I love Pumpkins! Pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin tea, pumpkin spice lattes (made with pumpkin not sugar-water) pumpkin soup, and just about anything else pumpkin!
Since they are rich in vitamin A, filled with potassium and high in fiber, pumpkin is nutritious, delicious and low-calorie ideal food for plant powered people. Don’t forget about the seeds, Pumpkin seeds are high in protein, contain iron and B vitamins.
I saw a recipe on pinterest that claimed you can make delicious, quick and not so bad for you pumpkin muffins and it only requires 2 ingredients. 1 can of pumpkin puree (make sure it is pumpkin only – no added junk) and a box of ‘Spice’ Cake mix. I should note that found a regular and a organic ‘spice’ cake mix that does not contain eggs or dairy.
Mix the two together, scoop into muffin tins/cupcake tins and bake according to the box. No need to add anything else but I do add a pinch of ‘pumpkin pie spices’
Roasted Pumpkin seeds are a tasty treat and roasting is easy and quick. Add roasted pumpkin seeds to sautéed vegetables, sprinkle top of salads, chop and added to oatmeal or cereal and use in place of nuts in cookies. Below are two of my favorite roasting variations.
Clean the seeds (don’t wash – just take the pumpkin remnants off), Pre heat oven to 300, spread seeds on a cookie sheet (I like to put tinfoil down first) then season with either:
3 tablespoons melted Earth Balance butter (or other butter), 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
3 tablespoons melted Earth Balance butter (or other butter), 1 teaspoon garlic, 1/2 teaspoon thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
Roast for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. You will need to stir/flip them once or twice. Sprinkle sugar on the cinnamon/nutmeg seeds if you’d like. Enjoy!
Do you love pumpkin? Have you gotten into the fall pumpkin craze? What is your go to pumpkin recipe? Tell me… I need more pumpkin things in my life.