Turns out, pumpkin is much more than an edible candle-holder. This superfood squash is low in calories and fat and loaded with good stuff like vitamins, beta-carotene, and antioxidants. Add it to desserts, pasta dishes, drinks, soups, and stews for a hearty hit of fall flavor. Pumpkin and Kale Lasagna Roll-Ups via The Adventures of MJ and Hungry Man Photo: MJ and Hungryman / The Aventures of MJ and Hungryman This gooey fall comfort food recipe is surprisingly light, since the pumpkin adds creaminess without heavy dairy. Use whole-wheat noodles to add some fiber and protein. Homemade Granola via The Daily Muse Photo: Niki Lowry / The Daily Muse Use this super easy recipe to make your own crunchy granola (with way less sugar than the prepackaged stuff). Southwestern Pumpkin & Roasted Red Pepper Soup via The Cafe Sucre Farine Photo: Chris / The Cafe Sucre Farine This spicy, savory soup is full of healthy veggies and exotic, tasty spices. Pair it with some crusty bread for a delicious, light autumn meal. Healthy Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Bars via Running with Spoons Photo: Amanda / Running with Spoons Whip up a batch of these healthier chocolate-pumpkin oat bars this fall. Pro tip: they make a perfect afternoon snack with a cup of tea or coffee. Roasted Pumpkin and Rocket Salad via Food on Paper Photo: Natashia Bevilacqua / Food on Paper Pumpkin is fresh and light when tossed with feta cheese, pine nuts, and spicy rocket (aka arugula for us Americans). Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream via Dashing Dish Photo: Katie / Dashing Dish It's like dessert and a PowerBar all in one! This fall-flavored ice cream recipe is loaded with protein, thanks to low-fat Greek yogurt and cottage cheese. Whole-Wheat Pumpkin Waffles with Rosemary via My Kitchen Affair Photo: My Kitchen Affair A few sprigs of dried rosemary transform these pumpkin waffles into a very sophisticated breakfast option. Serve them with a scoop of Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey. Spicy Pumpkin Chili via Leek Soup Photo: Dina Avila / Leek Soup Get toasty from the inside out with this tongue-tingling spicy dish. Good news for vegetarians — this recipe can be made with or without meat. You Won't Believe It's Vegan Pumpkin Pie via Food52 Photo: James Ransom / Food52 The name says it all with this recipe! This version of the Thanksgiving classic gets its custardy texture from ground cashews, not eggs or cream. Pumpkin Spice Latte via Pastry Affair Photo: Kristin Rosenau / Pastry Affair Tired of shelling out five bucks a pop for a seasonal drink at Starbucks? This homemade version is spicier, healthier, and much friendlier on the wallet. What's your favorite pumpkin recipe? Share with us in the comments below or get in touch with the author on Twitter @SophBreene.
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