October 24, 2012

Pumpkin, Pumpkin Everywhere {Naptime Simple Tips}

We are at the height of pumpkin season right now so I thought I would check-in with some simple tips on pumpkin and a few ideas on ways you can enjoy it right this very second!

We carved a jack-o-lantern last weekend and you better believe I was all over the “guts” as they spilled out. My daughter, of course, was completely non-plussed by my whisking away the mixing bowl of pumpkin gore. She stayed outside and kept right on carving! Meanwhile, I went outside and toasted some yummy pumpkin seeds for a quick snack.

Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt

If you aren’t carving a pumpkin this year, or have no interest in making your own pumpkin puree from scratch, no worries. Here are some more ideas for some delicious things you can make with the cans of pumpkin you can buy at the store. I encourage you to buy organic pumpkin whenever possible. I usually buy ours at Trader Joe’s.

For Breakfast:

Pumpkin Granola with Dried Cherries via The Naptime Chef

Pumpkin Granola with Dried Cherries

 

For Dinner:

Pumpkin Parmesan Sauce

Pumpkin Penne with Pancetta

Pumpkin Mac & Cheese

Spaghetti with Pumpkin Parmesan Sauce

 

For Dessert:

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread via The Naptime Chef

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

  • Stacey Vulakh

    Thanks for more great ideas! I tried pumpkin spaghetti and it’s so smooth and delicious! What a great timesaver too – at this time of year it saves a shopping trip when the pumpkin is from the front steps 😉