Do you still have pumpkins hanging around? Pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING has infiltrated our winter food selections. The humble pumpkin is more than just a decoration, it is a versatile food teeming with nutrients. Let me list off some of the pumpkin's nutritional benefits:
So don't throw out those un-carved pumpkins just yet. Here are a few ways to cook and utilize that luscious pumpkin flesh.
Cut the pumpkin into 4x4 inch pieces and layer into the crockpot. Add 1/2 cup of water. Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours. I don't usually scrape out the seeds until the pumpkin is cooked.
Cut the pumpkin into 4x4 inch pieces and layer into the Insta-Pot. Add 1/2 cup of water. Use the "manual" setting to cook for 15 minutes. Scrape seeds and mash or puree by using a blender.
(Your cooked pumpkin puree can be stored in the freezer for later use.)
If you are afraid of using a big knife, skip the cutting and put the whole pumpkin in the oven on a cookie tray. Cook on 350 until the pumpkin is soft enough to insert a fork. A small pumpkin will take 1 hour, while a larger one may take up to 4 hours.
Are you looking for a super yummy pumpkin soup recipe? Look no further. Here's one of my favorite quick and easy Pumpkin Soup recipes:
Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.
Want a healthy snack for your beloved dog? Try these pumpkin dog treats:
1 1/2 cups of coconut flour
1/2 cup of almond or sunflower butter
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1 cup pumpkin puree
Here is a free download for additional healthy pet treats.
If all else fails, throw your pumpkins into your compost pile. I can almost guarantee that you will have volunteer pumpkin vines growing by next year!
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