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    Pass the Pumpkin! Healthy Fall Recipes

    Posted by Sport & Health on Oct 9, 2016 8:26:01 PM

     

    Fall means hiking, changing leaves.. and pumpkins! There aren't many veggies that provide so much versatility in cooking. Pumpkin can be enjoyed for breakfast, dinner or dessert! Below are a few of our favorite healthy pumpkin recipes for Fall! 

     

    pumpkinsoup_sm.jpgZesty Pumpkin Soup

    This simple, 7-ingredient pumpkin soup is as healthy as it is easy to make - and perfectly satisfaying for chillier weather.

    Ingredients:

    • 2 1/4 cups of pumpkin puree 
    • 2 shallots, diced
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 cups vegetable broth
    • 1 cup light coconut milk 
    • 2 Tbsp maple syrup or agave nectar 
    • 1/4 tsp each sea salt, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg


    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. Using a sharp knife, cut off the tops of two sugar pumpkins and then halve them. Use a sharp spoon to scrape out all of the seeds and strings (see notes for a link to roasting seeds).
    3. Brush the flesh with oil and place face down on the baking sheet. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a fork easily pierces the skin. Remove from the oven, let cool for 10 minutes, then peel away skin and set pumpkin aside.
    4. To a large saucepan over medium heat add 1 Tbsp olive oil, shallot and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly browned and translucent. Turn down heat if cooking too quickly.
    5. Add remaining ingredients, including the pumpkin, and bring to a simmer.
    6. Transfer soup mixture to a blender or use an emulsion blender to puree the soup. If using a blender, place a towel over the top of the lid before mixing to avoid any accidents. Pour mixture back into pot.
    7. Continue cooking over medium-low heat for 5-10 minutes and taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Serve as is or with Kale-Sesame topping.


     

    pumpkinicecream.jpg5-ingredient Pumpkin Ice Cream

    This ice cream is not only simply to make, but tastes like frozen pumpkin pie!

    Ingredients:

    • 4 medium bananas, sliced and frozen overnight
    • 1 cup pumpkin puree
    • 1/3 cup maple syrup
    • 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice, no sugar added if purchased

    Directions:

    1. Using a food processor, blend the bananas, pumpkin, maple syrup, and pumpkin spice thoroughly.
    2. Transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for 24 hours.

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