Pumpkin might be the most iconic symbol of fall. It seems to pop up everywhere you look -- from pumpkin gourds on Thanksgiving tables, to pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice lattes. Did you know that pumpkins aren't vegetables? That's right, they're a fruit! Interesting pumpkin facts aside, there's nothing quite as tasty, cozy, quirky or creative as a pumpkin. And the team at Bentall Kennedy Residential Services has put together a list of recipes to help you enjoy this delicious harbinger of autumn.

Pumpkin Soup

There couldn't be a simpler way to take advantage of pumpkin. With just a blender, some fresh pumpkin, and a few ingredients usually on hand or in the pantry, you can have a delicious fall treat. Peel and dice fresh pumpkin flesh into chunks a blender can handle. Add a cup of water (more depending on amount of pumpkin and your desired final soup consistency), two tablespoons of olive oil, and salt. Blend thoroughly until smooth. For added tang and variation, add fresh (or roasted) garlic, roasted red peppers, cinnamon, sage, basil, and maple syrup for a touch of sweetness.

Pumpkin Spice Hummus

Pumpkin Spice Hummus is another easy take on a classic. For this fantastic snack spread, start as you normally would with standard hummus: a can of chickpeas, 2-3 tbsp tahini, garlic (to taste), juice of half a fresh lemon, and olive oil. Dice and blend fresh pumpkin (or use pumpkin puree), and combine all the dip ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth, and if patience allows, let the mixture rest in the fridge for a few hours for the flavours to blend before eating.

Bowtie Pasta with Creamy Pumpkin and Parmesan

This Bowtie Pasta with Creamy Pumpkin and Parmesan recipe is warm, cozy, and delicious. Oh, and did we mention easy? Rustle up a box of bowtie pasta  (or any pasta shape you like) and boil until al dente. At the same time, saute butter, 3 tbsp of sour cream or greek yogurt, ¾ of a can of pumpkin puree or 1 cup of fresh pureed pumpkin, salt and pepper, garlic, a splash of olive oil, and freshly grated parmesan cheese in a pan. Stir evenly until smooth and well mixed. Add your noodles when finished, mix, and serve. Get the complete recipe here.

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

This one is easy to cook, but messy to prepare! Once separated from pumpkin slime, rinse the seeds until clean, lay on a baking sheet and season with salt (and/or pepper, cumin, chili spice, really almost anything works well here). Heat your oven to 350F and bake until crisp and golden brown.

Pumpkin Milkshake

What's fall without a pumpkin dessert!  In a blender, combine fresh or pureed pumpkin, milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon (cardamom if on hand as well), and white or brown sugar until blended. Add ice cream and blend until well combined and smooth. Get the recipe here.

 

The Bentall Kennedy Residential Services blog team hopes that these recipes have inspired you to eat more pumpkin this fall. For more information about Bentall Kennedy properties in your city, please visit our website.