Autumn is just around the corner! Although the weather change is subtle in California, there’s no reason to be any less festive. California is one of the top pumpkin producing states! That should be plenty enough reason to take advantage of the fresh produce available and make some scrumptious pumpkin recipes. Take a look at all of the ways you can incorporate the spirit of fall into your weekly meal plan below.
1. Apple Pumpkin Muffins
Muffins make for a quick breakfast on-the-go, or a delicious treat. This recipe makes about one and half dozen muffins. The combination of apples and pumpkin make this recipe a perfect representation of fall. Fresh or canned pumpkin can be used. The jarrahdale pumpkin has a medium sweetness, so if you prefer to cut back on the sugar, use this pumpkin.
2. Pumpkin Bread
Pumpkin bread is a warm, and sweet. It is a must-try staple for the fall season. This recipe can be simple, or complex. This recipe for pumpkin bread is basic, but can be the foundation for a more interesting recipe should you choose to add anything to it. Sugar pie pumpkins are the sweetest, so use them in this recipe if you wish to enhance the sweetness.
3. Pumpkin French Toast
French toast is a breakfast favorite for kids and adults alike. But did you know that pumpkin French toast can be just as easy to make? Check out this simple recipe for some healthy French toast with a kick. Any pumpkins labeled as “pie pumpkins” or “sugar pumpkins” will be sweet and delicious.
4. Pumpkin Butter
Much like almond butter, this delicious spread is great for smearing on bread. And best of all, the ingredients can be thrown into a slow cooker! So you can relax, and enjoy the reward of delicious pumpkin butter three hours later. Leftover butter can be refrigerated in mason jars, and enjoyed throughout the autumn season.
5. Pumpkin Soup
There’s nothing better than a hot bowl of soup to warm the insides. This tasty pumpkin soup recipe is creamy, and enjoyable! It serves about 8, so there may even be some leftovers. But considering the high reviews for this recipe, maybe not. The baby bear pumpkins are small in size, and make for excellent bowls. So hollow them out and serve your guests in style!
6. Cheesy Pumpkin Lasagna
This hearty recipe from Delish turns a classic dinner meal into a fall infused cheesy delight! The total cooking time for this recipe is less than 2 hours, and makes about 8 servings. Lumina pumpkins have a lot of flesh, so you can make more puree.
7. Tortellini with Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce
This savory recipe is a hearty pasta delight! The cooking time for this recipe is merely 10 minutes! Super easy, and quick to make. This recipe calls for canned pumpkin, so there’s no need to peel, seed, and cut a fresh pumpkin. But if you wish, fresh pumpkin can always be substituted.
8. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Simple to make, and yet easy to mess up. Roasted pumpkin seeds are a delicious, healthy treat. They can be enjoyed on their own, or thrown into a trail mix. This easy recipe will ensure your roasted pumpkin seeds are not burnt seeds. Kakai pumpkins produce hull-less seeds, so they’re the perfect pumpkin to make roasted seeds with.
There are many ways to incorporate fresh, or canned pumpkin into your meals. Pumpkins are good for the heart, as they are a high source of potassium and vitamin C. Not to mention they are delicious any way you serve them! So go ahead and take advantage of this versatile, seasonal vegetable.