Aside from serving as a festive decoration, pumpkins have a lot to offer. When we purchase pumpkins for Halloween, we often fail to capitalize on all the possible recipes, crafts, and other things you can make with the unused insides. Below are some great ideas for making the most of your pumpkin this year.
Homemade Pumpkin Puree
Scoop out and deseed the inside of your pumpkin to obtain the flavorful insides that will beat any store-bought, canned pumpkin puree.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Once you scoop out the insides, gather all those nutritious seeds, place them in the oven, and roast them to perfection.
Pumpkin Seed Necklace
Another wonderful way to use pumpkin seeds is to turn them into a necklace. Grab a little dye or paint and get creative with colors, patterns, and lengths.
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
Brighten up your morning oatmeal with some orange pumpkin. In addition to adding some nutritious pumpkin filling, add a dash of nutmeg, some crunchy pecans, and dried cranberries to create a delicious fall dish.
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
Some of your homemade pumpkin puree mixed with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg are a wonderful way to change up your regular smoothie routine.
Add raw pumpkin and chickpeas to your puree for a flavorful spin on the classic dip.
In the mood for a warming dish? Use raw pumpkin to create the perfect fall soup.
After you fully utilize your pumpkin with some of the above-mentioned ideas, you can recycle it by placing it in your compost bin.