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Six Yummy Organic Pumpkin Recipes You Can Make for Thanksgiving!
Posted By Lori Zimmer On November 20, 2012 @ 5:12 pm In DIY,gallery,Sustainable Food | 5 Comments
The anti-oxidants in pumpkin will get you feeling refreshed, so why not start your day with a healthy pumpkin shake ? For the sweet treat, combine 1 cup canned organic pumpkin, 1 cup coconut milk or regular milk, 1 frozen banana, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 2 teaspoons of local honey and blend. You can add vanilla protein powder as a supplement, but the pumpkin, coconut and banana will have you buzzing with energy all morning. Garnish with a thick orange slice to add boost of C!
This time of year calls for soups , and the pumpkin based variety are hearty and filling, while low in calories and easy to make. Simply sauté one onion in 1 tablespoon of margarine in a medium saucepan until clear. Then add 1 can of pumpkin puree, 1 1/3 cups vegetable broth, 3 cups soy milk (or dairy), ½ teaspoon of nutmeg and ½ teaspoon sugar. Cook over medium heat for just 15 minutes. This stick to your ribs creamy soup practically makes itself!
The rich texture of pumpkin makes a great alternative to tomato sauce, served over whole wheat or gluten free pasta  for a main dish. Start by sautéing 3 cloves of crushed garlic and one finely chopped onion in olive oil until clear. Add 2 cans pumpkin (or one pound cooked fresh pumpkin) and 1 cup of very strong vegetable stock and bring to a boil. After five minutes, add ½ cup heavy cream or nondairy milk and a dash of nutmeg and salt. Whisk until smooth, then pour over whole wheat pasta and garnish with grated cheese.
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.
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!
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