This year I went a little nuts and bought a bunch of canned pumpkin purée – and then never made pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving! (Though I did make Eggless Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies for my daughter, Lucie.) If you’re like me and have a few cans of pumpkin lying around you can make Healthy Slow Cooker Pumpkin and Bean Chili or this vegetarian recipe for Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread!
This recipe comes from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, written by Julieanna Hever, M.S., R.D., C.P.T. Julieanna is also known as “The Plant-Based Dietitian” and is the host of upcoming series What Would Julieanna Do? on the healthy living TV network Veria Living. Julieanna is a passionate advocate of the benefits and miracles associated with following a whole food, plant-based diet.
This spicy, fudgy bread is a mix between a pudding and a cake. It’s a great dessert to bring to holiday parties, to give as a homemade holiday gift, or to serve on Meatless Monday! You can cook it up as a loaf or turn the batter into muffins by adjusting the time accordingly.
You can assure that this recipe is gluten free by using only GF certified oat flour and gluten free baking powder.
Chocolate-Chip Pumpkin Bread
Yield: 1 9×5 inch loaf
Serving size: 1 slice (5 ¼ x 1 ¾ x ¾ -inch)
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 1 hour
- 1 cup date paste
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin purée
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons flax eggs
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 tablespoon alcohol-free vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 1/2 cups oat flour
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
- 1 1/2 cups grain-sweetened chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
- In a large bowl, combine date paste, pumpkin purée, flax eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla extract until smooth.
- Gently stir in oat flour, aluminum-free baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger. Mix until no lumps remain. Add chocolate chips, and evenly distribute throughout.
- Pour batter into 9×5-inch loaf pan, and bake for 1 hour. Allow bread to cool before cutting and serving.
- 312 calories
- 6g total fat
- 2.5g saturated fat
- 0g trans fat
- 0mg cholesterol
- 160mg sodium
- 62g total carbohydrates
- 4g dietary fiber
- 45g sugars
- 3g protein
- 258mg calcium
- 1mg iron
Recipe and pictures used with permission.
Do you have leftover cans of pumpkin from Thanksgiving? Use up a few in this gluten free soup recipe created by Jennifer Cafferty for San-J. For Meatless Monday, pair the soup with a salad and some nice bread.
Also, if you or a family member has a food sensitivity to peanut butter, try sunflower butter instead and omit the peanuts from the optional garnish.
Creamy Peanut and Pumpkin Soup
Recipe by Jennifer Cafferty of GFreelife.com
Serves 6 – 8
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon smoky paprika
- 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, divided
- 1 12-ounce can pumpkin
- 1 14.5-ounce can low-sodium, gluten free chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons San-J Thai Peanut Sauce
- 2 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- Chopped chives and peanuts, for garnish (optional)
- Heat a 4 quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the oil and onion and stir occasionally while sautéing for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds, making sure not to burn the garlic. Stir in the paprika.
- Add half of the can of tomatoes with the juice (save the other half for the end of the recipe), pumpkin, broth, San-J Thai Peanut Sauce, peanut butter and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.
- Using a hand-immersion blender, blend the soup until creamy. Add the remaining tomatoes and stir. Season with salt and pepper.
- Ladle into bowls.
- If desired, sprinkle with chopped chives and peanuts as a garnish.
Recipe and photo used with permission. © 2012 San-J International. All rights reserved.
Last week, I cohosted the #PlainKitchen Twitter Party with Mom Central, FAGE and celebrity chef Bobby Flay to let everyone know about the FAGE Total Plain Kitchen recipe contest. One of the recipes that everyone was drooling over was the Creamy Pumpkin Soup with Cinnamon FAGE Total Crèma and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, so I had to share it!
This would make a terrific Thanksgiving dish, and a great way to use leftover pumpkin puree after the holidays.
I hope it inspires you to enter the FAGE Total Plain Kitchen recipe contest for a chance to have your recipe using FAGE Total, cooked and served by Bobby at the FAGE Total Plain Kitchen grand opening event.
The contest goes through October 8. (That’s Monday so hurry!) Three lucky winners will be chosen and will receive an all-expense paid trip to NYC for the big event.
