The spookiest time of the year is just around the corner which means one thing - lots and lots of pumpkins!
Thankfully, there’s plenty of ways you can put that pumpkin to good use. They’re a fantastic source of vitamins and extremely tasty too!
When choosing one to buy, just make sure that the flesh is a rich, orange colour. The smaller varieties tend to be better for cooking as they have denser flesh with a smooth texture and higher sugar content, making them perfect for salads, soups and stews.
1) Make some soup
Pumpkin works really nicely in warm, creamy soups. Simply make a big batch of it in one of our slow cookers
and freeze the rest to enjoy on a cold day. This Pumpkin and Ginger Soup
from Jamie Oliver looks like the perfect winter warmer.,2) Roasted pumpkin seeds
Roasted pumpkin seeds make a delicious snack and are also a great way to add crunch to salads. We like to season ours with smoked paprika and sea salt, although you could use fennel seeds, cumin, chilli - any flavours which take your fancy! Coat the seeds with olive oil, sprinkle over your seasonings and mix well to ensure they’re all coated. Then roast them at Gas Mark 4 for ten minutes.
3) Add it to a salad
Fed up with the same old boring packed lunch? Why not try using your leftover pumpkin in a delicious salad? Simply chop it up, smother it in olive oil and the spices of your choice and roast it on an oven tray
. Delicious! We thoroughly recommend Delicious Magazine’s Roast Squash, Kale and Goat’s Cheese Salad with Lentils
if you’re looking for a fantastic - and filling - vegetarian salad.
,4) Stuff it
Take some inspiration from BBC Good Food and stuff your pumpkin! They’ve filled theirs with spiced wild rice and pecans, but you could easily add a delicious risotto or vegetarian stuffing.
5) Bake a pumpkin loaf cake
Savoury treats are nice, but we do love a nice big slice of cake! Pumpkin loaf cakes are delicious, versatile and a great excuse to bring that loaf tin out of the bottom of your cupboard. You can make them with chocolate chips, candied ginger or anything else which takes your fancy! We think that Taming Twins’ Pumpkin Spice Loaf Cake
would make a fantastic afternoon tea treat.
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