If You’re So Excited About Pumpkin, These Recipes Are for You

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Food Network Kitchen’s Cheesecake-stuffed Pumpkin Bread.

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Matt Armendariz

September is here and the aroma of pumpkin is in the air — well, the fragrance of fall-themed candles and spiced lattes, anyway. If you’ve been looking forward to the return of pumpkin-themed everything all summer long then there’s a chance you’re having a hard time waiting for the thermometer to read "pumpkin spice" (instead of "Italian ice"). I know I am. That’s why I rounded up a few pumpkin recipes that are perfect for early September: sweet and savory treats that you can make anytime — that feature just a hint of that late-autumn flavor you’re craving!

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Food Network Kitchen’s Healthy Pumpkin-Oatmeal Bake for Year of Oats/Drunk Pies/Diners, as seen on Food Network.

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Breakfast

Fall’s favorite gourd isn’t just for desserts. Pumpkin’s natural sweetness makes it the perfect choice when you want to spice up your good-for-you breakfast routine. If you’re feeding a family, bake fiber-rich pumpkin with old-fashioned oats for a Healthy Pumpkin-Oatmeal Bake.

Need something that you can prep the night before and enjoy on-the-go? Try creamy Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats or Ellie’s pepita-topped Pumpkin Muffins instead.

Food Beauty of a pumpkin smoothie as seen on Food Network’s The Kitchen, Season 4.

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Todd Plitt, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Lunch & Dinner

When you’re craving something sweet and delicious but need to eat a nutritious lunch, pumpkin is your go-to. Katie’ Lee’s healthy Pumpkin Smoothie is ready in 5 minutes — and tastes just like pumpkin pie!

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Food Styling: Karen Evans

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Kang Kim

For a warm and satisfying meal, choose a savory, pumpkin-filled bowl that marries fall’s best flavors. Two Food Network favorites? Creamy Tortellini with Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce and hearty Pumpkin Polenta with Vegetables.

Food Network Kitchen’s Cheesecake-stuffed Pumpkin Bread.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

Snacks

If you’re in the mood for something reminiscent of classic, Thanksgiving sweets then you’re going to love this Cheesecake-Stuffed Pumpkin Bread. It takes traditional quick bread to the next level by adding a rich, cream cheese swirl.

Food Network Kitchen's Pumpkin Pie Dessert Dip, as seen on Food Network.

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Stephen Johnson, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

No time to bake? You only need 10 minutes and a handful of ingredients to make Pumpkin Pie Dip. If you’re having friends over, uncork a bottle of bubbles to drink alongside – the effervescence will cut through the richness and spice.

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