Creamy Pumpkin Soup with Cinnamon Crèma and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
For Cinnamon FAGE Total Crema
- 1/2 cup FAGE Total 0%
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
For Pumpkin Soup
- 3 cups pumpkin puree (not flavored pie filling)
- 3 cups homemade vegetable or chicken stock or low sodium canned vegetable or chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon ground Mexican cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1-2 tablespoons chipotle puree (depending on how spicy you like it)
- 3/4 cup FAGE Total 2%
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- Cinnamon FAGE Total Crema, recipe above
- 1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds, for garnish
- Cilantro leaves, for garnish
For Cinnamon Crema
- Whisk together the FAGE Total, cinnamon, honey and splash of water and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours to allow the flavors to meld.
For Pumpkin Soup
- Combine the pumpkin puree and 2 cups of the stock in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the spices, honey and chipotle puree, reduce the heat to medium-low for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Whisk in a little more stock if needed to thin out.
- Remove the soup from the heat and let sit 2 minutes. Whisk in the FAGE Total (off the heat) and season with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls and drizzle each with some of the cinnamon FAGE Total crema. Garnish with pumpkin seeds and cilantro leaves.
- Serving size: 1/6 to 1/8 of recipe
Recipe and photo courtesy of FAGE.
Get your big and little spooks and goblins warmed up after trick or treating with this healthy, vegetarian pumpkin soup from Golden Door Executive Chef Curtis Cooke. Not only is this a perfect Meatless Monday dish, but it would also make a wonderful Thanksgiving meal starter.
Courtesy of Golden Door Executive Chef Curtis Cooke
- 10 cups pumpkin, peeled, seeded, cut into large pieces
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon grape seed oil, divided
- 1 cup shallots, minced
- 1/2 cup celery, diced
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 1 cup white wine (substitute with vegetable stock, if you wish)
- 6 cups vegetable stock
- 1 sachet of 6 sprigs thyme, 6 sprigs parsley, 1 bay leaf and 8 black peppercorns
- Salt to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, toss the large pumpkin pieces with just enough grape seed oil (approximately ¼ cup) to coat and place on a baking sheet into the oven.
- Roast the pumpkin until very tender, approximately 15-20 minutes. Cool and reserve.
- In a large stock pot, sauté the shallots, celery, and garlic in a tablespoon of grape seed oil for 5 minutes.
- Deglaze with the white wine (or vegetable stock) and reduce the liquid by half.
- Add the roasted pumpkin, vegetable stock and sachet and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
- Remove the sachet, and puree the soup in a blender, food processor or with an immersion (wand) blender.
- Adjust the seasoning with salt and serve.
We’re getting the house we’ve lived in for 11 years ready to be put on the market. After the movers left Tuesday (we’re putting most of our stuff in storage so the house looks larger and can be “staged”) I’ve been in a complete funk. All I’ve wanted to do sit in bed, watch The Walking Dead, and eat comfort foods.
Zombies and comfort foods? Well, since it’s Halloween and pumpkin season, how about a yummy bread pudding using pumpkin puree and some sweet yet tart cranberries?
Bread pudding tips and tricks
This recipe makes a huge amount of bread pudding – perfect for a Halloween or Thanksgiving party. It’s also makes a decadent (but not too unhealthy) breakfast goodie when family is visiting from out of town. If you’re making this for dessert for your immediate family and don’t want a couple of weeks of leftovers, cut the recipe in half.
You can make the Pumpkin and Cranberry Bread Pudding gluten free or not depending on the type of bread you use. Also, it’s a great way to use bread ends, if your family’s like mine and refuses to eat them. (I freeze bread loaf ends and use them in meatloaf, Thanksgiving stuffing, French Toast, and bread pudding.)
Feel free to substitute raisins or dried cherries or raisins for the cranberries. Or you can use half shredded coconut and half dried cranberries or another dried fruit. Serve with a whipped cream, a scoop of ice cream, or whiskey sauce if you’re not watching the calories. Pumpkin and Cranberry Bread Pudding reheats very well in the microwave, but it’s delicious cold, too. You can also make it several days ahead. Just cover with aluminum foil, refrigerate, and reheat in a microwave (by the serving) or the whole pan in a 325 degrees F oven for 15 minutes.
Gluten Free Pumpkin Cranberry Bread Pudding
- cooking spray
- 24 ounces gluten free or whole wheat bread, stale but not hard
- 1 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 4 eggs
- 3/4 cup egg whites
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cup stevia
- 3 cups skim milk
- 1 12-ounce cans fat free evaporated milk
- 2 15-ounce cans pumpkin puree
- Spray the inside of a 15x10x 2 inch rectangular baking dish and set aside.
