5 Ways to Use Pumpkin to Spice Up Your Meals This Season

Pumpkin SoupAs the days get shorter and weather colder, warm up your daily menu with some festive foods. This time of the year pumpkins are abundant and make for a perfect addition to several types of dishes. Here are five ways to add this super veggie into your life and spice up your favorite meals!

Pumpkin Seeds

This may be one of the easiest ways to incorporate pumpkin into your meal this season. After you and the kids carve your pumpkin, save the seeds, and rinse them off. Let them dry off a bit, then stick them in the oven. They are hearty and scrumptious with just salt and pepper, or you can make them more of a treat by sprinkling cinnamon and sugar on them while they bake. They make a great snack, or addition to salads and soups.

Pumpkin Muffins

While bran and banana muffins are popular choices year round, try mixing up with pumpkin muffins this season. They are slightly sweet, and perfectly moist. If you like banana muffins try substituting pumpkin for banana and add some cinnamon and brown sugar. These muffins are great snacks and even desserts. Whip up some cream cheese frosting if you want to make it even sweeter.

Pumpkin and Feta Risotto

You can even add pumpkin into your main dinner dishes! Try it in a risotto with feta cheese. The sweet pumpkin mixed with the salty feta combines into a deliciously creamy and filling dish. You won’t be able to stop eating it!

Pumpkin Soup

Warm up with a deliciously creamy pumpkin soup! It’s similar to the popular butternut squash soup. You can make it sweeter and creamier, if you like, or zesty and spicy. It’s a delicious seasonal dish that’s sure to warm your belly and spirits.

Pumpkin Butter

Apple butter gets all the credit, but pumpkin butter is just as good, if not better! The mix of concentrated pumpkin flesh, sugar, and warm spices makes the perfect spread for everything from your morning toast, muffin . . . even to mix into your yogurt.

Come pick up fresh and canned pumpkin, as well as any other ingredients you might need for your pumpkin menu at McGonigle’s Market in our full-scale grocery store. We are located at the corner of Ward Parkway and 79th Street in Kansas City, Missouri.

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