Pumpkin. Could any other vegetable be so versatile, so greatly enjoyed by children, so …cheap? Thank you pumpkin. Thank you.
The humble pumpkin takes a simple salad and transforms it into a deliciously rounded meal. Try these colourful and nutritious salads on for size.
1. Maple bacon and pumpkin salad
This delicious and healthy salad makes a hearty meal on its own and the fusion of flavours is delectable.
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2. Healthy roast pumpkin salad
Kinda like a potato salad, but with roast pumpkin instead. I know, yummo!
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3. Lamb, pumpkin and chickpea salad
A delicious and nutritious meal on a warm summer’s day, put this one on high rotation during the warmer months!
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4. Pumpkin and couscous salad
Pumpkin and couscous. Some things were just meant to be. This is a must-have salad at your next barbecue, picnic or outdoor party. Or at home. Just, anywhere.
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Pumpkins’ sweet and creamy flavourings are the perfect foil for a risotto that the whole family will relish.
5. Pumpkin and corn baked risotto
Forget everything you’ve heard about risottos being challenging – this one couldn’t be simpler. Better yet, it’s a good budget option to feed the family.
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6. Roast pumpkin and sage risotto with blue cheese
For more adventurous kids or for a special meal for the grown-ups, the flavours in this baby are to die for.
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7. Chicken and pumpkin risotto
A perfect recipe for using up leftover roast chicken or making the most of a store-bought BBQ chook.
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8. Pumpkin and mozzarella risotto balls
You can simply make a delicious pumpkin and mozzarella risotto, or go one step further and create some delicious arancini, perfect for a dinner or party starter.
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Pumpkin in pasta is one of the easiest ways to get those daily veggie servings into those kids.
9. Roasted pumpkin, garlic and ricotta lasagne
A delicious vegetarian offering that’s positively oozing with flavour.
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10. Butternut pumpkin and goat’s cheese pasta bake
A creamy pasta bake that’s sweet and savoury all rolled into one.
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11. Gnocchi with pumpkin sauce
An easy and very tasty way to serve up some store-bought gnocchi for an el cheapo veggo dinner.
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12. Pumpkin and sage cannelloni
This pumpkin cannelloni has a lovely mellow flavour that is sure to please even the fussiest of eaters.
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Brilliant baked goodies
What’s the foolproof way of getting your kids to eat veggies? Putting them in a delicious baked good or sweet treat, that’s how! (You sneaky devil.)
13. Pumpkin, pear and ginger loaf
Give banana bread the old heave-ho and try this delicious wholemeal loaf, which you can make in just 10 minutes. Top with some delicious lemon curd, grab a cuppa and you’re in afternoon tea heaven.
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14. Pumpkin and ginger beer scones
They might sound a bit kooky, but once you’ve tried them you’ll never say ‘Ginger beer? In a scone?!’ again.
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15. Sneaky pumpkin muffins
These delicious cheesy muffins are perfect for school lunch boxes, afternoon tea or to pack for a picnic. They freeze well, so you can just whip them out when needed.
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And yes, yes, yes. 4 pumpkin soup recipes for diehard slurping fans
Arguably one of the best-loved soups on the planet, there are plenty of ways to spice up your pumpkin soup into something souper special.
1. Red lentil and pumpkin soup
Red lentils give you a protein boost and keep you feeling fuller longer making this a great option for lunch or even dinner.
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2. Roasted pumpkin soup
What could be more comforting on a cold winter’s day than settling down to a steaming bowl of pumpkin soup with a chilli kick!
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3. Thai pumpkin soup
Just four little ingredients will have you producing a zingy Thai pumpkin soup worthy of any restaurant.
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4. Apple, pumpkin and cheddar soup
Easy to make, loved by children and a great, healthy way to up their veggie intake.
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