Halloween is all about pumpkins (and costumes). But pumpkins aren't just for jack-o'-lanterns and pumpkin pie. In fact, if you're leaving the pulp, the seeds and even the rind on the kitchen floor, you're missing out.
Here you'll find recipes for a variety of delicious pumpkin dishes, from breakfast muffins to lunch soups, appetizers to vegetarian dinners ... and, of course, pumpkin desserts.
And don't stop with traditional orange pumpkins. While sweet and delicious, pumpkins and winter squash come in a variety of forms, from the familiar -- butternut and acorn squash, for instance -- to the decidedly strange heirloom varieties.
Many of these pumpkin recipes start with pumpkin puree. There's no reason you have to buy canned puree -- especially if you've just carved pumpkins for jack-o'-lanterns. (Three pounds of pumpkin will produce about three cups of puree.) Here are three ways to make pumpkin puree.
Whether or not you're ready to puree, get your creative (and salivary) juices flowing by checking out these recipes:
Cream of Pumpkin Soup Topped with Curried Pecans Recipe
Crudités with Pumpkin Sage Pâté Recipe
Baked Acorn Squash with Red Quinoa and Pumpkin Seed Stuffing Recipe
Pumpkin Ravioli with Kale Pumpkin Seed Pesto Recipe (Video)
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Don't see what you like? Get creative and try substituting your pumpkin or winter squash into one of these recipes originally designed for a different winter squash. Or, mix and max with a few different squashes for unique new flavor combinations. You may have to adjust the spicing to match the new squash, but that's part of the fun -- and you won't sacrifice any of the nutrition; winter squashes are also among the top sources of both Vitamin A and Beta Carotene, and the seeds are a top source of iron.
Acorn Squash Stuffed with Rutabaga and Pecans
Gluten-Free Butternut Squash Soup with Smoked Paprika Recipe
Butternut Squash Soup
Simple Roasted Acorn Squash
Butternut Squash-Chestnut Soup with Balsamic Caramelized Pears
Roasted Butternut Squash and Pear Soup
Winter Squash Casserole
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