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Pumpkin Recipes for Autumn, Halloween, or Thanksgiving

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A variety of popular healthy vegetarian pumpkin recipes to spruce up your Halloween or Thanksgiving meals. These healthy pumpkin recipes will add color, flavor and nutrition to your fall table.

1. Vegetarian Pumpkin Pizza

Pumpkin pizza! Chunks of roasted pumpkin brushed with pesto on top of a creamy white sauce and topped with lots of cheese and crushed cashews. This is a truly gourmet vegetarian pumpkin dish for a fall entree. It's not the healthiest pumpkin recipe out there, but once you taste it, you won't care a bit!

2. Pumpkin Lasagna

Another unpredictable way to add some fall pumpkin flavor to your meatless meals? Pumpkin lasagna! This three-cheese lasagna is made with ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses layered with sauteed mushrooms and onions in a pumpkin and sage cream sauce.

3. Breakfast: Pumpkin Scones

These moist gingered pumpkin scones will fill the kitchen with a wonderful aroma. A yummy breakfast for a fall morning. Reviewers have given these pumpkin scones an average of 4 out of 5 stars and have called these scones "heavenly", "fluffy", "lovely" and "just right". I think you'll agree, so try them out! Since they're vegan, they're a bit more healthy and lower in fat than other scones.

4. Soup: Easy Vegetarian Pumpkin Soup

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Pumpkin soup can be very filling, so you might consider serving it as a healthy and light main dish. I like to add some sauteed tofu and a bit of fresh crumbled sage to a vegetarian pumpkin soup for some extra flavor and texture. You might also want to try this quick and easy recipe for pumpkin and coconut soup. It's a vegetarian and vegan pumpkin soup recipe using canned pumpkin and coconut milk.
See also: Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup

5. Main Dish: Pumpkin Pasta

Savory and aromatic, this vegetarian and vegan pumpkin and sage pasta sauce recipe is naturally lower in fat than other pumpkin pasta sauce recipes, and is perfect for an unusual (and delicious!) main dish for autumn or anytime.

6. Main Dish: Pumpkin Risotto

A vegetarian and vegan twist on classic Italian risotto - pumpkin! Why not? Pumpkin adds a sweet and unique flavor perfect for fall, Thanksgiving, or anytime. This Italian risotto recipe is both vegetarian and vegan, as long as you use a vegan margarine.

7. Main dish or dip: Vegan Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Don't throw out those pumpkin seeds! If you need a recipe for pumpkin seeds, why not try turning them into a savory vegan pumpkin seed pesto? If you've got leftover pumpkin seeds from Halloween jack-o-lanterns, this recipe will use them all up. Serve your pumpkin seed pesto on crackers as a dip or toss with pasta for a main dish.

8. Dessert: Quick and Easy Pumpkin Pudding

If you've got 15 minutes, you've got enough time to get this quick and easy pumpkin dessert ready to go. Made from just a few simple ingredients, this is am unusual way to serve up an elegant pumpkin dessert.

9. Dessert: Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pie

Enjoy a healthier low-calorie and sugar-free pumpkin pie for your Thanksgiving or Halloween dessert. Using a sugar-substitute and fat-free evaporated milk keeps this crustless pumpkin pie low in calories and sugar-free. Or, try this easy and low fat vegan pumpkin pie recipe which uses tofu instead of eggs or a gluten-free pumpkin pie. If you're feeling more adventurous, try this vegan recipe for a chocolate pumpkin pie.

10. Dessert: Gluten-free Pumpkin Doughnut Holes

Aren't these little pumpkin doughtnuts adorable? The recipe comes from Teri, About.com's guide to Gluten-Free Cooking. Don't be fooled by the somewhat long list of ingredients. The procedure is simple, and you certainly wouldn't want to skip the final step of rolling them in a cinnamon-sugar mixture. If you're looking for a gluten-free pumpkin recipe for Halloween or Thanksgiving, try these little pumpkin doughnuts.

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