Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Happy Fall - Squash and Pumpkin Ideas

What does fall make us think of?

Pumpkins of course!!!! Pumpkin and squash are full of beta-carotene and fiber. There are many dishes we can make with pumpkins and squash like kabocha squash with adzuki beans (which That's Vegetarian made a few seasons ago) but it leaves you with A LOT of leftover squash.  What are the options for these leftovers?

My suggestions and the suggestions gathered from my Facebook, Twitter, Unleash Video and YouTube followers include:
  • Pie, candied, cheesecake, ice cream, custard
  • Mix into cottage cheese, oatmeal or yogurt
  • Soup, chili, risotto
  • Cookies, scones, muffins, cupcakes, cake
  • Latte, smoothie
  • Wontons, pot pies, ravioli 
  • Waffles, pancakes, bread (click for Pumpkin Flax Bread recipe)
  • Mashed, roasted, pan fried
  • Butter
  • Facial, body scrub
The favorite addition to the squash/pumpkin is by far MAPLE SYRUP!!!  Then cinnamon, nutmeg, and whipped cream.  Add more suggestions below! 

Here's a soup recipe that I threw together with my leftover squash.  My friend told her son it was Peanut Butter Soup.  That worked for a few bites anyway!

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Soup

Olive Oil Spray
1/2 c diced onions
1t garlic
1t Cumin*
1/4t Coriander*
1/4t Fenugreek*
1/4t Ginger*
1/4t Asafetida*
1/4t Cayenne
1/4t Celery Salt
4c Vegetable broth
4c Squash/Pumpkin, diced and roasted (400F for 25 min or until soft)
2T Peanut butter
Salt and pepper to taste. 
*Substitute 2t curry powder total for the above spices

Spray the bottom of the pot with the olive oil.  Add the onions and sauté over medium heat for about 3 minutes, until soft.  Add the garlic.  After a minute add the remaining spices and cook for about one minute.  Add broth, roasted squash/pumpkin and peanut butter.  Heat thoroughly.  Puree the soup using an immersion or regular blender.  Use caution, it will be hot.  Add more of the spices, salt and pepper to taste. 

Serve with roasted seeds sprinkled on top, and why not, a little maple syrup!!

Other options include using cinnamon and nutmeg making it more like a pumpkin pie soup.  Try adding some milk ~ cow’s milk or keep it vegan with coconut, rice or almond.  
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Soup Printable Recipe