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Pumpkins: How To Use Every Part

Halloween has come and gone with Thanksgiving following right on its coat tails. Don’t let those decorative pumpkins go bad sitting outside on your porch. Or worse, let the squirrels get ahold of them first. We’re here to tell you how to get your penny’s worth by using every piece and part of those pumpkins. From the guts to the seeds, you’ll be busting out pumpkin snacks just in time to serve on Thanksgiving Day.

Let’s start at the beginning where it all began. Healthy, tasty, and easy to cook. Who else has fond memories of making roasted pumpkin seeds with the family? Wholefully does us one better by customizing this timeless tradition with 6 different seasonal flavors you’ll be dying to munch on.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Six Ways by Wholefully

After fishing out the pumpkin seeds, you’ll be left with a bowl full of pumpkin guts. Garbage time? No way. Eating Richly shows you how to properly use every last bit (gooey guts and all) in their baked Pumpkin Gut Bread.

Pumpkin Gut Bread by Eating Richly

Slice your now carved out pumpkin into slices to make Steamy Kitchen’s Roasted Pumpkin Wedges. The best part about this recipe? You don’t have to remove the skin. Just slice, drizzle, sprinkle and roast, and you’ll be on your way to enjoying a little slice of autumn warmth.

Roasted Pumpkin Wedges by Steamy Kitchen

Be sure to save some of those uncooked pumpkin slices for this yummy recipe by Lazy Cat Kitchen. We’re talking Pumpkin Crostini With Rocket Pesto. What a perfect combination of pumpkin, pine nuts and pomegranate seeds that’ll fit just right into your dinner plans. And let’s be completely honest- Anytime you add bread, we’re all ears.

Pumpkin Crostini With Rocket Pesto by Lazy Cat Kitchen

Throw a handful of pumpkin chunks in the blender for these next two recipes. You’re going to need pumpkin puree, but rumor has it that using fresh pumpkin is better than canned. With your pumpkin puree and a dash of apple cider, you’ll have your hands on Lemon Tree Dwelling’s Pumpkin Butter that’s not only healthy, but very delicious. Did we mention it makes a great homemade gift as well?

Homemade Pumpkin Butter by Lemon Tree Dwelling

With the remaining pumpkin puree, let’s think chip dip with a Smoky Chipotle Pumpkin Hummus from the brains of Host The Toast. All it takes is a blender, a handful of ingredients, and 5 minutes to transform this recipe into the healthy hummus we’ve all been dreaming of. Loads of protein, fiber, and antioxidants? Even better!

Smokey Chipotle Pumpkin Hummus by Host The Toast

And there you have it! Before tossing those pumpkins to the curb, give these recipes a go-around to make the absolute most of your money. Be sure to tag us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or use #NatureSeal to show off your yummy creations with us!