I went a little crazy in the month of October trying out different ways to use pumpkin in baking and cooking. Christian is now sick of pumpkin and would prefer it if I didn’t use it again until next year. I found all the recipes through Pinterest and some turned out better than others.
– One Pot Creamy Pumpkin Pasta: I made this while Christian was out of town. I ended up eating it over four days. At first it was more like pumpkin soup with noodles but then the sauce started to thicken and I enjoyed it more. (pic source)
– Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies: These were delicious. They had just a hint of pumpkin with lots of oats, cranberries & chocolate chips. It was a good combination! Christian took these cookies with him to work last week.
– Pumpkin Bread: This is a recipe I altered from this Greek Yogurt Applesauce Bread. Instead of using applesauce and apples, I just added pumpkin. It was very moist. Christian didn’t enjoy the bread, as he wished it had chocolate chips in it. I wished it did as well but I was trying to be healthier! Christian said, “you make a really good banana bread, why don’t you make that?” My response was that I found a good pumpkin-banana bread recipe. The look he gave me said: stop with the pumpkin!
– Pumpkin Granola Bars: I made another batch of granola bars to take to school based on the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars. Instead of putting in peanut butter, I added pumpkin. I definitely miss the peanut butter.
– Easy Pumpkin Hummus: I didn’t follow the directions exactly with the recipe. I didn’t have enough pumpkin, so I used probably just 1 cup of pumpkin and 1 cup of chickpeas. Then I might have gone a little overboard with the lemon juice. Christian had one taste and that was enough for him. I enjoyed it for a couple days as a snack with our favorite crackers, Wasa Delicate This Crackers with Sea Salt. You might be able to find these light, crispy crackers in the US, as I have seen the Wasa brand in grocery stores.
– Pumpkin Sage Sausage Baked Gnocchi: Our final pumpkin dish that we made Saturday night for dinner. It might be better to call it Baked Gnocchi with Pumpkin, as we left out the sage & the sausage. The recipe called for mixing pumpkin puree, spaghetti sauce & goat cheese. Then you coat the gnocchi in the sauce and top with more goat cheese and shredded cheese. This was a delicious but extremely filling dish. This is the one pumpkin dish Christian enjoyed.
So will I be making any more pumpkin dishes in the future? Probably, as I still have a pumpkin sitting in our kitchen!