Waste not want not, rather than just chucking away the poor pumpkin after the 31st why not find another use for these orange beauties. Or go and grab a new one from the shops, they will be a bargain after Halloween.
To start with make give it a really good wash before you start cooking
Eating the seeds
After rinsing the seeds toss in a little olive oil and sprinkle some salt on top. Next roast for about 30 mins for the nutty depth really to come out. They are a great treat for any savoury snack lover plus they are high in fibre and antioxidants.
Classic winter warmer soup
Who isn’t looking for a hearty warming soup with the change of season? Perfect for those of us with little time or patience for cooking. Just pop four cups (around 500g) of pumpkin, 6 cups (950ml) of chicken stock. Next, add a bit of salt and pepper, a clove of garlic, a dolloped of cream gather and blitz. Top with parsley if you are feeling extra swish!
Pumpkin spa treatment
Full of vitamin C and antioxidants as well as containing beta carotene, pumpkins have properties that reverse UV damage and help with skin texture. Simply blitz into a puree add a little honey, coconut oil and massage onto your face. The perfect way to relax after taking everyone trick or treating or even answering the door to them all.
Perfect for anyone on the Keto diet but also an easy way to get little ones eating a few more veggies. Peel off the skin and then either crisp up in the over or dehydrator, sprinkle with a bit of sea salt or paprika for extra flavour.
Real pumpkin spiced latte
Forget Costa and Starbucks and give it a go yourself, no more fake sugary syrup but totally natural ingredients only. Blitz a handful of pumpkin into puree and whip with some vanilla, pie spice, milk, sugar (if you need extra sweetness) and a shot of espresso. Feeling like you need a treat? Finish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Get your bake off on
Everyone loves banana bread, so the winter version is pumpkin bread, makes your house smell amazing and pull of nutrients. Combine 425g pumpkin puree, 4 eggs, 250ml vegetable oil, 150ml water, 600g caster sugar, 450g plain flour, 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda, 1 teaspoons salt, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ground ginger and bake for 50 mins, Mary Berry eat your heart out.
So, whether you entertained the kids with pumpkin carving pre-Halloween or even just yourself (like I did) now you’ve got more ideas for half term fun or just some alternatives to binning those orange lovelies.