But nothing really comes close to signifying the start of fall as much as the explosion of everything pumpkin. Pumpkin patches, pumpkin spiced lattes, The Great Pumpkin, pumpkin pie – those orange orbs are everywhere. I was at a food store recently where every single aisle had pumpkin all over it. They even had employees marching around the store with huge pumpkin signs, lest you forget about pumpkins for a few minutes.
I do like to eat pumpkin, I really do. I love pumpkin bread, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin soup, you name it. Pumpkin is so great in savory dishes like risotto and soups. You can use pumpkin in recipes that call for butternut squash, and even in some that require sweet potatoes. Pumpkin goes great with traditional Indian, Latin and Italian flavors, and it has some actual excellent nutrition, too. It’s even been called a superfood!
Want to spice up your pumpkin this fall? Try these autumnal recipes -- as always, you’ll find them tasty and with fewer calories because they use Equal (aspartame) instead of sugar:
- Chocolate chip pumpkin muffins (thinking I’ll make these this weekend!)
- Pumpkin cheesecake in gingersnap crust (gingersnaps make the BEST pie crusts!)
- Pumpkin nog (can I just say that I love the pic of the little candy pumpkin on this page?)
I hope you're enjoying pumpkin season, too!