cooking with pumpkins

Cooking With Pumpkins

As pumpkin enthusiasts, it saddens us to know that many people know little about cooking with pumpkins. They may not even have tasted this luscious and nutritious squash.

In fact, poor pumpkins in the UK are often harvested for the only reason of becoming a Halloween lantern. Many pumpkins will end their brief lives having their delicious flesh thrown in a bin. And only the carved outer shell used to make a ghoulish sight. 

Well, we know all about pumpkins including cooking them. So, enjoy feasting on our pumpkin ideas below.  

Pumpkins for Breakfast​

To us at Pumpkin Festival – we don’t think there’s a much more versatile fruit cum vegetable. You can slice pumpkin to top breakfast cereals and pumpkin jam makes a delicious topping to wholewheat toast for breakfast. Then there’s pumpkin on porridge, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin muffins – and pumpkin seeds for granola and muesli. Here are some breakfast pumpkin recipes, you’ll find in our blog: 

🎃 Pumpkin Apple muffins

🎃Pumpkin Zucchini muffins

🎃 Pumpkin Granola

🎃 Pumpkin Oat muffins

🎃 Pumpkin Jam

Pumpkins for Lunch

Pumpkins make the best soup and are perfect for a wholesome and nutritious lunch. Or try grilled pumpkin, chicken and halloumi salad – for a lunch that provides perfect macros and micros. You’ll also find pumpkin keto recipes on the site:

🎃Spiced Pumpkin soup

🎃Pumpkin & Kale Salad 

🎃Keto Pumpkin Houmous

🎃Pumpkin Keto Muffins

🎃Pumpkin Pasties


Pumpkins For Dinner

And for dinner, well we have so many suggestions we are going pumpkin-crazy. Pumpkin is DELICIOUS added to stews and risottos. It’s perfect in pasta dishes and as a standalone veggie side dish with meats, fish and poultry. 

Pureed pumpkin makes an excellent base for curries – and is ideal for tasty vegan and vegetarian recipes. Pumpkin is even a pizza topping in our eyes. Check out our pumpkin dinner recipes:

🎃Pumpkin Ravioli Sauce

🎃Pumpkin Mac And Cheese

🎃Pumpkin Gnocchi 

🎃Pumpkin Quiche

🎃Pumpkin Alfredo

cooking with pumpkins

Baking With Pumpkins

And because pumpkin is sweet, (because it’s a fruit) – it’s pumpkin-tastic in, custards, muffins, pancakes, and of course, pies.

If you are doing a healthy make-over of baking recipes, pumpkin puree can replace sugar and fat when carefully used. Pumpkin cakes and pies are perfect for taking along to pumpkin festivals.

Here are just some of the recipes you’ll find in our Pumpkin Baking blogs:

🎃Spiced Pumpkin Cake

🎃Pumpkin Fudge

🎃Pumpkin Trifle

🎃Pumpkin Tiramisu

🎃Pumpkin Apple Pie

Pumpkin Drinks

You didn’t think we’d finished yet, did you? That pumpkin flesh tastes divine when blended in drinks and smoothies. Or it can be used to flavour drinks as well as being used for brewing and fermenting.  So, let’s hear it for pumpkins! Cheers. 

Find recipes for several pumpkin alcoholic and non-alcoholic like these:

🎃Pumpkin Ale

🎃Pumpkin Wine

🎃Pumpkin White Russian

🎃Pumpkin Martini

🎃Pumpkin And Banana Smoothie

Pumpkin For Pet Recipes

Oh yes, we love pumpkins at Pumpkin Festival and don’t want our furbies to miss out either. We know all about pumpkins and they are a safe ingredient for both cats and dogs, so we couldn’t let them miss out. 

Have fun making some treats for your furballs. Pumpkin is ideal for weight-watching felines that have been sterilised, so get cooking up some love-filled pumpkin morsels for Fido and Simba. 

You’ll be doing your pets a favour by cooking up these pumpkiny treats as canned pumpkin is often recommended by veterinarians as a dietary supplement for dogs and cats that have digestive problems such as constipation and furballs. The high fibre content aids proper digestion.

cooking with pumpkins