Feeding the Family on a Budget Using Seasonal Foods - Part Two: Pumpkin Recipes
The Usual Pumpkin Recipes
We all know about the usual pumpkin recipes. We open up a can of pumpkin puree and dump it in a bowl along with a bunch of other ingredients and we make one of the usual pumpkin recipes. However, using this method we are not using "seasonal ingredients". We are probably using last seasons pumpkins that have been canned and stored all year. In addition, canned pumpkin isn't exactly cheap when you compare it to the price of a whole pumpkin.
Preparing Fresh Pumpkin for Recipes
Preparing your own puree is a lot easier that you think. This method can be used cup for cup in place of canned pumpkin.
Cut the pumpkin in to manageable pieces and remove the seeds and stringy insides. Reserve seeds for another use. Cut pumpkin into chunks and place in a saucepan covered with water. Bring to a boil and cook until chunks are fork tender. Drain, allow to cool and puree. Use in place of canned pumpkin in any recipe.
Why Eat Pumpkin?
Pumpkin is an excellent source of vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C. It is also fat free and cholesterol free. Pumpkins are in abundance in fall.
Beyond Pie and Bread
We all have a pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread recipe, right? Here are some other ways that fresh pumpkin can be used.
- Throw some cubed pumpkin into your favorite beef or lamb stew.
- Try a variation on the usual pumpkin bread like pumpkin ginger, pumpkin zucchini or pumpkin cranberry.
- Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.
- Pumpkin cheesecake.
- Pumpkin pudding.
- Make your own pumpkin shakes, like they serve at your local fast food restaurant.
- Pumpkin pancakes.
- Pumpkin soup.
- Mix leftover pureed pumpkin into your dog's food for a nutritious boost.
- Freeze in the correct portion size for use in your favorite recipe when pumpkin is out of season.
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