The fall season officially starts in a few days and I am too excited for spooky movies, seasonal candles, Halloween decor, and pumpkin-flavored everything! This is my favorite time of the year and I love to take advantage by adding as many fall-inspired dishes to my recipe rotation as possible.
I love the warm flavors of pumpkin, apple, cinnamon, and maple and like to get my kiddos involved by having them help recreate some of our favorite seasonal recipes. To celebrate the start of fall, we’ve rounded 24 of our favorite healthy pumpkin recipes including healthy breakfast options, snacks, hearty dinners, and desserts. But first a little background info!
Did you know that the pumpkins you buy for carving are not the same ones you’d buy for recipes? Recipes typically call for canned pumpkin puree as it’s more convenient, but you can hit up your local farmers market or grocery store and look for sugar pumpkins if you prefer fresh. Get tips on how to pick, prep, & store sugar pumpkins.
Carving vs. Sugar Pumpkins
Sugar or pie pumpkins are smaller, rounder, sweeter, and packed with flesh as opposed to their Halloween counterpart, the carving pumpkin. Carving pumpkins tend to be much larger in size, have a thinner shell, grainier texture, and less flesh making them easier to carve.
What to do with leftover canned pumpkin puree?
If you have leftover canned pumpkin puree, store it in a glass or plastic container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Besides finding other delicious ways to add pumpkin to your goto recipes (see list below for tons of ideas!) your best bet is to freeze it for later. Simply add leftovers to a freezer-safe container or bag to freeze. Thaw overnight or in cold water when you’re ready to use it again. Frozen pumpkin puree will keep for several months in the freezer.