Pumpkin is available all year round, and contrary to popular belief, they’re not just for Halloween decorations and pumpkin pies! From the Middle East to Asia, and from France to Greece, each place has its own variety of ways on how they cook with pumpkins. Perhaps, it’s because nothing goes wrong with using this sweet and savory vegetable as one of the main ingredients of a dish!

Though, aside from that, another reason why more and more people are obsessed with this superfood is because it’s packed with a number of benefits, such as high in fiber, boosts vision, lowers blood pressure, and many more.

So, without further ado, here are some of the best pumpkin recipes for you to try!

1. Pumpkin Bars

If you’re thinking of a healthier alternative to pumpkin pie, then this one is for you. Every decadent bite of this moist dessert is definitely worth it, and you won’t even feel guilty that you’re stuffing your body with lots of calories.

– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 1/2 cup spelt flour
– 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
– 1/4 tsp baking soda
– 1/2 tsp baking powder
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 5 tbsp brown sugar
– 1/4 cup of pureed pumpkin
– 2 tbsp coconut oil
– 2 tbsp non dairy milk
– 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients together; then incorporate the wet.
3. Evenly spread the mixture onto your baking pan and bake for around 20 minutes.
4. Top with cream cheese frosting if you want, and slice into 1×1” squares.

2. Pumpkin Salad with a Crunch

If squash is in season, then you should definitely be taking advantage of this, and if you’re going to whip up a salad with spinach, then you’ll have a healthier version! Crunchy pumpkin seeds are a great source of protein, zinc, and iron. Not only that, it also livens up the dish and the pumpkin cubes gives it a wonderful color.

– 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, hulled
– 5 oz. baby spinach
– 3 cups pumpkin, cubed
– 4 tbsp dried cherries
– 1/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola
– 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
– 2 tbsp olive oil
– A dash of salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. On a baking sheet, place the pumpkin cubes, drizzle some olive oil, and let it cook until it becomes slightly brown.
3. Toss everything together and season with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.
4. Enjoy!

3. Pumpkin Muffins with a Little Bit of Feta

This is a perfect breakfast snack-on-the-go for those who are health conscious, but would still want to eat something tasty and would keep them full until it’s time for lunch.

– 2 tbsp olive oil
– 1 tbsp butter (unsalted)
– 2 cups pumpkin (diced)
– Salt and pepper to taste
– 2 tbsp parsley (chopped)
– 1 handful of baby spinach (chopped)
– 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
– 3 tbsp sunflower seed kernels
– 2 tsp whole-grain mustard
– 4 tbsp condensed milk
– 1/2 cup feta (diced)
– 3/4 milk
– 2 cups of flour
– 2 tsp baking soda
– 2 tsp baking powder
– 1 tbsp white vinegar

1. Preheat the oven to 405F as you sprinkle some olive oil, salt, and pepper over the squash. Put it in the baking pan and let it bake for about 15-25 minutes. Set aside as you allow it to cool.
2. Combine 2/3 of feta, spinach, sunflower seeds, parsley, Parmesan, and mustard in a mixing bowl. Add in some milk together with the 2/3 of the baked squash.
3. Sift the flour, baking powder, and baking soda onto the remaining squash mix, and sprinkle a generous amount of pepper, and a pinch of salt. Gently fold until the batter comes together.
4. Scoop the mixture and transfer into the prepared pan. Bake for around 30-35 minutes.

4. Pumpkin Lasagna

If you’re looking for a comfort food, nothing tastes better than freshly baked lasagna. However, you would still want to ensure that it’s healthy and here’s how you can do just that.

– 2 cups lean ground turkey
– 2 cups pumpkin, pureed
-1 onion, chopped
– 1 cup low fat ricotta
– 1 zucchini, cubed
– 2 cloves of garlic, minced
– 1 cup of mushrooms, chopped
– 1 tbsp of olive oil
– 1 lb lasagna noodles, cooked
– 1/2 cup low-fat mozzarella cheese
– Salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Saute minced garlic, onions, and mushrooms with olive oil. When the onion becomes translucent, add the ground turkey and continue cooking.
3. Combine ricotta cheese and pumpkin puree.
4. Place a layer of lasagna noodles in an 8×8 pan, then spread the pumpkin mixture. Top with turkey and repeat.
5. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella on top and bake for about 20 minutes.

There you have it! These are just some of the best pumpkin recipes that are easy to prepare, but definitely tasty. Give them a try!

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