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Even though September marks the official onset of autumn, October is when most people begin truly celebrating fall. As red-orange leaves line sidewalks, Halloween costumes begin lining store aisles too, a combo that can make it hard to resist pining for some delightful pumpkin-flavored food. But what if you could make something delicious and pumpkin-filled right from your home, probably for less money than anything you’ll buy pre-made at a supermarket, cafe, or restaurant?
It doesn’t matter that Halloween is still four weeks away – get your fall started in style with these four delicious pumpkin recipes to welcome October.
1. Pumpkin Pancakes for Two, from One Green Planet
Pancakes are among the very easiest breakfast staples to make. All you need to do is pour your batter in circles onto a hot, well-oiled pan. This pumpkin pancake recipe is just as simple – to make the batter, all you’ll need to do is combine some baking and spice staples with pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and a milk of your choice. Let your batter sit for a few minutes before spreading it onto the pan, and voila! Pumpkin pancakes. The best part is, these just happen to be vegan – no eggs involved.
2. Pumpkin Soup, from AllRecipes
When the weather really begins to get chilly, break out this pumpkin soup recipe for a warming, filling dinner. As long as you have a blender, you’ll have no trouble converting a pot full of herbs, seasonings, stock, and pumpkin puree into a hearty soup that works great as a standalone meal or as a side dish. Bonus points if you pair this soup with grilled cheese – it may sound weird to pair this American sandwich staple with any soup other than tomato, but rest assured, it’s an October delight.
3. Pumpkin Lentil Curry with Spinach, from Marisa Moore
If you can’t help but see soup as a side, try this curry to take the comforting warmth of soup into full-meal territory. After frying some herbs and curry paste in olive or sesame oil, add pumpkin puree, lentils, and your soup base and let everything simmer for 15 minutes, making sure not to overcook the lentils into mush. In the final few minutes of simmering, drop in some spinach so it wilts. Remove your curry from heat and serve it over rice.
4. Pumpkin Pie, from Live Well Bake Often
Of course, no list of good Halloween recipes would be complete without a classic pumpkin pie. For the pie crust, you can either use a premade option or make one yourself. For the filling, you’ll use a bunch of baking staples, pumpkin puree, herbs, and spices. As your pie crust bakes, mix your filling ingredients in a bowl until fully combined. Pour your filling into your pie crust and bake for roughly 45 minutes. After letting your pie cool at room temperature for a few hours, refrigerate it overnight to ensure that amazing firm yet custard-like consistency that all good pies have in common.
What are your favorite pumpkin recipes? Share them in the comments!