27 Oct 21 waste-busting pumpkin recipes for Halloween and beyond
With Halloween around the corner, many of you will be carving pumpkins and placing them on your windowsills and doorsteps to entice trick-or-treaters.
As you begin carving your Jack O’ Lanterns, remember, ‘don’t dump the guts!’. In the UK alone, over 18,000 tonnes of perfectly edible squash is dumped in the bin every year, but there’s so much you can do with the stringy, succulent innards (if fact, you can eat everything, but the stalk). We’ve joined forces with Hubbub’s #PumpkinRescue campaign because we believe a pumpkin is not just for Halloween.
Check out these devilish delights that are guaranteed to make the most of your pumpkins this Halloween and beyond.
Fact. Pumpkins are amazingly versatile things. Other than warding off evil spirits, they also ward off cancer and heart disease. The high beta-carotene content of pumpkin is what gives it its cancer and heart disease-fighting properties. Better get eating it then!
1. Creamy pumpkin pasta
2. Pumpkin risotto
3. Thai pumpkin laksa with crunchy fried chickpeas
4. Vegan ravioli with pumpkin and ricotta
5. Roasted pumpkin and quinoa salad
Fact. There are over 45 different varieties of pumpkin. They range in colour like red, yellow, and green, and have names like Hooligan, Cotton Candy, and Orange Smoothie.
6. Roasted pumpkin fries
7. Lebanese pumpkin hummus
8. Parmesan pumpkin fritters
9. Pumpkin pasties
10. Pumpkin puree
Drinks and smoothies
Fact. Pumpkins are fruits. More specifically, they are a winter squash in the family Cucurbitacae, which includes cucumbers and melons.
11. Skinny pumpkin frappucino
12. Pumpkin protein shake
13. Pumpkin beer
Fact. In a recent survey conducted by Populus, 52 percent of respondents would use their leftover pumpkins if they knew more recipes. 42 percent said they avoided cooking with pumpkins to avoid the hassle of de-seeding them.
14. Healthy pumpkin, carrot and apple muffins
15. Pumpkin spice latte cake
16. Pumpkin spice chia pudding
17. Simple pumpkin pie
Fact. Pumpkin seeds are packed with protein, magnesium, potassium and zinc, which help improve health, sleep and immunity to diseases. More reasons why you shouldn’t discard them!
18. Vanilla pumpkin seed clusters
19. Roasted pumpkin seeds six ways
20. Beetroot pumpkin seed pesto
21. Spiced pumpkin seed cranberry snack bars
Let’s not say Hallo-waste this Halloween.
Let’s take advantage of this super versatile, super nutritious squash. If you’re unsure what to do with your pumpkin guts make sure you join the #PumpkinRescue events organised by Hubbub, taking place all over the UK. Also, why not share your surplus pumpkins, pumpkin guts or your culinary pumpkin creations on OLIO!
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