Feeling hungrier these days? No wonder, what with the shorter days and cooler temperatures that signal the slow slide into mid-autumn. Well, fear not, dear readers, because we’ve got an incredible roundup of recipes from the best blogs featuring one of our favorite fall food delights: the great pumpkin.
Breakfast or Sweet Treat
Breakfast smoothies are a staple for several Fresh American staffers who like to pack a few extra servings of fruit into their day. This one is less sweet than its tropical or berry-based sisters, and boasts banana for a dose of potassium and a creamy texture, plus hearty oats for a more filling quality. If you’re vegan, sub in soy milk.
Not a big breakfast eater? You will be once you try these addictive, moist, rum-spiked muffins from Apartment Therapy sister site The Kitchn. Fair warning: Leave them at home while you’re at work, so you’re not tempted to keep visiting the serving plate. Just to make sure the muffins aren’t lonely, of course.
Lunch or Midday Snack
A creamy, earthy-spicy treat from Chef Brendan Mahaney of Belly Taqueria in Eugene, Oregon, this innovative salsa-guacamole hybrid relies on vitamin-rich pumpkin seeds, rather than the flesh, for its nutty flavor and creamy texture.
Skip the run-of-the-mill sandwich or grilled cheese and whip up a lunch that’s easy, flavorful, and memorable. For this little gem, we prefer to roast and mash fresh pumpkin, rather than using the canned variety, in advance, so it’s ready to go come cooking time.
Dig in to this hearty, savory entrée stuffed with healthy ingredients like cauliflower, nuts, and pumpkin, with the decadent kick of a coconut curry. We like it even better without the chicken, but leave it in for a kiddie crowd pleaser.
This toasty, sweet-and-savory number is full of some of our favorite fall flavors, like apples and sweet onions, and makes a protein-rich meal with the addition of chickpeas. Bonus: It keeps well in the fridge, so you can mix up a big batch and break it into smaller portions for nights when you don’t have the time (or desire) to cook.