As the leaves change and the weather begins to cool, your first instinct might be to buy expensive pumpkin-spiced lattes at the local coffee shop. But this year, instead of spending so much money on pumpkin-flavored items, al fresco has a solution with some easy and delicious recipes! These healthy pumpkin recipes will let you balance out all the lattes and pumpkin pie you’ll be eating this season.
First step: go to a local pumpkin patch and pick your perfect pumpkins to carve for spooky jack o’ lanterns and to use in these tasty treats.
Harvest Pumpkin Soup
Soup is great in the fall when you need something to warm you up, so why not use the inside of your jack o’ lanterns as a delicious ingredient to make your whole family happy?
Roasted Pepper and Asiago Chicken Sausage Ragu over Pumpkin Polenta
Polenta is an Italian side dish that is essentially creamy cornmeal. This al fresco recipe may only have a hint of pumpkin, but the combination of sausage and pumpkin polenta is to die for!
There is nothing better than homemade pumpkin pie made with fresh pumpkins. This easy recipe will take you step by step for making the perfect pie. To enhance the experience, you could create a pie contest for the best looking and best tasting pie. Gather some of your friends and family and determine some ground rules then get baking. Once the winners are announced, you can donate the remaining pies to a local food shelter to brighten other people’s day, but make sure to save at least one pie back at home for your family and friends as a well-deserved celebratory treat.
While cooking with all these pumpkins, you’ll be sure to have hundreds of seeds in excess, so why not use them up as a tasty snack? The secret with this recipe is that you boil the seeds in salt water first then roast them with olive oil and salt to retain all that salty goodness.