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Fall Comfort Foods: 10+ Playful Pumpkin Recipes to Warm Your Family’s Heart

2014-10-16 by Zina Harrington
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Comfort Foods: 10+ Playful Pumpkin Recipes *Check out these creative ways to play with pumpkin recipes in your kitchen, on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

When the leaves start to change, so do my taste buds. Suddenly, everything pumpkin sounds delicious. While I adore pumpkin desserts, there are many other creative ways to play with pumpkin recipes in your kitchen.

Here is a mix of playful pumpkin recipes for families:

  1. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili: Get the kids excited by serving this dish IN small pumpkins. See instructions.
  2. Nutella Swirl Pumpkin Bread: My girls love any bread with a bit of swirl in it!
  3. Pumpkin Risotto: A light and tasty (kid-tested) recipe for cool fall evenings.
  4. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies: One word… YUM.
  5. Pumpkin Pancakes: Make breakfast fun this weekend with this unique recipe.
  6. Pumpkin Pasta with Bacon & Thyme: This savory casserole is a quick dinner fix.
  7. Pumpkin Soup: Add a little of this, a little of that… This recipe is a perfect way to experiment with the kids.
  8. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread: Another fall favorite!
  9. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds: Save those seeds when carving pumpkins. This classic olive oil recipe is my favorite.
  10. Pumpkin Spice Latte: Here’s a delicious autumn treat for Mom and Dad.

Bonus Recipe: Frosted Pumpkin Bars that my family simply devoured…

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Zina Harrington

Zina is the author of Let’s Lasso the Moon and Becoming UnBusy, where she inspires parents and children to interact creatively and enjoy the beauty of everyday moments. Facebook | Pinterest | Blog | Instagram

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