Four Pumpkin Meals to “Fall” in Love With
This year is different than most as we won’t be getting trick-or-treaters, and we won’t be taking our grandkids around the neighborhood! It’s sad to miss out on traditions! But it’s important to stay safe and healthy. That way we know we’ll be in good shape to celebrate the holiday next year.
This week we are turning away from the sweet toward the savory. We love all things pumpkin! Pumpkin picking and carving Jack-o'-lanterns are two of the few fall celebrations that are still an option this year, and we will certainly be participating. When it comes to pumpkin-based food, we often think of the desserts! The pies, cakes, mousses, coffees and more! Last week, we shared delicious Halloween sweets. We love pumpkin spice — which actually doesn’t have pumpkin in it but is the seasoning blend in pumpkin pie. When our minds turn to savory options, we think of pumpkin seeds and soups — both chunky and creamy.
Today we are adding more pumpkin recipes to your repertoire. Pumpkin can be subbed in for pretty much any recipe you would use sweet potato in, but these are best for pumpkin themselves. If you have been a long time reader, you’ve noticed we usually arrange things by overall carb count. Today it’s by a mix of net and total carbs; that’s because some of these recipes don’t give enough nutritional information to know one way or another. We don’t have a test kitchen here. Our social media team shares recipes we admire from around the internet. We hope you forgive us for that. That’s why we always suggest you double-check the recipe with what you are using at home.
We hope that when tradition is falling by the wayside in this strange time, these tasty fall recipes allow you to feel some of the joy you usually associate with the holiday!
Savory Bacon Pumpkin Mock Souffle
A souffle is always something to be proud of making. They look and taste impressive. This one is a little less impressive to look at but will still knock your socks off with its flavors. It won’t be as fluffy. But that will take some of the stress out as you don’t have to worry about it falling! And it tastes genuinely delicious! What’s not to love about that. In some ways, this is more like a whipped quiche. In every way, it is delicious. A serving has 156 calories, two grams of net carbs and seven grams of protein. Get the recipe.
Turkey Sausage, Kale & Pumpkin Soup
Weather is all about what you’re used to. For instance, after weeks of it being in the high 80s here in San Diego, one person on our team reported having three blankets on her bed last night because it was 70 degrees. We need warming up. We watch the weather map to know if we can safely ship Glucocil softgels to your area. So, we know some places are cold, and others are still boiling. Many of you are much, much colder than we are. Having fall veggies in soup is fantastic. It’s warm, comforting and welcomes in the season we might otherwise want to avoid! And, it has so few steps outside of chopping and simmering! A serving has 118 calories, 5.5 grams of net carbs and 11 grams of protein. Get the recipe.
Turkey Pumpkin Slow Cooker Chili
As we said above, it’s been hot. Far too hot for the slow cooker. We’ve propped doors and used extension cords to use crockpots outside (we don’t have air conditioning to let out by keeping the door open!) But it’s just not the same as making a slow cooker meal in your kitchen. A crockpot meal in the kitchen can warm your home a little and fill your space with a delicious scent of dinner all day! The season of slow cookers is back! We couldn’t be happier. The pumpkin in this chili cuts out a lot of the sugar usually seen in the dish. And, it’s so different that you don’t miss the healthy-for-you — but high in carbs — beans, sometimes found in chili. A serving has 204 calories, 6.3 grams of net carbs and 23 grams of protein. Get the recipe.
Pumpkin and Spinach Cannelloni
This isn’t a midweek dinner recipe. Cannelloni takes time, and that’s after you learn how to do it! Using leeks instead of pasta, you can make this Italian favorite that you would think is just an exciting twist instead of something low-carb! If you aren’t a fan of goat cheese, you can replace it, but you will have to recalculate the nutritional information on your own! For the recipe as it stands, this pasta-free pasta dish has 427 calories, 6.6 net carbs and 17.1 grams of fiber per serving. Get the recipe.
We hope these recipes help you make pumpkin a part of your savory fall diet, as well as your treats! The squash has so many healthy properties when it’s not baked into a pie!