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The fall season revolves around pumpkins; pumpkin patches, pumpkin beer, and pumpkin spiced lattes are just a few ways many enjoy this time of year and “fruit”.  In case you haven’t had the chance to relish pumpkin-flavored delights, now is your chance because today is #NationalPumpkinDay! While you may not have time to go to the patch and sort through pumpkins, grab one from a local store and have a fun-filled night carving your pumpkin for Halloween!

One of the best things about carving a pumpkin and scraping out the seeds is baking them for a delicious snack! While many people stick the classic flavor by just sprinkling olive oil and sea salt on the seeds there are so many ways to make your seeds gourmet! We’ve compiled a list of easy, tasty seasoning options to amp up your fall treat.

 

Fiery seeds—Sprinkle cayenne pepper and smoked paprika for a zesty taste!

Italian seeds—Drizzle olive oil, Italian seasoning and garlic powder!

Sweet seeds—Use corn syrup, cinnamon and sugar for an after-dinner treat!

Chocolate seeds—Cover in cocoa powder, orange zest and powdered sugar!

Ranch seeds—Seasoned with olive oil and a dry ranch seasoning!

Sweet Curry seeds—Use your favorite curry powder mixed with brown sugar for this savory flavor!

Garlic Chive seeds—Grated garlic and minced chives create a bold taste!

Olive Zesty seeds—These gourmet seeds require zest of a lemon, cayenne and finely chopped olives!

Pizza seeds—Create this flavor with olive oil, grated parmesan, basil, oregano, salt and garlic powder!

Dill Pickle seeds—Season with olive oil, white vinegar, dill, garlic powder, salt and black pepper!

Sweet & Spicy seeds—If you like sweet with a kick, sprinkle with brown sugar, salt, cayenne, black pepper and olive oil!

 

If you don’t have the time to carve up your own pumpkin, head to the grocery store for a can or two of pumpkin and get creative in your kitchen. There are plenty of sweet, tasty treats full of pumpkin flavor as well as savory dishes to serve at your next fall get together! Don’t worry, you don’t need to come up with your own recipes we’ve gathered a few for you!

 

Sweet Pumpkin Treats

Soft Pumpkin Cookies—these cookies have a more “cake-like” texture, making them melt in your mouth!

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow—Lattes aren’t the only treat you can add a pumpkin spice twist too!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars—Its like a chocolate chip cookie in brownie form that tastes like pumpkin, what more could you want?

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie—Nobody will judge you for indulging in this “pumpkin pie” for breakfast!

 

Savory Pumpkin Dishes

Pumpkin Alfredo—What’s better than a fall twist on a classic Italian dish?

Pumpkin Stuffed Shells—Another Italian favorite filled with pumpkin flavor!

Cheddar Pumpkin Mac and Cheese—Add a little pumpkin to this comfort food for the perfect fall meal!

Thai Pumpkin Soup—Creamy, savory soup for those cold fall nights!

 

Take the time to indulge in all things pumpkin with no shame! Make it a family night of cooking or take delicious treats to a party, whatever it is you will not be disappointed with the outcome! Happy Fall!

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