9 Healthy Recipes With Pumpkin Puree
The use of pumpkin as a recipe is limitless, especially during the holidays. If you're tired of the usual pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice latte, go beyond the staples with any of these healthy recipes with pumpkin puree.
11 Oh-So-Delectable Healthy Recipes with Pumpkin Puree
1. Spiced Pumpkin Quesadillas
Swap out the decadent cheese for some pumpkin puree in this quesadilla recipe. It’s a fresh take on the Mexican classic that even the staunchest of health nuts will get second helpings for.
The combination of other herbs and spices like cinnamon, cumin, and parsley add another dimension to the dish. For an even healthier option, make sure to use a whole wheat tortilla.
2. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili
Who says “healthy food” and “comfort food” can’t mix? You can now have both the warm, cozy feeling of chili with the generous dose of vitamin A and unique flavor profile from the pumpkin puree.
Using a slow cooker, prepare this dish earlier in the day so you can have some fresh chili once dinnertime rolls around.
3. Creamy Pumpkin Soup
It’s so easy to whip up a batch of creamy pumpkin soup when you just need a hearty, yet nutritious meal in a pinch. Just puree your fresh pumpkin (or use a canned puree if you need to save some time), some coconut milk, season with some salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and enjoy.
To get that ultra-smooth, creamy consistency, use an immersion blender if you own one.
4. Mashed Pumpkin Potatoes
For a new twist to your classic mashed potatoes, why not stir in some pumpkin puree? Pumpkins contain a ton of fiber, keeping your gut health in shape and lessens the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
To infuse some richness to your mashed pumpkin potatoes, add a teaspoon of miso paste or Worcestershire sauce.
5. Pumpkin Muffins
These pumpkin muffins contain no refined sugars, don’t require oil or butter, and yet produce soft, fluffy muffins that melt in your mouth. As this recipe uses only Keto-friendly sweeteners, even the most sugar-conscious will enjoy these.
They’re so good, even your kids will ask for more.
6. Creamy Pumpkin Pasta
Yes, you don’t need any dairy to make this creamy pumpkin pasta sauce. A healthy does of spinach and sun-dried tomatoes tie all the flavors together and requires no more than 30 minutes of your time to make.
If you need more protein, mix in some sausage or mushrooms to your pasta sauce.
7. One Pot Pumpkin Curry
This Sri Lankan pumpkin curry packs a lot of punch with its rich combination of pumpkin and spice, and only requires one pot to cook for less cleanup. It’s vegan, gluten-free, and oh so comforting for those cold nights.
It’s best served over some rice or along with roti.
8. Pumpkin Hummus
Pumpkin hummus is a spectacular way to use up all the pumpkin flesh you scooped out of jack-o-lanterns. Pumpkin puree adds an autumnal spin on your hummus – perfect for a light snack or an appetizer.
9. Pumpkin Brownies
Add some color and pumpkin flavor to your classic chocolate fudge brownies with some pumpkin puree. Use yogurt, coconut sugar, and oat flour for a treat that’s both healthful and decadent.
Healthy recipes with pumpkin puree need not be bland or boring. From sweet to savory, its versatility makes it an easy way to eat up all those nutrients you otherwise won’t get anywhere else.
What’s your favorite pumpkin puree recipe? Share them in the comments section below!
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