Fall is well underway, and you've likely got more pumpkins than you know what to do with decorating your front stoop and stockpiled in the pantry. If you're running out of ideas for what to do with them, never fear: we have more than enough vegetarian pumpkin recipes for your Meatless Monday table!
Pumpkin isn't quite as starchy as some other winter squash like butternut. Its texture makes it ideal for puréed recipes or recipes that are cooked down to a mash. Because of its texture, pumpkin is frequently used in autumnal soups -- we've got a suggestion! -- but that's far from the only way you can integrate pumpkin recipes into your Meatless Monday meal.
Kadu bouranee (pictured above) is an Afghani dish similar to a curry. The sweet-and-savory combination uses spices like turmeric and coriander and is often served with a yogurt sauce to offset the spiciness. Serve it over rice, bulgur or couscous for a complete meal.
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Pumpkin soup recipes are commonplace this time of year, but our spicy roasted pumpkin soup recipe deviates a bit from the norm. Leek provides the sweetness of onion without all of the harshness of the stronger allium, while a host of spices -- coriander, cumin, turmeric, cayenne -- add both spice and heat. Coconut milk creates the creamy base for this vegan soup, perfect for your Meatless Monday table.
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This pumpkin pasta highlights both the sweet and savory attributes of the squash. When served in a savory form, pumpkin pairs particularly well with tangy goat cheese. In sweeter dishes, it's usually spiced up with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. In this pasta, both spice and savoriness are on the menu. The creaminess in this recipe comes from yogurt as opposed to cream, which makes it a perfectly guiltless Meatless Monday treat.
Turn Meatless Monday into taco night with these flavorful pumpkin tacos. This colorful dish is flavored with Mexican spices and topped with a variety of veggies. Consider creating a mini taco bar so that the different members of your family can decide for themselves what they'd like on their tacos!
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