It’s that time of the year… PUMPKIN SEASON! Pumpkins, a type of squash, are rich in vitamin A, C, and E which have been linked to be important for healthy eyesight and skin! I guess pumpkins are ACEs… eh? ;~) (Good one Rovika.) The following recipes are super quick and easy to make. I hope you enjoy them!
Overnight Pumpkin Spice Latte Oats
Ingredients (Makes 1 serving)
- 1/2 cup of dried instant oats
- 1 cup of soy milk
- 1/3 tbsp of pumpkin spice
- 1/3 tbsp of cinnamon
- 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree
- 1/2 tbsp of ground coffee
- 1/3 cup of nonfat plain Greek yogurt
Mix the oats and pumpkin spice seasoning together in a mason jar or choice of container. In a cup, dissolve the coffee in soy milk, then pour into the pumpkin spice oats. Stir until the liquid is evenly incorporated.
In the following order, top the oats with pumpkin puree, Greek yogurt, and cinnamon. Feel free to drizzle with honey or add nut butter. Leave overnight in the fridge, and enjoy the next day!
Basil Pumpkin Pasta
Ingredients (Makes 2 servings)
- 6 oz of pasta (I used Trader Joe’s black bean rotini pasta for fiber and protein!)
- 1 cup of chopped basil
- 1 cup of chopped kale
- 2 tbsp of sun-dried tomatoes (oil-free!)
- 1/2 tbsp of coriander
- 1/2 tbsp of ground black pepper
- 1 can of pumpkin puree
- Mini heirloom tomatoes
- 1/4 tbsp of Trader Joe’s 21 salute seasoning for garnish (or choice of dried herbs)
Cook the pasta according to the instructions, but save the pasta water for the sauce!
In a non-stick pot on low heat, add the chopped basil and kale. Soften by adding 1/4 cup of the pasta water into the pot. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, and let the flavors meld for five minutes.
Add in the pumpkin puree, coriander, and ground black pepper. Stir, and simmer for 7 minutes. Turn off the heat, and fold in chopped mini heirloom tomatoes.
Place the cooked pasta on a plate, and top it with the pumpkin basil sauce. Garnish with 21 salute seasoning, or your choice of dried herbs, for another layer of flavor and the aesthetics! ;~)