- Cut or tear bread into 1/2 inch pieces. You should have about 10 lightly packed cups of bread pieces. Place in a large bowl.
- Cover bread with dried cranberries.
- In a medium bowl whisk eggs and egg whites.
- Add vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, salt , sugar, skim milk and condensed milk to eggs and whisk until blended.
- Pour egg, spice and milk mixture over bread and cranberries. Mix together bread and liquids until bread is saturated. Let stand for 30 minutes periodically pressing the bread down with a spoon or spatula to help bread absorb the liquid.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Baked the pumpkin and cranberry bread pudding in a in a bain marie (water bath) until puffed and firm in the center - about 1 1/2 hours.
- Serve warm or cold, either plain or with whipped cream or ice cream.
- Serving size: 1/16 of pan
- Calories: 263
- Calories from Fat: 25
- Total Fat: 2.8g
- Saturated fat: 0.8g
- Unsaturated fat: 2g
- Sodium: 452mg
- Total Carbohydrates: 47.1g
- Sugar: 29.8g
- Fiber: 4.1g
- Protein: 13.2g
- Cholesterol: 49mg
Now that you have cooked and pureed your pumpkin, Chef Kristina Vanni has created this unique and easy-to-make pizza dish perfect for fall football parties or family pizza night. This is also a great recipe to make when you have leftover pumpkin puree and chorizo from making my chorizo stuffing after Thanksgiving.
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Pumpkin Chorizo Pizza
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 12 ounce purchased pizza crust
- 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
- 1 cup fresh pumpkin puree
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup cubed fontina cheese
- 1/4 pound thinly sliced Spanish chorizo
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage leaves
- Additional olive oil and chopped sage for garnish (optional)
- Heat oven to 425 degrees.
- Brush 1 tablespoon olive oil over crust and set aside.
- Heat remaining tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
- Add shallots, garlic, and pepper flakes to hot pan.
- Sauté for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
- Stir in pumpkin puree, smoked paprika, and salt.
- Cook, stirring, until sauce is thickened and hot.
- Spread sauce evenly over pizza crust; scatter with cubed fontina. Arrange sliced chorizo evenly over top and sprinkle with chopped sage.
- Place pizza on a cookie sheet or directly on oven rack, if preferred. Bake for 12 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is melted.
- If desired, drizzle a little olive oil over pizza and sprinkle with additional chopped sage.
- Serving size: 1/4 to 1/6 of pizza
We’ve been having unseasonably warm weather here in Colorado. So it’s only when I go to the store and see the pumpkins that I’m reminded that it’s fall and Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner.
Chef Kristina Vanni, a food writer and on-camera talent for BetterRecipes.com, sent me some tips on how to take a single pumpkin and transform it into a fabulous, affordable fall meal. She explains, “Pumpkins can be turned into soups, casseroles, side dishes, breads, cakes, cookies, pies, and preserves. In addition to its wonderful flavor, pumpkin brings a host of nutrients to the table, particularly Vitamin C, beta-carotene, and potassium.”
How to cook a fresh pumpkin
Start with small pumpkins, about two to three pounds. The smaller pumpkins are easier to handle and sweeter in taste.
First, wash the pumpkins over running water and pat dry with a clean dish towel or paper towel. Next, cut the pumpkin into large chunks and scoop out all the seeds (save them for roasting!) and stringy bits.
There are several easy ways to cook the pumpkins chunks. Use whatever method is best for you.
Oven roasting pumpkin: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place pumpkin chunks, skin side up, in a glass baking dish. Add 1/4 inch of water and bake, uncovered, for 45-60 minutes (depending on chunk sizes) until flesh is tender, checking occasionally to add more water, if needed.
Microwaving pumpkin: Place pumpkin chunks, skin side up, in a glass baking dish. Add 1/4 inch of water and cover pan with plastic wrap or wax paper, and vent. Microwave on high for about 10 minutes (or about 5 minutes per pound) until pumpkin is tender.
Steaming pumpkin: Heat water to boiling in a saucepan that fits a steamer. Place pumpkin chunks in steamer container and place over pan. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes or until pumpkin is tender.
Cook pumpkin in a slow cooker: Place pumpkin chunks, skin side down, in slow cooker. Cook on low for 3 to 3-1/2 hours or until pumpkin is tender.
How to make fresh pumpkin puree
- For all methods after pumpkin is cooked, scoop out pulp and discard skin.
