Halloween is all about pumpkins, costumes and sweets. However, pumpkins are not just for carving or pumpkin pie, they make delicious ingredients that are healthy to eat. Pumpkin is packed full of iron, beta carotene (a powerful antioxidant that fights cancer) and Vitamin A. Instead of filling up on lots of candy this Halloween, make good use of your Jack o’Lanterns with one of these yummy pumpkin recipes.
A study by the USDA indicated that diets high in pumpkin as a fiber source tended to curb the appetite, yet provided more food for the same calorie count.
Note: Some of these pumpkin recipes call for pumpkin puree. If you are not sure how to make pumpkin puree at home view these three ways to make pumpkin puree.
Curry Pumpkin Soup – Wonderfully soothing and savory soup.
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies– Cake-like pumpkin brownies are made more interesting and flavorful with swirls of cream cheese batter.
Pumpkin Muffins- These spicy muffins are good for a quick breakfast on the run or to include in bag lunches.
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread– Replacing whole eggs with egg whites keeps this classic quick bread cholesterol-free and cuts the saturated fat in half, while fiber-rich pumpkin provides your entire daily vitamin A requirement with just one slice.
Pumpkin Orange Cake – Wow your guests with this beautiful fall cake topped with colorful, antioxidant-rich pomegranate seeds and mandarin oranges. Each slice provides an entire day’s worth of vitamin A, thanks to the addition of pumpkin, which also keeps the spiced cake layers tender and moist.