12 Surprising Pumpkin Dinner Recipes

Fall is no longer represented by falling leaves or crisp air, but instead, pumpkin-flavored everything. Getting your daily dose of actual pumpkin is extremely beneficial for your health because it is full of vitamins and minerals and it is low in calories.

Click here for the 12 Surprising Pumpkin Dinner Recipes slideshow.

As far as pumpkin-flavored foods go, we recommended cooking with fresh pumpkin or buying organic canned pumpkin. The pumpkin-spiced lattes and pumpkin baked goods can be saved for special occasions. Pumpkin has a lot of fiber, so incorporating the fruit in your dinner dishes will fill you up without tacking on a lot of calories.

In terms of health benefits, pumpkin is one of the best sources of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that provides vitamin A to the body. This can help lower the risk of developing cancer, asthma, and heart disease. You can consume pumpkin by making your own purée, using pumpkin as an oil substitute, or simply roasting it in the oven. You'll be happy to know that pumpkin fits in all of your dinner dishes and even some dishes you had no idea existed.

Apple Pumpkin Soup

When the weather starts to get cold, a warm and filling dinner is the comfort you are looking for. This recipe combines fresh pumpkin, carrot, onions, and sweet apple to create a healthy paleo-approved dinner to please everyone.

For the Apple Pumpkin Soup recipe, click here.

Hearty Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili

Chili is an easy way to sneak in protein-packed beans and vegetables while still delivering a hearty taste. This healthy chili recipe uses pumpkin as a base for a unique take on a classic cold-weather dish.

For the Hearty Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili recipe, click here.