Pumpkin pie is a seasonal favorite, but a healthy crustless alternative – pumpkin pudding - is just as good. Not to mention super easy to make! Mix an 8 ounce container of low fat vanilla yogurt, 1 cup canned pumpkin, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and then chill and serve!
You can enjoy yummy pumpkin puree butter year round by making your own in a crock pot! You’ll need to fill the pot with 7 cans of pumpkin, 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon cloves, ½ teaspoon of allspice and 3 cups sugar. Slow cook it on low for around 8 hours to thicken it up. Chill and spread on everything! Or can it and give it as gifts, or a treat for your own family year round.
Sweet and Spicy Seeds
There are some things you just can’t sacrifice fresh pumpkin for – like roasted pumpkin seeds! A favorite Halloween variation from the traditional roasted salted seeds is going the sweet and spicy route. After digging out the guts of a medium pumpkin, separate and wash the seeds. Then mix 1 egg white, ¼ cup natural sugar, ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper and ½ teaspoon sea salt. Toss in the seeds and roast on a baking sheet at 375 degrees for 12 minutes.
Now that you’re armed with these savory and sweet pumpkin recipes, start introducing the vitamin-rich fruit into your family’s daily meals today!