Friday, October 28, 2016

Enjoy Pumpkin This Fall

It's pumpkin time! From the Pumpkin Spiced Latte at the coffee shop to pumpkin "everything" at the market, we notice the flavor everywhere in the fall. Most of the processed foods touting pumpkin flavor contain too many sugars and the wrong kind of fats. Do we have to skip our favorite fall flavor? Not at all.

Pumpkin not only tastes good, but it’s a nutritional powerhouse. Just 1 cup of mashed pumpkin contains 200 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin A. Not only that, but it’s low in calories, rich in fiber and a great source of beta-carotene, one of those antioxidants touted by the medical community.

Try a Pumpkin Parfait for breakfast. Combine canned pumpkin with cinnamon, ginger & nutmeg. Layer with Greek yogurt and granola.

Add pumpkin to pancake batter. (Reduce the liquid a bit.) Top with bananas, cinnamon & walnuts.

I love to use hummus as a veggie dip, wrap filler with greens or instead of mayo in a sandwich. Try this one!

White Bean Pumpkin Hummus

  1. 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  2. 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini (large white) beans, rinsed and drained
  3. 2 tbsp. tahini
  4. 2 ½ tbsp. fresh lemon juice (from about half of a large lemon)
  5. 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  6. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  7. 1 tsp. cumin
  8. ½ tsp. smoked paprika, plus extra for serving
  9. Kosher salt, to taste
  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth. Add a pinch of kosher salt, then blend again and taste. Add more salt if desired. Serve in a bowl with extra smoked paprika sprinkled on top.

Enjoy the flavor of fall with pumpkin!

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