Nothing says autumn like pumpkin, and the good news is that pumpkin is a nutrient-dense fruit well worthy of including in your meals. In addition to its pleasing taste, pumpkin contains valuable antioxidants to help protect your cells, beta-carotene to protect your eyesight and skin, as well as vitamins A and C to support your overall immunity.
If you’re interested in adding some pumpkin to your diet this season, here are five of our favorite healthy lunch and dinner recipes featuring the most popular winter squash — the pumpkin.
Pumpkin Avocado Feta Salad — This salad is heartier than your usual salad with the addition of roasted pumpkin, chunks of avocado, feta and even toasted pine nuts for some crunch. There’s plenty of healthy fat from the avocado and vitamins and minerals from the pumpkin and greens too. Check out the full recipe here … https://www.chefnotrequired.com/pumpkin-avocado-feta-salad/
Curried Pumpkin Chicken Soup — This hearty soup features just the right amount of protein from the shredded chicken and flavor from the pumpkin and spices. It’s easy to make and would be perfect to batch cook to freeze for later too. Check out the full recipe here … https://www.hauteandhealthyliving.com/recipe-box/curried-pumpkin-chicken-soup/
Honey Roast Pumpkin Quinoa Salad — This vegetarian and dairy-free salad recipe packs tons of flavor with seasoned roasted pumpkin, slivered almonds and protein-heavy quinoa. Check out the full recipe here … https://nourisheveryday.com/honey-roast-pumpkin-quinoa-salad/
Easy Pumpkin Veggie Stir Fry — This gluten-free and vegan dish is chock full of nutritious veggies, like pumpkin, zucchini and spinach, and is made without cooking oil too. It should take less than 30 minutes to prepare and can be eaten on its own or with rice or noodles for a filling lunch or dinner. Check out the full recipe here … https://earthofmaria.com/pumpkin-stir-fry/
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Turkey Chili — What sounds more comforting than a warm bowl of healthy chili with all the flavors of fall? This Whole30-approved recipe is incredibly simple, because after a little prep, you can set it and forget it in the slow cooker or in an instant pot. There’s plenty of lean protein from the chili and fiber and taste from the pumpkin, tomatoes and chilis too. Check out the full recipe here … https://www.maryswholelife.com/instant-pot-pumpkin-turkey-chili/