Fall Fest: Pumpkins 5 Ways

This weekend we took the kids to a pumpkin patch and they absolutely loved it! Now we have lots of pumpkins and need to put them to good use. Here are 5 recipes using your freshly picked (and even canned) pumpkins.
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This weekend we took the kids to a pumpkin patch and they absolutely loved it! Now we have lots of pumpkins, and need to put them to good use. Here are 5 recipes I can't wait to use with fresh (or canned) pumpkin.

Flan

Make a mouth-watering pumpkin-flavored flan this fall. This recipe calls for solid packed canned pumpkin, which shouldn’t be confused with pumpkin pie filling packed with sugar.

RECIPE: Pumpkin Flan
Bread

In the mood for bread or muffins? You can make either with this recipe using fresh-grated pumpkin and pumpkin seeds. Make a double batch and freeze for later.

RECIPE: Pumpkin Bread
Soup

Need an extra boost of antioxidants? Whip up this soup with pumpkins, acorn squash, carrots and orange -- all excellent sources of antioxidants vitamins A and C.

Pasta

Add a touch of sweetness using pumpkin puree in this delicious pasta dish. Even with a touch of heavy cream, the recipe weighs in at around 400 calories per serving.

Salsa

Use pumpkin seeds to whip up this crowd-pleasing and figure-friendly salsa. Extracting them isn’t tough as you can see from this Alton Brown video.

TELL US: How are you using pumpkin this fall?  Tell us in the comments, or join the conversation on Twitter at #fallfood.

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby's full bio »

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