3 Pumpkin Inspired Recipes

When autumn comes, it usually knocks with a pumpkin in tow. Pumpkin has been the unofficial flavor of the season for the longest time. From drinks to easy desserts and complex meals, pumpkin’s in a class of its own.

Aside from its great taste, pumpkin also has many health benefits. It’s high in vitamin C and beta-carotene, which boost immunity and promote good vision. Pumpkin is also good for the heart. It is rich in fiber and potassium that can lower blood pressure and support overall heart health.

Pumpkin Flavored Festivities

This fall—whether for Thanksgiving, Halloween, or just a festive get together—why not do a 3-course pumpkin meal? We list down our favorite pumpkin recipes that are easy to cook and perfect for a holiday feast!

Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup

This is a simple, 4-ingredient recipe that you can do in 30 minutes or less. It’s vegan-friendly and dairy-free. This soup is the perfect way to kick off the fall festivities.

You will need:

  • 2 tbsp. red curry paste
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1¾ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • Optional: sliced red chili pepper and cilantro as garnish

Start cooking the curry paste in a large saucepan over medium heat until it becomes fragrant in about one minute. Add the broth and the pumpkin and stir. Cook until the soup starts to form bubbles. Add the coconut milk and cook for 3 minutes. Serve into bowls and garnish.

One-Pot Pumpkin Pasta

One-pot recipes are the best! It takes little space in the kitchen and makes clean-up a breeze. This one-pot recipe is also very filling and tasty.

You will need:

  • 12 ounces whole wheat pasta
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 4 ounces goat cheese or vegan cream cheese such as garlic and herb cream cheese
  • Parsley for garnish

In a large pot, add noodles, onion, garlic, vegetable broth, pumpkin puree, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Stir to blend together, and put on the stove over high heat.

Bring to a boil and cover. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes for until the pasta is cooked. Stir occasionally. Add butter and cheese. Stir continuously until the cheese has melted.

Serve and top with parsley if desired. Add salt and pepper to taste.

No-Bake Pumpkin Pie

This dessert will be the star of your Halloween feast or Thanksgiving meal. It tastes delicious and is extremely easy to make. The best part? It’s vegan-friendly!

You will need:

  • 2 cups pecans
  • 1½ cups pitted dates
  • 1½ cups cashews
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1½ cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ⅓ cup and 2 tbsp. honey
  • Sea salt to taste

Start making the crust by putting the pecans and other nuts with the dates in a food processor, along with a pinch of sea salt. Make sure the mixture is well-processed by pinching it between your fingers. If it sticks together, then you’ll know it’s ready.

Press mixture evenly onto the bottom and sides of a pie plate.

Place all other ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor, along with another pinch of sea salt. Blend until silky smooth.

Pour the filling over the crust. Smooth out the top with an inverted spatula or knife. Freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight, then enjoy!

Pumpkin is delicious and has loads of health benefits—a real winner! Let’s keep the pumpkin obsession going this fall.

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