Ingredient of the week: Pumpkin

Ingredient of the week: Pumpkin

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Who else loves Fall? Aside from summer fruits which are hard to beat, fall harvest vegetables bring endless possibilities. But out of all the fall veggies & squashes, pumpkin by far is my favorite. I have a soft spot for pumpkins. As an October baby, I had just about every birthday party at our local farm, picking pumpkins and going on hay rides. So a week of eating pumpkin dishes is right up my alley!

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Hay Rides at Wards Berry Farm

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Somehow my mom missed the picture of me with the cake… so a juice box will have to do.

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Speaking of cake… look at that pumpkin cake… it’s pretty awesome Mom!

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Also, I can’t get enough of everything pumpkin at Trader Joes. But, like a lot of things at Trader Joes- a lot of pumpkin items are anything but healthy. Stay tuned later this week, for a list of my favorite Trader Joe’s pumpkin thing! I got all of these mini pumpkins & gourds there too!

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Can anyone else not get enough of Trader Joes Pumpkin Palooza? Each year it seems like they have more and more products. However, a lot of them are not the best healthy choices. Last week I bought some of my favorite items to share with you.

Organic Pumpkin: An absolute staple in my kitchen. Pumpkin Puree is essential for baking and cooking alike. Find it in these recipes: Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin Butter: The perfect spread for toast and oatmeal. Just use a little because it contains a lot of sugar.

Pumpkin Soup: I love this soup from time to time but be careful, it is high in sodium. I suggest pairing it with a salad such as: Apple Autumn Salad or Pear & Pomegranate Winter SaladΒ 

Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli:These ravioli are low in calories and saturated fat. I love eating ravioli with greens and a little olive oil and vinegar.

Pita Crisps with Cranberries and Pumpkin seeds: These chips are perfect as is and and the first ingredient is whole wheat flour.

Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps: I really love all the crisps that Trader Joes sells. These ones are low in calories, and have no saturated fat, and low sodium. They pair perfectly with Brie.

Pumpkin Tortilla Crisps: These chips are a higher in fat than the previous fats but still low in saturated fat which is the important one to look for. They are also naturally gluten free.

 

 

 



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