Perfect Pumpkin

In honor of Halloween and the fall season, and because pumpkins are 1 hazar in the bazaar right now, here is my post about pumpkin. Not only are winter squash delicious and versatile, they are healthy! Check out their nutritional profile here.

Here are some of my favorite things to do with pumpkin…

Of course you can carve it.

But even when it is not Halloween, there are plenty of options

Roasted Pumpkin

My all time favorite is roasting it. I just cut it up in strips, put it on a baking sheet and put it in the oven somewhere around 375′ until it is brown and smells delicious. Eat fresh or cold the next day. So good!

Pumpkin Seeds

When you are cutting up your squash, don’t throw away the seeds. They are easy to cook and such a  tasty, healthy snack.

Simply pull them out of the pumpkin getting as much of the orange mushy stuff off as you can. Soak them in water then dry them on a towel. Spread them on a baking sheet or foil, season with desired flavoring. One of my favorites is garlic salt and a bit of paprika, but you could experiment with all sorts of things.Put them in the oven around 350′ for 30 minutes or until they begin to pop. Stir once or twice during that time. And enjoy!

Pumpkin Chili

This was originally a Cooking Light recipe. I have made it many times and it always comes out good. Tonight I just did black beans and it was a hit. The pumpkin gave it a really fun edge.

Pumpkin Cookies

There are so many ways to bake with pumpkin. I like to make hearty oatmeal cookies with pumpkin and dates. But baking options are unlimited, pumpkin bread, muffins, chocolate chip cookies, cake… Simply steam the pumpkin, puree it and it is ready to go into your next baked good.

Pumpkin Ice Cream

Since finding an ice cream maker in the bazaar I have experimented with all sorts of flavors. This one was a winning combination. The oreos were a great compliment to the pumpkin pie background. It was amazing!

Happy Halloween everybody!

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