20 Ways to Make Pumpkin

Best Paleo pumpkin recipes

Looking for the best Paleo pumpkin recipes from the Paleo community?  Here are some of the best ones that I have tried to satisfy any pumpkin craving.

I am a huge sucker for anything “pumpkinny.”  Once the air starts getting a little cooler, I automatically start craving the smells and tastes of Fall!  And what says “Fall” more than some delicious pumpkin recipe?

I always have a pumpkin candle burning this time of year, and sometimes I just want to drink it because it smells SO amazing!  Since that probably wouldn’t taste as great as it smells, I’ve found lots of pumpkin recipes.

When I use pumpkin, I will admit that I usually buy a can of organic, pureed pumpkin.  Be sure to look closely to ensure you don’t pick up “pumpkin pie filling,” as this product contains much more than just plain pumpkin!

However, if you would like to try making your own pumpkin puree, I applaud you!  Just look for some “pie pumpkins” (usually a smaller, sweeter, smoother pumpkin than the typical jack-o-lantern pumpkins you see everywhere).  Look for one that is firm and un-bruised.  Cut the pumpkin in half, and scoop out the seeds.  Next, you can either microwave it with about an inch of water for around 15-30 minutes, or steam it on the stove for about the same amount of time.  With both methods, check frequently on the pumpkin’s softness.  When it is soft enough to scoop out the flesh, it’s ready!

The pumpkin should separate easily from it’s skin.  Use a table spoon to scrape it into a bowl – it will come out in large chunks.  Finally, puree the meat to create a smooth consistency.

Best of the Best Paleo Pumpkin Recipes that I Have Tried.

Paleo Pumpkin RecipesHere are some ideas to help you use as much pumpkin as possible this year!

(Note: most of these are treats, and should be treated as such… not consumed on a super-regular basis, and not over-eaten.)

1. My all-time favorite pumpkin recipe: Pumpkin Pancakes.  The best version I’ve found is the one in Practical Paleo.  Absolutely amazing.  Click here.

2. Pumpkin Pie.  I’ve made this recipe numerous times, especially over the holidays last year.  It is absolutely delicious, and puts regular grocery-store pumpkin pies to shame!  Click here.

3. Pumpkin Muffins.  There are a TON of recipes out there for pumpkin muffins… here are a few of my faves: Paleo Pumpkin Muffins,  Carrot Pumpkin Spice Muffins, Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins, and another using coconut flour.

4. Pumpkin Cookies.  This recipe is yummy!

5. Pumpkin Spice Cake.  The Food Lovers know how it’s done!  Click here.

6. Pumpkin Custard.  I haven’t tried this one yet, but it looks great!  Click here.

7. Pumpkin Swirl Banana Bread. Click here.

8. Paleo Pumpkin Ice Cream.  What could be yummier?  Click here.

9. Pumpkin Smoothie.  Just blend 1 banana, 1 C coconut milk, 3/4 C pumpkin puree, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg.  Delish!

10. Sugar Detox Pumpkin Cake in a Mug.  Again, haven’t tried this one, but it looks yummy!

11. Pumpkin Granola.  I love this recipe!

12. Pumpkin Pie Espresso Hazelnut Butter.  Haven’t tried it, but wow… I should.  Click here.

13. Pumpkin Spice Latte.  Used to be my favorite drink at Starbucks… now I can enjoy it without feeling disgusting afterward!  Click here.

14. Pumpkin Chicken Chili.   Oh yum!  What a perfect meal on a cool Fall evening!  Click here.

15. Bison Chili with Pumpkin.  A new Paleo friend just told me about this recipe, and says that it’s delicious!  I cannot wait to try it.

16. Creamy Pumpkin Curry.  I love recipes from Everyday Paleo!  Click here.

17. Pumpkin Cashew Coconut Curry.  Looks tasty!  Click here.

18. Paleo Pumpkin Bread.  From Robb Wolf’s website… click here.

19. Ground Lamb and Pumpkin.  So delish!  Click here.

20. Pumpkin Soup.  I love it!  Click here.

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Enjoy this lovely PUMPKIN season!

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March Favorites! –

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I wanted to share some of the great little things that I’ve been kind of obsessed with over the past month 🙂

 

1. Angry Orchard Hard Cider. I finished up a Whole30 halfway through this month and did a little celebrating with Angry Orchard. The hard ciders are gluten free, completely delicious, and they didn’t make me feel gross whatsoever. Definitely a treat to enjoy every now and then!

