So, now you know where to go in search of perfect pumpkins and sweet apples. But, what should you do with them after you bring them home? Obviously, the best option is to eat them. Tradition pumpkin and apple pies are great, but overdone. With so many recipes and ideas in circulation thanks to social media and inventive minds, the sky is the limit for your fall food creations.
Fall is the perfect time to try a new recipe with pumpkins or apples. These go beyond your grandma’s classic pumpkin pie. Try a new twist this season with healthy, yet tasty options.
Senior elementary education and Spanish major Jen Stessel said, “I’m all about classic apple pie, but I would definitely try out new recipes.”
Some great recipes are pumpkin protein shakes, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin oatmeal and apple crisp oatmeal. The best part about these recipes is that they are healthy along with being delicious.
Pumpkins are full of fiber and low on calories. They contain potassium, vitamin A and C and are even recommended for weight-loss and as a post-workout snack.
Apples are obviously known for their nutritional benefits, especially for keeping the doctor away. Still, they are sweet (or sour depending on your preference) and useful when it comes to cooking.
Chemistry professor Merilly Ervin also teaches a cooking class at the University.
Ervin said, “I love to use pumpkin and apples while cooking in the fall, they are so nutritious, tasty and versatile! While they are most frequently found in desserts, both are also great in savory dishes.”
She added, “For example, I like to add apples to beef stew and vegetable salads. A classic is a Waldorf salad made with apples, celery and walnuts. Pumpkin can be added to macaroni and cheese, roasted and combined with arugula or kale in a salad, stewed with chickpeas and lentils, or used as a soup base, to name but a few of the savory ways to use pumpkin.”
It is obvious that there are many ways to use your apples and pumpkins this season. These autumn inspired recipes will turn your pumpkins and apples into so much more.
Whether you picked pumpkins or searched for apples, there are ways to utilize both. With a little imagination and a few fall-inspired ingredients, the possibilities are endless. For more recipes, check out Pinterest.