10.08.2012

Fall Fever: Please Welcome Polly from Thriving Home

I am loving all of the fall craft ideas out there. While I have taken a stab at a few, I have been using my creative juices in the kitchen! With a crisp in the air, I have found myself searching for some good pumpkin recipes. I've made a handful this season already and have quite a few more lined up. In fact, in our Thriving Home Recipe Index, we have several delicious and healthy recipes that include pumpkin in the ingredients. We strive to cook with as many unprocessed ingredients as possible for our families and include a variety of veggies, fruits, whole grains, and healthy fats. We have found pumpkin to be a great ingredient that adds flavor and nutrition at the same time! Here are a few of our favorite tried-and-true pumpkin recipes:

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

This is one of our most popular fall recipes. They are moist, flavorful, and loved by all members of the family. They also include loads of healthy ingredients and are easily freezable. I always make a double batch and pull them out for an afternoon snack. pumpkin chocolate chip muffins  

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes

As with so many of our real food recipes, they have sneaky vegetables (i.e. pumpkin this time) and 100% whole grain in them, but retain their light, fluffy texture. Plus, they’ve got a delicious “fall is here” flavor because of the pumpkin and cinnamon. pumpkin pancakes

Blueberry Pumpkin French Toast

Blueberry Pumpkin Baked French Toast is a healthy breakfast recipe my kids and I go ga-ga over. The original recipe was too white carb and sugar-laden for me. So, I used whole wheat bread (just leftover heels and stale bread that I had stored in the freezer), added some pumpkin for extra nutrition, and cut back on the sugar amounts. It’s delicious and freezes well before baking.

blueberry pumpkin french toast

Pumpkin Apple Cider

Here’s a healthy spin on a fall favorite. I tweaked this recipe from EveryDay with Rachael Ray magazine, opting out of the alcohol since it was for my kids. We loved it, plus it’s a great way to sneak in a vegetable. It tasted like a pumpkin muffin in a mug.

For a few other pumpkin recipes or meal ideas that sneak healthy ingredients into your food in a delicious way, check out our recipe index. We love to share what we are learning and the creative ways we find to help our families eat a bit healthier.

Pumpkin Whole Wheat French Toast

Pumpkin Whole Wheat French Toast is such a nutritious and hardy way to start your day. And, like most of our recipes, it’s super easy to whip up.

Pumpkin Whole Wheat French Toast

Hope you can get your creative juices stirring in the kitchen!

We'd love for you to swing by Thriving Home and check out all the other recipes, crafts, and thrifty home ideas that we have been up to. A few of our most popular posts that you might be interested in are below:

How to Hem Your Own Jeans and Keep the Original Hem
Make Your Own Non-Toxic Hand Soap
Baby Boy Football Blanket Tutorial
Healthy Freezer Meals
10 Helpful Tips on How to Sell Your Stuff on Craigslist

What yummy looking recipes! Thank you so much for sharing!

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I would love for you to link up your creative projects at this weeks Pin It Party!!

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