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As soon as fall hits, it seems the world becomes obsessed with pumpkins. There are pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin spice crackers, pumpkin sauces, spreads and cream cheese! I even saw a pumpkin spice deodorant and heard about a pumpkin spice pizza. That’s a little over the top for me…
I do love pumpkin. I look forward to pumpkin season all year long. As soon as those big, orange squashes hit the shelves I’m loading up my cart to make pumpkin puree to make everything from pumpkin pies to soups to lattes.
And pumpkin is super nutritious: it’s a great way to fill up on vitamins like carotenoids, potassium and fiber—nutrients that boost your immune system for the coming winter!
And don’t forget the famous pumpkin pie spices! Cinnamon is great for blood sugar regulation and digestion, nutmeg is an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever, ginger kills cancer cells, allspice is antiseptic and clove is a warming blood detoxifier. Whew! Who knew something so delicious was so beneficial?
Here are a few recipes that are easy to make in VitaClay that can get your fall season kicked off just right.
It all starts with… Pumpkin Puree!
Add pumpkin puree to lots of things, from pancake mixes to sweet breads, to lattes—and boost that nutrition off the charts!
Pumpkin soup is a slightly sweet, very filling and delicious treat for a light dinner or mid-afternoon snack. It’s great hot or cool!
If you like pumpkin pie spice and you like apple butter, do I have a treat for you! I replace apple butter for pumpkin butter every fall and it is such a delicious swap!
Pumpkin curry is really delicious: it’s got that hint of sweetness from the pumpkin that really makes it stand out.
Start with your pumpkin puree and add just a few other ingredients: mix, pour into a pie crust, bake, and voila! Delicious homemade pumpkin pie, just like mom used to make!
Don’t forget Pumpkin Spice Latte!
Why pay $5 for a pumpkin spiced latte at the coffee shop when you can make it better, just how you like it, at home? And you can sip on it all day long. That’s what I call comforting.