Wednesday, October 20, 2010
My Ways To Enjoy Pumpkin
We're surrounded by pumpkin this time of year! Pumpkin is one of the most delicious gourds;It's my favorite! Its deep orange flesh and sweet flavor make it a wonderful food on the fall table. But you don't have to be limited to pumpkin pie. One way I like it is:
In a warm salad - Pumpkin is good in most recipes that call for butternut squash, which I don't care for much. Its warmth and bright color bring the same qualities. The salad could be made with pumpkin or squash; it also includes lentils and goat cheese.
Stuffed and baked! - the pumpkin makes a fabulous vegetarian centerpiece at a holiday meal. I have had this once, not bad!
3.In a stir-fry - I've made chicken and pumpkin stir-fry before and its easy, autumnish, and very good.
4.In a creamy soup is my all time favorite! - Pumpkin lends itself so well to warm, creamy soups. Buy a pumpkin tortilla soup mix or pumpkin soup with bacon. Yummy!
5- In baked goods - OK, this is really how we want to eat pumpkin right now! After Halloween I'll make some pumkin bread and probably some muffins as well to take to the big dinner! And don't forget about the seeds! Pumpkin seeds make a great snack. To get the maximum flavor, first simmer them in salt water so the salt permeates the seed. Then roast them with spices for a toasty fall snack. I can't stop eating those little suckers once I start!