙂

  10. Wow – a LOT of those recipes look really good. I’m cooking a batch of steel cut oats right now for weekday breakfasts, and I think I will stir in some pumpkin and almond butter… yum!

    1. Hi Sarah. Pumpkin and almond butter…yum! Have you ever tried a warm pumpkin muffin with almond butter on top. So good!

  11. I’m a pumpkin lover! I even have a board on Pinterest specifically for pumpkin recipes. I made myself wait till the first day of wearing long sleeves for getting a PSL. That was Thursday and I’ve had two since! So good!

  12. The Starbucks mug sure is pretty, but $450, you’ve got to be crazy! Love everything pumpkin and I can’t wait to check out some of your links. I’ve already enjoyed pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin breakfast scramble and pumpkin bread, so far!

    1. Hi Kim. I’m obsessed with pumpkin waffles right now! I would love to have your pumpkin pancake recipe 🙂

  13. Pumpkin is crazy good for you! Are we programmed to crave pumpkins this time of year? I have been craving pumpkin dishes too. Love the recipe list!

    1. Denise that must be it!! We’re programmed for pumpkin and fall to go together. So I’m not so crazy after all 🙂

    1. Hi Laura. I’m obsessed with chia pudding and chia oats right now and can’t wait to try the recipe. Same for the peanut butter. I’m a firm believer you can’t go wrong with nut butters 🙂

      Have a great day!

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