I love pumpkin. But I am not the biggest pumpkin pie fan. Or pumpkin spice latte.
Go ahead hate me, call me crazy. It just is what it is.
But like I said, I adore pumpkin and eat it all year long. In fact it is one of my go-to pantry items to keep on hand for a boost of nutrition and flavor that I can add to breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert. Pumpkin finds it’s way on my table in both savory and sweet dishes. In fact, I have some fabulous recipes to share with you today.
5 Must Try Pumpkin Recipes That Are Not Pie
For breakfast, I like to add it to my oatmeal with a drizzle of maple syrup and some dried cranberries. For a fancier breakfast, nothing beats Overnight Pumpkin Spice French Toast Casserole. Bread is soaked in a rich custard flavored with pumpkin and warming spices of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Then it is finished off with a struesel for extra crunch and flavor. Sounds like a great choice for Thanksgiving or Christmas Breakfast, doesn’t it?!
Another item I enjoy with a cup of coffee is Pumpkin Muffins. These muffins are whole wheat, naturally sweetened and dairy free. But I promise you they are the moistest muffins I have ever had. I can linger over a cup of coffee and one of these muffins–a bit of heaven in my book.Slather these muffins with homemade pumpkin butter and WOW!!
But did you ever think of using pumpkin in savory dishes?
It is time you change that, if you have not yet made a savory pumpkin dish!
One of my favorite things to do is mix pumpkin with beans of some sort and serve as a quick, nutritious burrito. Believe it or not pumpkin pairs perfectly with Mexican spices. Sometimes I serve the burritos plain with just a side of salsa. Other times I take the dish up a few notches and make these Pumpkin Enchiladas–out of this world!
Or how about trying pumpkin in a side dish? Like this Harvest Quinoa Salad with Pumpkin Viniagrette. Yes, Pumpkin Dressing?! You don’t want to miss this sweet and savory salad.
And of course as you know, pumpkin lends itself perfectly to desserts. My personal favorite is this Upside Down Pumpkin Apple Cake. Oh yes, so incredibly tasty and bursting will all the flavors you crave during the fall months.
Or one of these fabulous Pumpkin Recipes from Food Network’s Let’s Dish:
The Lemon Bowl: Healthy Pumpkin Bread
Foodtastic Mom: Pumpkin Shepherd’s Pie
Creative Culinary: Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Molasses Walnut Crumble
Dishin & Dishes: Overnight Pumpkin French Toast
The Mom 100: Pasta Shells with Pumpkin in a Creamy, Cheesy Sauce
Devour: Give ‘Em Pumpkin to Talk About with 4 Instagram-Ready Desserts
The Fed Up Foodie: Pumpkin Gnocchi Soup
A Mind “Full” Mom: 5 Must-Try Pumpkin Recipes That Are Not Pie
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Eggless Pumpkin Pie
Taste with the Eyes: Fabulous Fall Dessert: Pumpkin Ricotta Wonton Ravioli
Mom Loves Baking: Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Bundt Cake
Pinch My Salt: Buttermilk Pumpkin Spice Bread
Swing Eats: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Molasses Marshmallows (GF)
Hey Grill Hey: How to Grill Pumpkin
In Jennie’s Kitchen: No Bake Pumpkin Cream Pie
FN Dish: 6 Surprising Ways to Use Canned Pumpkin for More Than Pie