Pumpkin is so much more than pumpkin spice lattes. Since pumpkin is everywhere you look this month, we decided to rustle up four of our absolute favorite pumpkin recipes where pumpkin -- not coffee -- is the star. Since pumpkin has a light sweetness as part of its flavor profile, it's a versatile ingredient, adding complexity to savory dishes and a nice roundedness to sweet ones. All four of these pumpkin recipes are positively perfect for Meatless Monday.
Pumpkin and sage go together so wonderfully -- there's perhaps no combo so evocative of fall. With this recipe, pumpkin and sage form the base of a creamy vegan pasta sauce, made with coconut milk and a hefty dose of garlic. You can easily use your own homemade pumpkin puree for this dish, but in a pinch, a high-quality store bought version will do.
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This smoothie is like a guilt-free pumpkin pie for breakfast. The raw, vegan smoothie is blended together from frozen banana, homemade almond milk, pumpkin purée, hemp protein powder, and spinach, for a healthy, protein-rich smoothie that's the perfect post-workout treat. It's sweetened up with a bit of maple syrup and some pumpkin spice for a seasonal smoothie you're sure to love.
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Change up your usual breakfast-for-dinner menu with these savory pumpkin waffles. The vegan waffles are made with a cornbread and pumpkin purée batter, seasoned with black pepper and chopped chives. The baking powder-based batter means you don't need to wait for these waffles to rise before you dig in -- just whisk up the batter, cook on a waffle iron, and serve.
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Pumpkin is perfectly suited for soups, and this spicy pumpkin soup recipe is no exception. A bit of south Asian flair makes this soup special, seasoned with garlic, coriander, cayenne, cumin, turmeric, and coconut milk. Sweet leeks in the base and a garnish of cilantro complete this dish, which is great to make in large batches and enjoying as leftovers all week long.
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