Healthy Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

‘Tis the season for cooking with pumpkins…and other squash, too

By Sophia Bennett

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Are you looking for healthy ways to eat pumpkin this fall? This squash isn’t just delicious, it’s super-nutritious because it’s loaded with vitamin A, fiber, iron, potassium and other nutrients. We compiled a list of the best recipes we could find with an eye toward healthy pumpkin recipes that will satisfy your tastebuds without expanding your waistline.

But you don’t just have to use pumpkin in these recipes. Other types of squash will work, too. Butternut, buttercup, honeynut and acorn squashes are all suitable substitutes.

  • Vegan Pumpkin Black Bean Quesadillas

    Vegan Pumpkin Black Bean Quesadillas

    It’s hard to imagine a quesadilla without cheese, but in this case, pumpkin is the perfect ooey-gooey stand-in to hold the grilled tortillas together. Black beans add extra fiber.

  • Lemony Pumpkin Soup

    Lemony Pumpkin Soup

    Get two doses of healthy pumpkin in this recipe. There’s pumpkin puree in the soup and a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds (or pepitas) over the top. Turmeric, which is an anti-inflammatory, gives the soup a pretty color and adds in extra healthy goodness.

  • Spicy Pumpkin Power Bites

    Spicy Pumpkin Power Bites

    Looking for something a little sweet? This recipe has no added sugar, instead relying on ingredients such as dates and coconut for sweetness. This is a great healthy pumpkin recipe to use when you need a snack or a portable dessert.

  • Chicken-Pumpkin Tacos

    Chicken-Pumpkin Tacos

    Now that cold weather is there, there’s nothing like a warm meal at dinnertime. Combine fresh and canned pumpkin with chicken, tomatoes and spices for a filling dish that’s sure to hit the spot.

  • Pumpkin Mushroom Cannellini Bean Stew

    Pumpkin Mushroom Cannellini Bean Stew

    Here’s another meatless, healthy pumpkin recipe that’s perfect for fall! Mushrooms and mushroom stock add richness to this hearty soup, which also contains potatoes, thyme and sage.


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