Sunday, November 02, 2014

Pumpkiny Goodness

With Halloween now being over, we were able to turn our decoration into food!  We had carved some of our pumpkins but left a few on our porch whole in order to make purees on November 1st. What can you do with a giant $3 pumpkin? A lot.

First of all, you can roast pumpkin seeds.  They make a great snack that helps to regulate your blood sugar levels, boost your magnesium and iron, and provide you with ample fiber.  


Then we roasted the pumpkin and made it into a puree (just blend it after your roast it!).  


{Nya loves her job of pushing the button}

We used the puree to make Whole Wheat Pumpkin Waffles.  The house smelled so good.



Koen and Nya took turns stirring.  Gary has way more patience than I do for having more than one kid working with him in the kitchen! 


Gary made some Curried Pumpkin Soup with Coconut Milk.  If you want to be fancy, top with a dollop of Greek Yogurt and some roasted pumpkin seeds.  


Kai Bear really wanted to have some pumpkin scones.  I haven't done as much baking lately because we're really trying to reduce our sugar.  I tried this version; Skinny `Starbucks' Pumpkin Scones . It smells delicious but definitely tastes `healthier' with the whole wheat.  The icing is full of sugar and flavour so the kids gave it a score of 10/10 overall. 


I asked Kai for his thoughts on it and he said, `If this was all I was allowed to eat for one year, I don't think I would ever get sick of it!'.  Thanks for your review, Kai.


If you are wanting a Starbucks type scone with full fat/sugar, maybe try out this one; Spiced Pumpkin Scone Recipe.  I haven't baked this one but the reviews look good.  

We also measured out 1 cup bags of pumpkin puree and put them in our outdoor freezer to use at a later date.


 Do you have a favourite pumpkin recipe?  Please share the link to it in the comments as I'm roasting another one as I write this :)

Love, Louise

6 comments:

  1. I love all things pumpkin!
    This is a favourite recipe of mine and I bake it a couple of times a week. I like to add some toffee bits to the top for added sugary goodness. (I know, so bad!)
    http://www.the-baker-chick.com/2013/10/easy-one-bowl-pumpkin-bread/

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  2. yum!!!
    Here's my tried, tested and truly YUMMY starbucks pumpkin scones (so good I don't make them because, well, I'd eat them 3 meals a day):
    http://iowagirleats.com/2012/09/18/starbucks-clone-pumpkin-scones/

    That soup looks great!

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  3. Yes, I love making the pumpkin scones. But last year I made this, and BOY people were sooo impressed by it. Pretty easy to make, it just requires time. PUMPKIN ROLL!!! http://allrecipes.com/recipe/granny-kats-pumpkin-roll/detail.aspx

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  4. Did you know you can "roast " your pumpkin in the slow cooker? Same great taste and you can put it in before bed and wake up to it finished!

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  5. This is so smart! : ) I am going to do it this year!

    I am so curious about your "outdoor freezer". Can you tell me more? :D

    I live in a small space and would love to find a deep freezer that has a small footprint. Your outdoor idea might work!

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    1. Thanks! Our outdoor freezer is actually just in our detached garage but my sister has one outside her home just undercover (a chest freezer).

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