10/7/2020 | By Terri L. Jones

When pumpkin has its 15 minutes of fame each year, you’ll find pumpkin spice-flavored everything; from coffee to tortilla chips and even Kraft mac and cheese – everywhere you look!

If you’re not a big fan of pumpkin spice, you may have been turned off of all manner of pumpkin. That’s a shame because this large orange gourd, which has been around for 5,000 years and helped sustain the colonists when they struggled with European crops, has so many benefits! It’s low in calories, fat and sodium, and is also a great source of fiber, Vitamins A and B, potassium, protein and iron. Plus, you can cook it up in some pretty tasty ways!

Below we’ve provided a few interesting pumpkin recipes to help add this nutritious fruit to your diet all year ’round.

Instant Pot Pumpkin Grits

Incorporating the flavors of pumpkin and gouda, this recipe takes grits – which can be pretty bland on their own – to a new delectably unforgettable level. (Stove top can be subbed for instant pot cooking.)

Recipe here!

Pumpkin Lasagna

This is one of the pumpkin recipes that not only uses pumpkin filling in a completely unexpected way, but it also uses the gourd itself as the serving dish for a creative and memorable place setting.

Recipe here!

Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

I grew up eating my Granny’s sweet potato biscuits, so this recipe brings back comforting childhood memories for me. The sweet flavor of pumpkin is sure to add the same lusciousness to these fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth dinner rolls. (My mouth is watering just writing this!)

Recipe here!

Pumpkin Caramelized Onion Dip

As the weather turns chilly, whip up some of this sweet and savory dip to enjoy with chips or veggies. A great snack for an afternoon of sports or a movie with the family.

Recipe here!

Thai Curry Pumpkin Seeds

The sweet, golden flesh isn’t the only usable part of the pumpkin. When you’re scooping out your pumpkin for Halloween, save those seeds and roast them up Thai-style for to create this spicy – and addictive – snack!

Recipe here!

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Terri L. Jones

Terri L. Jones has been writing educational and informative topics for the senior industry for over 10 years, and is a frequent and longtime contributor to Seniors Guide.

Terri Jones