By Rebekah Owens
In the fall, pumpkins are everywhere. They are fun to decorate and even more fun to eat. Elizabeth Parker, PhD, RD, registered dietitian, nutrition expert and researcher at the Center for Integrative Medicine, told me:
Clean Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte
From Amy’s Healthy Baking
All it takes are a few simple ingredients to create a decadent and delectable coffee that will be envied by everyone at your morning meeting. Milk (of any variety), pumpkin puree, extra strong coffee, and spices are combined to make a healthy version of this popular seasonal drink.
Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes
From Lively Table
Mix together wholesome ingredients to make a wonderful, filling breakfast. These fluffy pancakes can easily be made gluten free. They should reheat well, so you can make a stack ahead of time and eat them several days in a row. Good morning!!
Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Butter
From Williams Sonoma
Need an excuse to break out your pasta maker? Here is the perfect recipe – impressive, but actually quite simple. Elegant and delicious, this combination of tastes is sure to please the whole crowd and most importantly - you!
Roasted Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Soup
From Recipe Runner
This creamy soup uses no sweeteners – the flavor comes from fresh butternut squash and pumpkin, as well as white pepper, garlic, nutmeg, coriander and a dash of kosher salt. It is topped off with spiced pepitas (pumpkin seeds) for a wonderful meal or side dish in the fall and winter.
Chickpea Pumpkin Coconut Curry
From Emilie Eats
This warm curry will keep you feeling cozy as the weather gets colder. With only seven steps, this recipe is easy and should rewarm well. It is comprised of pumpkin puree, carrots, tomatoes, onion, chickpeas and a slew of savory spices. Bon appetite!
Pumpkin Spice and Cranberry Energy Bites
From Organize Yourself Skinny
These are an office favorite when I bring them in to share. Simple ingredients mixed together for a delightful treat that is filling and light at the same time. Made with pumpkin puree, oats, peanut butter, cranberries, flax seeds, and chia seeds, these energy bites are the perfect pick me up at snack time – or any time.
Healthy Pumpkin Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread
From Ambitious Kitchen
This low fat bread is made with two vegetables (pumpkin and zucchini), whole wheat flour, and loads of spices. Perfect for an afternoon or evening snack or even for breakfast. It would be great to take to a party or share in the office. Moist and delicious – and healthy, too!
I hope you enjoy these wonderful dishes. Please let me know what you think and feel free to add to this list in the comments section.
About the Author: Rebekah Owens
Rebekah is the Public Relations Specialist and Assistant to the Director at the Center for Integrative Medicine. She is also a massage therapist and a health food foodie who enjoys cooking and bringing samples in for her colleagues to test.
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