We went to the pumpkin patch in October to pick out our pumpkins and came home with a variety of pumpkins and squashes. There is nothing wrong with buying your pumpkins from the grocery store or Walmart, I buy them from those places as well, but I always try to buy local when I can.
Plus, going to the pumpkin patch is a lot of fun! And there are cute photo ops!
Once you have your pumpkin, wash it really well and cut it in half, from the stem down.
Scoop out all of the seeds and guts. Set the seeds aside to roast later. Cover each half of the pumpkin with foil and set on a cookie sheet, foil side up. Place the cookie sheet in an oven preheated to 325 degrees. Bake for about an hour, or until the flesh is tender and is easily pierced by a fork. Once the pumpkins cool, scoop out the pumpkin flesh (or just peel away the skin) and puree in a food processor.
Now you're all ready to make pumpkin goodness galore! Here are a few paleo pumpkin recipes to try with your fresh puree:
- Pumpkin Chili from Wellness Mama I used this recipe and another recipe for pumpkin chili to make my own version. It was not that far off from this one and it was delicious! You don't taste the pumpkin so much as it melds into the rest of the chili flavors, but you get all of the lutein, alpha and beta carotene and fiber that pumpkin provides!
- Pumpkin Pie Smoothie from Whole Foods Market This is on my list of recipes to try soon. I think it would make a great breakfast or snack smoothie!
- Pumpkin Gingerbread Protein Pancakes from Big Man's World These are just what I need to get out of my morning oatmeal rut! Perfect to try this Thanksgiving week.
- Chai Pumpkin Bread from PaleOMG I recently made a pumpkin bread recipe from Wellness Mama, but this one looks ahh-mazing!
- Pumpkin Pie "Ice Cream" from Paleo Newbie Oh man, now I want to put an ice cream maker on my Christmas wish list!
- Paleo Pumpkin Pie by My Natural Family You down with PPP? Yeah, you know me!
- Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Six Ways by Back to Her Roots She covers how to roast pumpkin seeds and offers six different ways to season them, including Dill Pickle, Salt & Pepper and Sweet & Spicy. The last two are not paleo, but you could possibly sub the sugar for maple syrup, honey or stevia if you wanted to try them.
Do you have a favorite pumpkin recipe? The holidays are the perfect time to make both tried and true recipes and new ones that will wow your family and guests. Don't you agree? I hope you have a very blessed Thanksgiving!