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23177342_s Make the most of pumpkin season with these healthy pumpkin recipes and pumpkin carving ideas.The pumpkin makes a great decoration for doorsteps, but it is also a nutritionally rich and versatile vegetable to cook with.  Pumpkins are an excellent source of vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant.  They are also rich in fiber and vitamin C.  So how do you cook with pumpkin?  You can start with the raw vegetable and cook it or buy canned cooked unsweetened pumpkin.

Baking with pumpkin is easy and adds nutritious fiber into a snack that kids love! Here are some unique pumpkin recipes to get you started, from traditional pumpkin pie to exotic curried pumpkin soup…

Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Crust:  An old-fashioned standard, everyone loves pumpkin pie!  Instead of buying the pre-made pie, give baking your own a try.  Here is a recipe for pumpkin pie with pecan crust, a healthy twist on an old favorite.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins:  Oatmeal is one of my favorite ingredients to add in baking, as it adds the goodness of whole grains to your treats.  This recipe incorporates the goodness of both oatmeal and pumpkin; it is great for lunches or breakfast on the run.  Try these healthy whole grain pumpkin oatmeal muffins .

Curried Pumpkin Soup:  Curry blends so nicely with the taste of pumpkin, even if you are not a curry fan, I’m sure this combination will win you over.  Check out this link and enjoy the creamy flavour of this Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup.

Don’t throw away the seeds! When carving your festive pumpkin, save the seeds.  Here is the easiest way to make this nutritious and delicious snack.

  • Wash seeds immediately under cold water.
  • Place on a baking sheet with 1 tbsp olive oil, mix to coat well.
  • Sprinkle with sea salt and roast at 325 degrees F for 20-25 minutes, check periodically to make sure they don’t burn.

For sweet cinnamon pumpkin seeds, add cinnamon and brown sugar to the above recipe – this will give them a salty sweet taste.  If you are looking for something unique, here is a recipe for Caramelized Spicy Pumpkin Seeds.

Pumpkin Carving Ideas:

Looking for a unique pumpkin carving pattern?  Check out these links for great pumpkin ideas and free pumpkin carving templates that you can print out.  pumpkin carving templates and pumpkin carving ideas
All the best in your pumpkin cooking and carving adventures!

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Stephanie

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