What to Eat on National Pumpkin Day
Whoo-hoo! A day to celebrate the pumpkin. Actually, we pretty much rally around the pumpkin all season long because there are so many delicious ways to enjoy this autumn staple. Plus, with pumpkin’s high levels of beta carotene and Kretschmer Wheat Germ’s protein, zinc, vitamin E and folic acid, the two healthy foods seem to belong together.
Pumpkin is truly an all-American squash, enjoyed in both sweet and savory dishes. Most of us grew up on pumpkin pie, maybe tried a small taste of pumpkin soup and now that we’re smarter, go crazy with everything from pumpkin spice lattes at our favorite coffee place to pumpkin spice granola and honey-roasted pumpkin ravioli. And don’t forget those tasty and nutrient-dense pepitas (pumpkin seeds).
We found some amazing recipes on Serious Eats and want to share our favorites with you—along with some ideas for making them even better with wheat germ. Let us know what you think of them by commenting on Twitter (use our #wheatgerm or #mywheatgerm hashtags).
Orange Chipotle Guacamole with Pumpkin Seeds: Chopped chipotles in adobo sauce, orange zest and roasted pumpkin seeds bring guacamole to new heights. Try sprinkling some wheat germ on top for added nutrition.
Olive Oil Pumpkin Bread: Recipe adapter Carolyn Cope advises using a delicate olive oil in this warm, spicy bread. You might even consider substituting some wheat germ for some of the flour. (Check out our flour substitution tips here.)
Pumpkin Orzo with Sage: Creamy pumpkin purée replaces butter and milk to lighten up this delicious sage-infused pasta dish. Add a few tablespoons of wheat germ to the purée during preparation.
Pumpkin and Apple Cider Cocktail: Kelly Carambula spices—and spikes—up apple cider with a bit of pumpkin puree, vanilla vodka and ginger ale. Yum! Tip: Pair it with baked crackers and a dip made with Greek yogurt, fresh chopped dill, wheat germ, salt and pepper.