Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Just like how my summer snacks revolve around watermelon, this time of year most of my meals & snacks center around pumpkin. :)

So I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite pumpkin uses...

But first, How to make your own pumpkin puree...

Usually I just buy it canned, but since it would seem that I'm not the only pumpkin hoarder, sometimes I can't find the cans, and so I make my own... I use this method to cook just about all my winter squash.   :)


1 small pie pumpkin

Cut your pumpkin in half.
Scoop out & save seeds.
Put in a dish, cut side down, and add 1/4" of water.
Bake at 400° for about 45 minutes.
You'll know it's done when a fork easy pierces the skin.
Remove from pan & let cool so you can handle it.
Scoop out the flesh and puree.

Cut in half

Scoop out Seeds

Put in a dish with 1/4" water

Roast until a fork easily pierces the skin

Scoop out the flesh


Now that you have the puree here's a few ideas for what you can do with it...

· Add it to your oatmeal, of course!
· Eat it plain or mixed with some Greek Yogurt, topped with some pumpkin seeds & cinnamon. :)
· Blend it in a smoothie with Almond milk, a frozen banana, Pumpkin Pie Spice, & a little sweetener.
· Add it to your drinks - I love hot green tea with a spoonful of pumpkin, a splash of almond milk and a shake of cinnamon stirred in!...Or stir a spoonful into your hot apple cider!
· Make yourself some Pumpkin-Yogurt Humus...

1 Can Chickpeas - drained & rinsed
1/4 C Pumpkin Puree
2 T Maple Syrup

Puree it all together.
For a Fancy presentation top with cinnamon & pumpkin seeds. :)

I've really been enjoying this humus!

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