As the fall rolls in, you just can’t ignore the smell and sight of pumpkin. Most recipes and drinks are geared towards the sugary and artificial flavors of pumpkin. However, in this batch of recipes, I wanted to focus on the savory side of pumpkin. Pumpkin recipes are very versatile, and are also nutrient dense with antioxidants and beta-carotene, a perfect addition to your fall dinner table.
To begin lets discuss the several pumpkin varieties that you might find at the Farmers Market or in your CSA.
Jack Be Little pumpkins are miniature round pumpkins that look lovely on your holiday table as a centerpiece. Autumn Golds are the pumpkins most often used for carving, but are not ideal for cooking. Dill Atlantic Giant pumpkins are the perfect variety for those interested in winning a giant pumpkin competition. Dill Atlantics can grow to be 200 pounds!
For the following recipes I recommend Sugar Pumpkins. Sugar Pumpkins are smaller than the jack o lantern pumpkins, perfectly round and the ideal variety to use for use for baking and cooking. This is also the variety that is canned and provided in most grocery stores.
Basic Roasting Instructions:
To cook a pumpkin, begin by cutting off the stem, and then split the pumpkin in half. Make sure to scoop out all of the seeds and save for roasting. Next generously cover the pumpkin in some kind of fat, season and bake at 350 degrees F for about an hour, depending on the size. Once your pumpkin is finished baking you can add it to all sorts of delicious dishes, or just eat it as is!
Pumpkin doesn’t have to be transformed into cookies and syrup covered pancakes.
The following are some fall inspired, savory pumpkin recipes that are paleo and also Whole 30 compliant.
Pork & Pumpkin Chili- From Primally Inspired
Pumpkin Curry from Everyday Paleo
Garlic Pumpkin Hummus From Savory Lotus
Mark’s Daily Apple brings us a delectable dish of beef short ribs and roasted pumpkin
Chicken Pumpkin Curry Sliders from PaleOMG
This is a dish for Paleo Thanksgiving for two from The Primal Desire.
The recipes call for an acorn squash, but a sugar pumpkin is a perfect substitute.
Paleo Pumpkin Soup from Great Food and Lifestyle
Pumpkin Fries (simple roasted pumpkin, but really delicious!)
Another Italian staple with a Pumpkin & Paleo spin, Paleo Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce.
Pumpkin & Bacon Soup from Fed & Fit
Most of the recipes can be prepared with using canned pumpkin as well. But why not embrace the whole pumpkin and get your hands dirty with roasting your own!