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Pumpkin Recipes Perfect for Fall

Posted on October 24, 2014 by The VRG Blog Editor

It’s the Perfect Time of Year to Prepare Pumpkin Recipes! Enjoy the following with family and friends.

Pumpkin Smoothie (from Vegans Know How to Party, by Chef Nancy Berkoff, RD)
Serves 4

1 cup canned pumpkin (unsweetened)
1 cup vanilla soy yogurt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 Tablespoon organic brown sugar
2 cups ice cubes

Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Serve in a small glasses, as this is very rich.

Pumpkin Bread (from Vegan Microwave Cookbook, by Chef Nancy Berkoff, RD)
Makes 9×5-inch or 8×4-inch loaf pan, or about 10 slices

1 cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup organic sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger powder
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon clove powder
½ cup oil
4 Tablespoons silken tofu
½ cup chopped walnuts, almonds, or mixed nuts (optional)
1 cup canned pumpkin (unsweetened)
Vegetable oil spray

In a medium-size mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients (except oil spray) until well combined.

Spray a 9×5-inch of 8×4-inch loaf pan with vegetable oil. Spread batter evenly in the pan. Place an inverted shallow bowl or saucer in the center of the microwave or use a microwave baking rack. Place the loaf pan on the bowl or rack. Microwave on MEDIUM for 9 minutes. Rotate and microwave on HIGH for 2-5 minutes. Check for readiness with a toothpick inserted in the center.

Note: If possible, use a loaf pan with straight, rather than sloped sides for microwave baking.

Moroccan Couscous and Pumpkin (from The Lowfat Jewish Vegetarian Cookbook, by Debra Wasserman)
Serves 4

1 pound pumpkin, seeds removed and chopped
1 cup water
1 cup couscous
1 small onion, minced
¼ cup slivered onions
¼ cup raisins
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup maple syrup

Steam chopped pumpkin in water in a covered pot over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and simmer in covered pot for 2 minutes. Turn off heat and let covered pot sit for 3 minutes longer. Stir and serve immediately.

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