- Pulp can be pureed in a blender or food processor or stirred by hand until smooth. Or you can keep it chunky, if desired.
- Pulp keeps in the refrigerator for a week or it can also be frozen in airtight containers for six months.
- A two to three pound pumpkin will make about 2-1/2 cups of puree.
How to make roasted pumpkin seeds
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place seeds in a colander and rinse.
- Pick out all pieces of pulp.
- Place seeds on a baking sheet and pat dry.
- Drizzle a little vegetable oil over seeds and sprinkle with some salt and toss.
- Bake for 10 minutes, stir, and return to oven.
- Bake another 10-15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes until golden and crispy.
I’ll be featuring Chef Kristina’s Pumpkin Chorizo Pizza recipe tomorrow.
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You may be familiar with Food Network’s Claire Robinson and her show 5 Ingredient Fix on Food Network. She’s just come out with a new book called, what else, 5 Ingredient Fix: Easy, Elegant, and Irresistible Recipes. While it’s not a healthy cookbook per se, I’m intrigued by anything that makes cooking from scratch convenient and easy. After all, isn’t the reason that so many people are overweight is that they don’t know how to cook and rely on heavily processed convenience food or unhealthy fast food?
So ignore the recipes for Bacon and Egg Salad or German Potatoes. Instead choose the healthy recipes like the ones for Edamame Hummus, Ginger and Lemon Roasted Chicken with Braised Fennel, and Smoky Roasted Peaches. Or just enjoy the beautiful food photography from Stephen Morello.
5 Ingredient Fix would make a lovely present for anyone who loves to cook, but is too busy to fuss with an extensive ingredient list.
A pumpkin inspired 5 Ingredient Fix
Looking through 5 Ingredient Fix, I found the perfect recipe to use up all those pumpkin seeds after we carve up our Halloween pumpkins.
It’s very easy to make roasted pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas. Last year, I used Simply Recipes’ Toasted Pumpkin Seeds method of boiling the seeds in salt water and then roasting it. This worked out very well, but I used too much salt. Next time, I’m going to use half as much – about half of what Elise recommends.
Not only is this a healthy alternative to Halloween candy, but it’ll work as a Thanksgiving football game snack, too, especially when you have extra dried cherries or cranberries from other dishes you may be making.
Pumpkin Seed Dried Cherry Trail Mix
Yield: about 6 cups
- 2 cups roasted pumpkin seeds or pepitas
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 3/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 6 tablespoons pure Grade B maple syrup
- Coarse salt, to taste
- 1 cup dried cherries or cranberries
- Preheat over to 300 degrees F.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, silicone baking mats or a TFX non stick kitchen sheet.
- In a large bowl, toss the pumpkin seeds, almonds, and sunflower seeds with the syrup until evenly coated.
- Spread the nuts and seeds out in an even, single layer on the lined baking sheets and season with salt.
- Bake, stirring several times with a spatula or heavy duty, wooden scraping spoon, until just golden – about 20 minutes.
- Remove from the oven. Cool the nuts and seeds completely on the baking sheet.
- Add the cherries and toss to combine.
- Store the trail mix in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.
Serving size is 1/2 cup. Sodium is from 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
- Calories 217
- Calories from Fat 144
- Total Fat 16.0g
- Saturated Fat 2.4g
- Trans Fat 0.0g
- Cholesterol 0mg
- Sodium 102mg
- Total Carbohydrates 14.1g
- Dietary Fiber 2.5g
- Sugars 6.9g
- Protein 7.9g
- Iron 22% of RDA
Nutrition Grade B from CalorieCount
Weight Watchers POINTS = 6
This Mama’s tips
- For a treat, stir in some chocolate chips or broken chocolate Halloween candy. Adding chocolate does defeat the healthy factor, so if you’re feeling guilty, just use a little bit of dark chocolate instead.
- If there are nut allergies in the family, omit the almond. You can use pine nuts instead, as they’re really a seed and not a nut.
- Instead of maple syrup, try agave nectar, which has a lower glycemic index. Dark agave nectar would be especially delicious.
- Substitute other dried fruit, like chopped up dates, prunes or raisins.
- If the POINTS, calories or fat is too overwhelming, sprinkle a little bit on your morning oatmeal or make a Greek yogurt parfait.
Disclosure: I was given a review copy of 5 Ingredient Fix to facilitate this review.