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2. Indoor cycling – AT HOME! Since sitting is the new smoking and all, I wanted to have something that was easily accessible for me to use when I want to read or watch tv or listen to a podcast, without just plopping down on the couch. A treadmill desk is out of my price range, so I found this Sunny SF-B1001 indoor cycling bike on Amazon. It’s been great for anything from a light bike ride in the morning to get my legs moving, to a hardcore at home spin class (which there are actually handy little iPhone apps for!). It’s great quality, quiet, and I’ve really gotten a lot of use out of it.

 

3. Plow Pose. Besides feeling just plain amazing, this Yoga posture is really nurturing for your digestive system and endocrine system. It helps abdominal organs, including the kidneys and liver, work more efficiently (guess I need that after images-2my hard ciders ;)). It is also a unique posture for women because of the compression in the pelvic area, it helps to strengthen reproductive organs and can minimize symptoms of menopause. Since it also compresses the throat, Plow pose helps stimulate and regulate the thyroid and parathyroid glands. As if thats not enough, its a counter stretch for bad posture, and can really help lengthen the spine and stretch the shoulders. This posture is probably my favorite yoga posture of all.

 

4. Traditional Medicinals Tea. I absolutely love tea, hot or iced, and I love strong tea. Traditional Medicinals does not disappoint. My favorites are their Cran-aid and Hibiscus, especially iced with some fruit added in for flavor and sweetness. Their teas are loaded with flavor, have good ingredients (no artificial weird stuff), and are really good quality.

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5. Shakshuka. If you’ve never heard of it before your life is probably about to change. Every recipe or article about Shakshuka that I’ve discovered  has been written by someone that is completely obsessed with it as well. A traditional Israeli dish, it consists of eggs poached in diced tomatoes, chili peppers, onions, cumin, and spices. It’s so versatile that you can have it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and so easy that you can begin cooking it and walk away until it’s done. It’s my go to for when I’m feeling like cooking is just too much work. I have probably eaten Shakshuka at least twice a week for the past month, and somehow all I want is more.

Here’s my recipe, but I play around with it and make it a little different each time. You can also add hot sauce, spinach, kale, sausage, beef, or any other meat to it if you’re feeling extra motivated.

1 Tbsp oil of choice (typically olive oil is used for this)

1 small onion finely chopped

3 jalapeños stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped (this is completely optional, I rarely use them)

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp cumin

1 Tbsp paprika

1 28-oz can diced tomatoes

6-8 eggs

salt, pepper, and red pepper to taste.

Heat oil in a 12 inch skillet on medium heat. Add in onions, jalapeños, and spices and sauté for about 5 minutes until onions start to look clear. Add the diced tomatoes, mix well, and cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes. Create little wells in the tomato sauce and crack an egg into each one. Sprinkle pepper over the top of the eggs, cover, and cook until your eggs are cooked to your preference, usually about 15 minutes for me. Once finished, you can drizzle olive oil on top or garnish with parsley.

I’m looking forward to April and SPRING! Do you have any “favorites” from this past month? What are they?

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Chocolate Dipped Clementines –

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I have been DYING to make these for a few weeks now. I already eat clementines for dessert pretty regularly because they are (in my opinion) one of the most delicious fruits ever! So I thought dipping them in dark chocolate would really take them to the next level. I sprinkled pistachios on some, sea salt on some, and shredded coconut on some. I think they’d also be good with chia seeds, almonds, or ginger.

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They taste so good its hard to believe that they’re actually healthy too, but I find that to be the case with a lot of Paleo food. Clementines are loaded with vitamin c, rich in calcium and potassium, and can help maintain healthy digestion because of their fiber content.

 

 

So, here’s the recipe:

7-8 clementines

4 oz. dark chocolate

Toppings of choice (sea salt, pistachios or other nuts, finely shredded coconut, ginger, chia seeds, etc.)

Directions: Peel and separate the clementines and set them aside. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Melt the chocolate using a double boiler, then dip each clementine segment into the dark chocolate and sprinkle with desired topping before the chocolate sets. Place on wax paper, and once all pieces are dipped, refrigerate for 10 minutes to harden. They will store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Makes about 50 pieces.

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This recipe was adapted from  The Food Network.

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