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Pumpkin Picks: Best Recipes from the Blogosphere

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

Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Shake from Oh My Veggies

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.

Pumpkin Muffins with Eggnog Cream Cheese Swirl from The Kitchn

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

 Pepita-Habanero Dip from PureWow

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.

Pumpkin and Sweet Onion Quesadilla

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.


Pumpkin Cashew Coconut Curry over Coconut Rice from PaleOMG

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.

Pumpkin Apple Harvest Rice from LunchBox Bunch

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.

Which of these pumpkin recipes would you most like to try? Tell us in the comments below and you’ll be entered to win an autumn-inspired table setting–featuring set of four Pine Cone Hill Hydrangea napkins and Mingled Charcoal placemats–valued at $93! The contest runs from now until 11:59 p.m. EST October 25, 2012. View the full details.
Congratulations to our winner, Betsy from Montana!


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sydney85 October 23, 2012 at 11:21 am

All these recipes look great but my first choice to try is the Pumpkin Harvest Apple Rice. It looks delicious!

Pam Lapere October 23, 2012 at 11:27 am

The breakfast smoothie/snack I will likely try and definitely pumpkin apple harvest rice!

Sara P. October 23, 2012 at 1:11 pm

I would love to try the Pumpkin Apple Harvest Rice from LunchBox Bunch. I am always on the lookout for healthy, easy lunches. This one looks fab!

dorothy sergi October 23, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I rely on Smoothies in the morning to fuel my two teenagers for school . I am making the pumpkin smoothie in the morning !! Thanks for the great recipes !!

Betsy October 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm

The curry sounds delicious.

Debra Lee October 24, 2012 at 12:24 am

The Pumpkin Muffins with Eggnog Cream Cheese Swirl has me drooling a little!

Heather October 24, 2012 at 1:52 am

The pumpkin coconut curry for sure!

gary October 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm

pumpkin apple harvest rice from lunchboxbunch!

Shelly October 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Oh boy…they all look pretty delicious. The pumpkin muffins though, YUM!!! Those look too good not to bake this weekend!

Lori October 24, 2012 at 5:18 pm

I’ve made the Pumpkin Apple Harvest Rice and can vouch for its deliciousness!

search engine marketing November 1, 2012 at 9:22 am

This fall I was waiting quite impatiently for pie pumpkins to be available so I could try my hand at this dish. I’m happy to report this version was much more what I had hoped for the first time around. The roasted pumpkin is creamy and slightly sweet, and when paired with the slightly nutty browned butter sauce, the combination is truly mouth-watering. The grated Gruyere is a semi-optional serving suggestion, but Ben and I agreed that it took this dish to another level. This is an easy yet sophisticated meal that is ideal for fall entertaining. Enjoy!

Gail Bonilla November 16, 2012 at 3:56 am


Taylor Sauce September 20, 2017 at 1:16 am

I would love to try the Pumpkin Apple Harvest Rice from LunchBox Bunch.
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