I love pumpkin. I know that each fall, more and more things get pumpkinized, and there's a bit of resentment that comes along with the flavor becoming so ubiquitous, but I say, bring it on, and, don't limit to just fall, while you're at it.
That's why I love this collection of healthy pumpkin recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack, and why I turn to it year round. If you're a pumpkin fan like me, you'll love this list of a variety of popular healthy vegetarian and... vegan pumpkin recipes to spruce up your Halloween or Thanksgiving or anytime meals. These healthy pumpkin recipes will add color, flavor and nutrition to your fall table. Each one of these pumpkin recipes is vegetarian, and most (though not all) are vegan as well.
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Pumpkin pizza! Chunks of roasted pumpkin brushed with pesto on top of a creamy white sauce and topped with lots of cheese and crushed cashews. This is a truly gourmet vegetarian pumpkin dish for a fall entree. It's not the healthiest pumpkin recipe out there, but once you taste it, you won't care a bit!
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Using leftover or canned pumpkin and applesauce instead of oil, this fat-free vegan pumpkin bread recipe has plenty of flavor, fall spices and moisture, but without the added fat and calories. Spread your vegan pumpkin bread with vegan cream cheese, or turn it into a vegetarian and vegan pumpkin bread stuffing.
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Super short on time but need something pumpkin fast? This recipe is the answer. Pick up some canned pumpkin, a box of cake mix and some chocolate chips and you can have some vegan pumpkin cookies in the oven unbelievably fast. These 3-ingredient pumpkin cookies are indeed magical!
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Savory and aromatic, this vegetarian and vegan pumpkin and sage pasta sauce recipe is naturally lower in fat than other pumpkin pasta sauce recipes, and is perfect for an unusual (and delicious!) main dish for autumn or anytime.Continue to 5 of 16 below.
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Pumpkin soup can be very filling, so you might consider serving it as a healthy and light main dish. I like to add some sauteed tofu and a bit of fresh crumbled sage to a vegetarian pumpkin soup for some extra flavor and texture. You might also want to try this quick and easy recipe for pumpkin and coconut soup. It's a vegetarian and vegan pumpkin soup recipe using canned pumpkin and coconut milk.
See also: Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup
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Don't throw out those pumpkin seeds! If you need a recipe for pumpkin seeds, why not try turning them into a savory vegan pumpkin seed pesto? If you've got leftover pumpkin seeds from Halloween jack-o-lanterns, this recipe will use them all up. Serve your pumpkin seed pesto on crackers as a dip or toss with pasta for a main dish.
Need another idea to use up those pumpkin seeds? Try this pumpkin seed cole slaw with Thai peanut dressing - yum!Continue to 9 of 16 below.
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Another unpredictable way to add some fall pumpkin flavor to your meatless meals? Pumpkin lasagna! This three-cheese pumpkin lasagna recipe is made with ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses layered with sauteed mushrooms and onions in a pumpkin and sage cream sauce.
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These moist gingered pumpkin scones will fill the kitchen with a wonderful aroma. A yummy breakfast for a fall morning. Reviewers have given these pumpkin scones an average of 4 out of 5 stars and have called these scones "heavenly", "fluffy", "lovely" and "just right". I think you'll agree, so try them out! Since they're vegan, they're a bit more healthy and lower in fat than other scones.
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If you've got 15 minutes, you've got enough time to get this quick and easy pumpkin dessert ready to go. Made from just a few simple ingredients, this is am unusual way to serve up an elegant pumpkin dessert.
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Enjoy a healthier low-calorie and sugar-free pumpkin pie for your Thanksgiving or Halloween dessert. Using a sugar-substitute and fat-free evaporated milk keeps this crustless pumpkin pie low in calories and sugar-free. Or, try this easy and low fat vegan pumpkin pie recipe which uses tofu instead of eggs or a gluten-free pumpkin pie. If you're feeling more adventurous, try this vegan recipe for a chocolate pumpkin pie.Continue to 13 of 16 below.
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Aren't these little pumpkin doughtnuts adorable? The recipe comes from Teri, About.com's guide to Gluten-Free Cooking. Don't be fooled by the somewhat long list of ingredients. The procedure is simple, and you certainly wouldn't want to skip the final step of rolling them in a cinnamon-sugar mixture. If you're looking for a gluten-free pumpkin recipe for Halloween or Thanksgiving, try these little pumpkin doughnuts.
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Healthy and high in fiber, these pumpkin and oatmeal muffins are the perfect light breakfast for the morning after an indulgent Thanksgiving feast! Adding a crumbly sunflower seed topping means there's a bit of protein in these muffins too, making them perfect for vegetarians. If you'd like to try an egg-free and dairy-free vesion, here's a vegan pumpkin muffin recipe to try.
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An authentic (and gourmet!) vegetarian and vegan Thai-style pumpkin curry made with fresh pumpkin and courtesy of About.com's resident Thai food expert, Darlene. Darlene says to add some chickpeas if you feel like you need a bit of protein, but I love adding sauteed tofu to just about everything. What a lovely pumpkin recipe!
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Make healthy pumpkin cookies that are very low-fat by using applesauce instead of margarine or oil. These healthy pumpkin cookies are dairy-free and vegan as well. A reviewer gave this recipe four out of five stars and said, "These cookies are a snap to make and they are delicious! I think I ate at least 3/4 of this batch all by myself. They are very soft, moist, and flavorful."
See also: Gluten-free Pumpkin Cookies