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Pumpkin Is the Star Ingredient Come Fall
Come fall, we’re unabashedly obsessed with the whipped cream-topped happiness in a cup that is the PSL (especially our healthy homemade version). But if you, like us, could use another reason to incorporate pumpkin into your diet this season, get a load of this: they’re full of health benefits. Pumpkins are a major source of vitamin A and will also help you reach your daily intake of vitamin C, potassium, copper, and manganese. They can also help keep you trim, keep wrinkles at bay, support healthy eyes, strengthen your immune system, and reduce the risk of chronic disease.
What’s more? Pumpkin is the key ingredient in many of our favourite fall dishes. Below, our top pumpkin-focused dishes to make now.
Pumpkin Pancakes with Cinnamon-Apple Topping
Top each stack with buttery, cinnamon-spiced apples then drizzle with maple syrup.
Recipe: Pumpkin Pancakes with Cinnamon-Apple Topping
Lentil Pumpkin Soup
Make this soup on a chilly fall day and serve with cornbread or a French baguette.
Recipe: Lentil Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin Spice Bars
These bars are accented with warming spices such as cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg to create a treat that’s as comforting as it is healthy.
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Bars
Pumpkin Soup with Sourdough Sage Croutons
A dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of crunchy croutons give this pumpkin soup extra flavour.
Recipe: Pumpkin Soup with Sourdough Sage Croutons
Pressure Cooker Curried Pumpkin Risotto
This easy dish is like fall in a bowl. It gets a flavour boost from the curry.
Recipe: Pressure Cooker Curried Pumpkin Risotto
Pumpkin Spice Cookies
You would never believe that a combination of such simple, grain-free ingredients could produce a cookie that’s so big on taste.
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Roasted Pumpkin and Brussels Sprouts
Revamp your signature roasted Brussels sprouts side dish by adding pumpkin.
Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin and Brussels Sprouts
Scented Rice in Baked Pumpkin
This easy, delicious and healthy side is a fall-favourite showpiece that always delights.
Recipe: Scented Rice in Baked Pumpkin
Healthy Pumpkin Cupcakes
We turned everybody’s favourite autumn drink into a healthy cupcake.
Recipe: Healthy Pumpkin Cupcakes
Pumpkin & Cauliflower Garlic Mash
Pumpkin, cauliflower and thyme combined makes a flavourful fall dish, perfect as a side.
Recipe: Pumpkin & Cauliflower Garlic Mash
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
There’s nothing like a bowl of warm oatmeal in the morning, especially when its sprinkled with our favourite fall spices.
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
Pumpkin Pie-Spiced Granola
This homemade granola tastes like real pumpkin pie—but it’s a whole lot quicker to make.
Recipe: Pumpkin Pie-Spiced Granola
Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes
These pancakes pair perfectly with a hot cup of coffee on a crisp fall morning.
Recipe: Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes
Pumpkin Salad with Walnuts and Blue Cheese
Bring pumpkin to the forefront with this unique and lovely side dish that will garner you recipe requests.
Recipe: Pumpkin Salad with Walnuts and Blue Cheese
Roasted Red Pepper & Pumpkin Lasagna
This veggie-packed lasagna is the ultimate healthy weeknight dinner. It’s exploding with a delicious warmth of flavours to make your taste buds soar.
Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper & Pumpkin Lasagna
Pumpkin Spice Minute Muffin
Loaded with fibre and vitamin A, pumpkin makes a great low-calorie substitute for butter or oil in baking.
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Minute Muffin
Pumpkin and Lentil Salad
Like most salads, this recipe is high in fibre, but the protein from the lentils, pistachios and cheese means that it is hearty and satisfying enough to be served on its own, or with bread, as a light main meal.
Recipe: Pumpkin and Lentil Salad
Pumpkin & Apple Oatmeal
This healthy oatmeal is deliciously creamy.
Recipe: Pumpkin & Apple Oatmeal
Pumpkin hummus makes a great holiday appetizer. Why? A helping of pumpkin can help you balance out the effects of too many salty holiday snacks thanks to its high levels of potassium.
Recipe: Pumpkin Hummus
Healthy Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
This smoothie encompasses all the flavours of fall, without the extra calories.
Recipe: Healthy Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
Curried Pumpkin and Walnut Soup
This delicious, creamy pumpkin and walnut soup is full of immunity-boosting nutrients.
Recipe: Curried Pumpkin and Walnut Soup
Pumpkin Maple Crustless Cheesecake
What happens when pumpkin meets with cheesecake? Nothing less than magic!
Recipe: Pumpkin Maple Crustless Cheesecake
Pumpkin Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies
These airy chocolate chip pumpkin cookies are tender and muffin-like.
Recipe: Pumpkin Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pasta and Pumpkin Coconut Cream Sauce
We swapped regular pasta noodles with spinach rice noodles for an even healthier dish.
Recipe: Pasta and Pumpkin Coconut Cream Sauce
The Perfect Pumpkin Pie
This pumpkin pie is healthier than the traditional version. The recipe calls for canned pumpkin purée rather than standard pie filling, and fat-free condensed milk instead of heavy cream.
Recipe: The Perfect Pumpkin Pie
Next, check out our roundup of the best apple recipes to try this season.