If you’re carving jack-o-lanterns, be sure to save the seeds and the pumpkin. Pretty much everything except the pulp and the stem is edible (if anyone figures out a way to eat those, let me know). Once Halloween is over, make your own pumpkin puree, then go to town making pumpkin recipes with these five dishes:
Southwestern Pumpkin Burgers
This is a great weeknight meal and a good way to get your kids to eat their veggies. Served in tortillas, these make a healthy, delicious dinner for the whole family.
Butternut Squash and Pepita Dressing
Put your pumpkin seeds to use in this delicious twist on traditional Thanksgiving stuffing (dressing if you’re from the South). Hey, it’s never too early to start testing Thanksgiving recipes on your family!
Roasted Pumpkin Apple Soup
Hopefully the weather in LA will cool off so I can start making soups and stews. This soup combines two great fall ingredients to make one savory dish. It’s a great way to get your kids to eat fruits and veggies all in one meal.
Get the recipe for Pumpkin Apple Soup.
Maple Pumpkin Custards With Crystallized Ginger
This is an elegant dessert to serve at a dinner party, or you can make it as a special after-school treat for your kids.
Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake
This cheesecake is packed with all the flavors of fall. You can also make mini-versions of this recipe and serve as a party snack or kid-sized dessert.
What’s your favorite pumpkin dish?
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