Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

Hit the pumpkin patch, then head to the kitchen to make these lighter takes on classic pumpkin dishes.

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Squash Soup in Pumpkin Bowls

Wow dinner party guests with this festive fall soup. Fill a small baked pumpkin with squash soup, and provide an array of toppings, like croutons, pumpkin seeds and crispy prosciutto.

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Alton Brown's Pumpkin Bread

Alton's pumpkin bread is studded with freshly grated pumpkin and roasted pumpkin seeds.

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

After you carve your jack-o'-lantern, don't throw away the seeds — roast them! An ounce of these good-for-you seeds packs 5 grams of protein, plus potassium, magnesium and 20 percent of daily zinc needs.

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Ghostly Pumpkin Pudding

These adorable individually sized puddings are perfect for Halloween. Top pumpkin pudding with a meringue topper and candy "eyes."

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Frozen Pumpkin Mousse Pie

This frozen version of the classic pumpkin pie is light, airy and satisfying. Swap the butter in the gingersnap crust with better-for-you canola oil, then fill the pie with a pumpkin-and-frozen-yogurt mixture.

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Ellie's Pumpkin Rice Pudding

For this lighter take on rice pudding, Ellie uses Arborio rice to create a creamy texture. Pumpkin and pie spices like cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg give it classic fall flavor.

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Ellie's Pumpkin Flan

This flan is a better-for-you alternative to pumpkin pie. Ellie tops each individually sized pumpkin custard with caramel topping.

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Mexican Pumpkin Punch

Celebrate pumpkin in drink form! Mix pumpkin puree into the punch, then garnish with pineapple chunks, pecans and a splash of rum, if desired.

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Pumpkin Oatmeal

Dessert meets breakfast in this healthy, hearty blend of pumpkin pie and oatmeal.

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Creamy Baked Pumpkin Risotto

Risotto typically requires some free time to stand at the stove stirring the rice until the starches break down and it becomes creamy, but Aida's version is baked in the oven instead. Canned pumpkin puree and a touch of mascarpone cheese at the end make it creamy.

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