Pumpkin Breakfast Shake
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!
Thick and Hearty Pumpkin Soup
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!
Perfect Pumpkin Pasta Sauce
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.