Everyone knows that pumpkins are best thing about fall (despite conspiracy theories about shortages, of course). Sure, you can carve ‘em, and you can even pick them from a patch, but did you know you can work pumpkins into everyday recipes in ways you wouldn’t expect? Those orange orbs are packed with all kinds of good-for-you goodness.
So save the insides of this year’s Jack-O-Latern, or pick up the canned variety at your local supermarket. You’ll want to try these fun and healthy seasonal goodies.
Baked Pumpkin Donuts
A better-for-you alternative to the fried version, these baked donuts break the mold of conventional pumpkin bread and muffins for a new morning treat. This recipe calls for a buttermilk glaze, but you can leave it out (or go light with it) to further slim down your homemade pastry.
Baked Pumpkin Pasta
This creamy mac-and-cheese substitute will impress you with flavor and texture, without a high fat content.
If you just can’t swallow any more pumpkin pie, here’s a simple, creamy dessert with an added dose of protein.
Mix up your usual salad a little with this easy (and light) dressing.
Pumpkin Pizza Dough
Use pumpkin to create a highly nutritious pizza dough, with only a hint of the veggie’s flavor. If you’re not into pizza, use it to make dinner rolls to complement your main dish.
Pumpkin Sage Orzo Risotto
Dice up fresh pumpkin to create this veggie-laced risotto that’s perfect for fall.