13 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

13 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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When it comes to food, there are infinite reasons to love fall. Football snacks, pecan pie, chili and just-picked apples (plus the apple cider doughnuts that go with them) are all high on my list—but my absolute favorite fall food has to be pumpkin.

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To be honest, I hoard canned pumpkin year-round to stir into oatmeal and bake into breads and muffins. But even the canned stuff tastes so much better when there’s a chill in the air and the smell of fallen leaves hits you the second you step outside.

Plus, let’s be real: Fresh pumpkin blows the canned stuff out of the water. I like roasting big pieces and eating them on salads, throwing them into pastas, smushing them onto sandwiches or just eating them as a side dish with any old meal.

When I’m feeling super ambitious, I even make my own puree from fresh pumpkin—by removing the skin after the chunks of pumpkin are roasted and soft, then blitzing it all in a blender and letting any excess water drain through a fine mesh sieve overnight. It’s more of a hassle than opening a can, sure; but I promise it really does taste that much better.

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What makes the trouble of pureeing pumpkin worthwhile? You can use it in almost anything. You can turn it into pasta sauce, cook it into pancake batter, stir it into yogurt or even combine it with melted cheese for an earthy dip.

The following 13 recipes showcase some of my favorite ways to use both pumpkin puree and non-pureed pumpkin, and I recommend you try at least a few of them ASAP. Because if fall’s not about gorging on decadent pumpkin dishes, what is it about?

 

A version of this story was originally published in September 2016.

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STYLECASTER | 13 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | 10-Minute Pumpkin Oatmeal
10-Minute Pumpkin Oatmeal

If you can't choose between pumpkin and pecan pie, don't fret. Now you can eat both—for breakfast.

Get the recipe here.

Photo: Damn Delicious.
STYLECASTER | 13 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | Pumpkin Pancakes
Pumpkin Pancakes

Make an extra big batch for weekend breakfast, then reheat and eat leftovers for cozy weekday mornings.

Get the recipe here.

Photo: Somewhat Simple.
STYLECASTER | 13 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | Pumpkin Muffins
Pumpkin Muffins

If fall weather has you desperate to bake, you might as well pick something that'll make a great grab-and-go breakfast.

Get the recipe here.

Photo: Diethood.
STYLECASTER | 13 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | Pumpkin Pesto, Date and Ripe Chèvre Sandwich
Pumpkin Pesto, Date and Ripe Chèvre Sandwich

This recipe is a little more involved than your run-of-the-mill lunch sandwich. But whip up some pumpkin pesto and you can dollop it onto all kinds of things, from sandwiches and eggs to pasta.

Get the recipe here.

Photo: Eat in My Kitchen.
STYLECASTER | 13 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | Savory Pumpkin Hummus
Savory Pumpkin Hummus

Speaking of things you can dollop on anything, this easy hummus will add fall flavor to toast, pita chips or your favorite kale salad.

Get the recipe here.

Photo: As Easy as Apple Pie.
STYLECASTER | 13 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | Turkey Pumpkin Chili
Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Love lunch but hate meal prep? This simple chili is the answer to your problem and makes enough to feed you for a whole week.

Get the recipe here.

Photo: Life Made Simple.
STYLECASTER | 13 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | Pumpkin Masala
Pumpkin Masala

This spice-filled vegan dish is great served over rice or another whole grain.

Get the recipe here.

Photo: The Iron You.
STYLECASTER | 13 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | Roasted Pumpkin With Maple, Chili, and Feta
Roasted Pumpkin with Maple, Chili and Feta

This tender, comforting recipe is the perfect side dish to roast chicken or braised beef. It also makes a great lunch salad topper when served over simply dressed greens.

Get the recipe here.

Photo: Recipe Tin Eats.
STYLECASTER | 13 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | Pumpkin Mac and Cheese With Roasted Veggies
Pumpkin Mac and Cheese with Roasted Veggies

Pumpkin puree makes keeps this recipe creamy while cutting down on the amount of actual cream and cheese. Fear not, though, there's still plenty of flavor.

Get the recipe here.

Photo: Skinnytaste.
STYLECASTER | 13 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | Roasted Pumpkin Quiche With Caramelized Onions, Gorgonzola, and Sage
Roasted Pumpkin Quiche with Caramelized Onions, Gorgonzola and Sage

Looking to impress a brunch guest or two? Baking eggs, pumpkin, herbs and cheese into puff pastry crust is definitely one way to do it.

Get the recipe here.

Photo: Closet Cooking.
STYLECASTER | 13 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | Pumpkin Enchiladas
Pumpkin Enchiladas

Shake up your pumpkin game with these zesty enchiladas.

Get the recipe here.

Photo: Tasty Kitchen.
STYLECASTER | 13 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | Spicy Pumpkin Soup With Bacon and Spicy Fried Chickpeas
Spicy Pumpkin Soup With Bacon and Spicy Fried Chickpeas

Pumpkin soup is great on its own, but crispy bacon and chickpeas add crunch, flavor and extra staying power.

Get the recipe here.

Photo: Yammie's Noshery.
STYLECASTER | 13 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | Pumpkin Chicken Curry With Cranberry Coconut Almond Rice
Pumpkin Chicken Curry with Cranberry Coconut Almond Rice

This next-level chicken curry makes a comforting dinner, but tastes even better reheated the next day.

Get the recipe here.

Photo: Heather Christo.

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  • STYLECASTER | 13 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | Pumpkin Muffins
  • STYLECASTER | 13 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | Pumpkin Pesto, Date and Ripe Chèvre Sandwich
  • STYLECASTER | 13 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | Savory Pumpkin Hummus
  • STYLECASTER | 13 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | Turkey Pumpkin Chili
  • STYLECASTER | 13 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | Pumpkin Masala
  • STYLECASTER | 13 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | Roasted Pumpkin With Maple, Chili, and Feta
  • STYLECASTER | 13 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | Pumpkin Mac and Cheese With Roasted Veggies
  • STYLECASTER | 13 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | Roasted Pumpkin Quiche With Caramelized Onions, Gorgonzola, and Sage
  • STYLECASTER | 13 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | Pumpkin Enchiladas
  • STYLECASTER | 13 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | Spicy Pumpkin Soup With Bacon and Spicy Fried Chickpeas
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