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Pumpkin: Recipe ideas with this tasty seasonal vegetable

Pumpkin_stemWhilst the weather has been staying quite mild of late, some may say we’re enjoying a bit of an Indian summer, but it is the beginning of October and that brings upon us a new selection of seasonal goodies.

If you’ve got kiddies (or lets’ face it, even if you don’t!) you’re bound to be out buying pumpkins to carve over the next few weeks. So why not buy a few more and make good use of this tasty vegetable by getting a little creative in the kitchen?

Here are some of our favourite pumpkin recipes* that you, your family and your friends are going to love …

For starters

Pumpkin soup with black beans – delicious, hearty and healthy. Make a batch, separate them into single portions and there you have a tasty lunch to bring to work.

Roast pumpkin with cream, thyme & Parmesan – by serving this soup in the carved pumpkin, you’ll be creating an impressive starter to wow your friends.

Mini Tenderstem, Pumpkin and Pine Nut Tartlets – this classy dish is seriously delicious. And any leftovers can be eaten over the following few days.

For mains

Pumpkin curry with chickpeas – the perfect vegetarian meal that even the meat-lovers amongst you will love!

Hubble bubble pumpkin pot – if you’ve got kids, or are a big kid at heart, you’ll love creating this yummy dish.

Roast pumpkin and feta risotto – The perfect balance between sweet and salty. If you like risotto, you’ll love this seasonal twist.

For desert

Narrowing this one down to just three recipes was hard! There are so many uses for pumpkin when it comes to deserts – pie, cake, pudding, biscotto, cookies, cupcakes, waffles …

But our top three are:

Pumpkin swirl brownies – delicious and so much healthier than full on chocolate brownies with half the calories. That doesn’t mean you can eat two in one sitting though!

Pumpkin gingerbread – the smell of this baking will be enough to keep on repeating the process throughout the wintery months ahead!

Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins – Not as scary as you might think to make, this is arguably the best way to make a muffin.

So those are our top three starter, mains and deserts using this season’s must-have vegetable.

What are yours?

* Recipes taken from BBC Good Food, Smitten Kitchen and All Recipes

 

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