Here are a few ideas how to "pumpkin up" chili or soup, macaroni and cheese or make a smoothie.
Stir a cup of pureed pumpkin or you can even use canned pumpkin into chili or black bean soup to round out the flavor and thicken the texture
Or how about adding it to your favor macaroni and cheese recipe? It adds flavor which you would not expect. (Children might not like it, but adults will).
Or make a smoothie by blending pumpkin with vanilla yogurt, pumpkin pie spice, orange juice, frozen banana chunks and ice cubes. Really refreshing and has an unique.
To make pumpkin quesadillas, mix 1/2 cup of pumpkin and 1 tablespoon of chipotle chili sauce and cover 2 flour tortillas with the mixture. Sprinkle grated cheddar over of the filling, place another tortilla on top of each, and cook them in a hot buttered skillet until the outside has turned golden brown.
The filling for pumpkin French toast can be made by pulsing 8 ounces of cream cheese, 1/3 cup of pumpkin, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, and 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice in a food processor.
To prepare the French toast, cut a pocket in the side of 4 slices of thick piece of your choice of bread, and stuff bread with 2 tablespoons each of the pumpkin cream cheese. Mix together 4 eggs, 1 cup of half and half, 1/4 cup of maple syrup, and 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. Add the bread to the mixture, allow it to soak for 1 minute, and cook the slices on a hot buttered skillet until they are golden brown.
Our final pumpkin recipe is for a dip.
2 cloves garlic (Of course I leave
1 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained
1 15 oz. can pure pumpkin
2 tsbp. almond or peanut butter
1 tsp. ground cumin
Juice of one lemon
1 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
Dash cayenne pepper (again
Puree all ingredients, in food processor or blender.
Add ice water until the consistency is achieved. Pour into shallow bowl and decorate with chopped olives.