People in WV don’t seem to be as obsessed with pumpkin as NY. This could be a true statement or it could be the fact that I don’t know anyone here except my dog, I’m not really sure. That is a complete lie, I know the Sunday football crowd at Buffalo Wild Wings too. Actually, I’m lying again. I think triathlon women is my new Morgantown best friend. Perhaps I should run that by her. Check yes or no.
Back to pumpkin. It is delicious in coffee but the pumpkin flavored syrups are full of artificial chemicals and a lot of sugar. Excellent news though, you don’t need to spend $2+ a cup to get that delicious pumpkin flavor. Check out this article for ways to make pumpkin coffee FROM HOME! You use spices in the grounds and don’t get any of the gross artificial flavors, sugars, and toxins that come in the products you would buy in a coffee shop. I didn’t use almond milk and it still tasted delightfully. I also experimented with vanilla extract in the grounds which was delicious. Cocoa powder will be my next venture. How awesome that I don’t have to put trash in my coffee. Thank the caffeine gods.
Coffee is not the only thing pumpkin to enjoy this season. I have a crazy thought, and this might blow your mind, but… actually eat pumpkin. And not just pumpkin pie. Actual pumpkins. I’m pretty sure I invented this recipe but I could totally be lying about that, too. Follow this recipe for how to bake it but instead of pureeing at the end just mash it up like you would a potato. For a 1 cup serving add ½ tablespoon of butter, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (or more if thats your style), and crumble a few walnuts on top. It is f’ing amazing. Know what is even better? I am okay with you eating this for breakfast. Add some protein like plain yogurt (you could even mix the pumpkin in the yogurt!) and I will be the proudest nutrition mama. Pumpkin is a vegetable but like this it is really dessert that you get to eat for breakfast. Or lunch. Or whenever. Pumpkin is high in a bunch of vitamins and minerals that I think are super cool but I doubt you do. If you really care you can check that out here. It is also low in calories, one cup only has 30. Rock. On.
Save the seeds from the pumpkin too! You can roast them and add them as a crunchy topping to salads instead of croutons that were cooked with vegetable oils, blech. Or you can just eat them as a snack. Here is how to do it. Do you know what else you can do with pumpkin? These things-
Thai Pumpkin Soup (use olive oil not vegetable oil)
Roast Pumpkin and Feta Risotto
Pumpkin Spice Hummus (again, use olive oil)
Turkey Pumpkin Chili (can also use ground beef, make your own puree instead of buying in a can)
Anyone use pumpkin for something else?