This time last year, I had yet to indulge in a pumpkin treat. Shameful, I know. So this year, I made my best effort to stuff my face with all things pumpkin during the holiday season. I don’t think a day has gone by that I haven’t started my day with Pumpkin Oatmeal, treated myself to a few Pumpkin Bars, or scarfed down a bowl of Turkey Pumpkin Chili. And just when you thought I couldn’t possibly eat any more pumpkin, with only a week left until Thanksgiving, I decided to up the ante and incorporate it into my day as much as possible. Because after next Thursday, it’s all about peppermint, gingerbread and egg nog :)
Pumpkin Pancakes (recipe coming soon)
Side of Kielbasa
I have always taken pride in my homemade pancakes. But these pumpkin pancakes kind of blow them out of the water. I’m just saying…they are pretty darn scrumptious! And nothing completes a pancake breakfast like a side of burnt-to-the-crisp kielbasa. The blacker the better. I like it scorched. Can’t wait to share the recipe with you :) (the pumpkin pancake recipe that is…)
Pineapple Chobani Yogurt topped with Fresh Raspberries
A handful of Roasted Coconut Chips
Believe it or not, I am still trying to work my way through my huge Chobani shipment. So today I enjoyed my favorite combination of all…Pineapple Chobani Yogurt topped with fresh raspberries. It’s so sweet and refreshing it kind of takes me away to a deserted island. Magical. And then I had to take it to the next level with a handful of my latest addiction: Trader Joe’s Roasted Coconut Chips. Can’t go a day without them. You MUST try them.
Chicken Cornbread Salad
After a fun and festive music class, Harper and I were ready for a healthy and hearty lunch. This salad is one of our favorites. With add ins such as grilled chicken, dried cranberries, walnut pieces and crumbled cornbread, it’s pretty much an autumn explosion on a bed of mixed greens. If only my homemade salads where this fancy.
After Lunch Treat:
Slice of Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats
Ever since I received my Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows from my Foodie Pen Pal, I have been wanting to whip up a batch of Rice Krispies Treats. Sadly, Halloween has come and gone and my poor Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows were still sitting on the counter. Even though Thanksgiving is around the corner I couldn’t let me my fun idea for Jack-O-Lantern Krispies Treats go to waste. Besides, now I have a killer idea mastered for next year’s festivities!
Since Harper has swim class on Tuesdays, dinner is always later than usual. I was looking forward to a filling meal, but my tummy couldn’t wait. Luckily, I found this sitting in the fridge and it was the perfect snack to take the edge off of my hunger until dinner was served.
Pumpkin Pie Spiced Pork Chops with Butternut Squash
Sautéed Swiss Chard
Comfort food has never tasted so good. Butternut squash is one of my favorite autumn veggies and it pairs perfectly with pork. I normally serve this meal with a side of broccoli but grabbed a bunch of chard from the crisper instead. I love to sauté chard with some olive oil, onions and a few splashes of stock (chicken in this case). It’s so quick and easy and the result is mouth-watering.
So just in case you were keeping count, I managed to squeeze pumpkin into 3 of my meals today. Which in my opinion should win some sort of pumpkin rockstar award. Granted it was more of a “pumpkin essence”, but the bottom line is, I am a pumpkin machine. And tomorrow I am shooting for 4 pumpkin filled meals :)
Your turn: What is your favorite way to incorporate pumpkin into your meals? Any favorite pumpkin recipes you want to share? Looking forward to reading your responses :)