3 Five-minute Pumpkin Recipes

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The change of seasons has come and gone. You’re much busier and colder than you were, and who could resist the temptation to try some of the hundreds of fall recipes popping up on the Internet? 

What better way to embrace the fall season than with a few food favorites with a pumpkin-themed twist? Pumpkin by itself is loaded with vitamins A and C, is low in calories and even has a little dietary fiber and protein added to the mix. 

Unlike artificial pumpkin flavoring, real pumpkin, whether fresh or canned, adds a pinch of authenticity to any recipe you use it in. Save the pumpkin spice latté for a much-deserved Friday afternoon treat, and let these and many other recipes dominate your home menu this fall. 

These pumpkin dishes are quick, easy and good for you. They’ll keep you full, refreshed and satisfied no matter the occasion.

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

All recipes developed by Meg Dowell

Serves 4

You’ll love this warm and creamy dish, perfect for a late lunch before the next Sunday football game.

2 cups chicken broth
1 15-oz. can pumpkin
½ cup cream
½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


  1. Combine broth, pumpkin, cream and pumpkin pie spice in a pan over low heat.
  2. Let simmer, whisking continuously, 5 minutes. Serve warm.

Pumpkin Smoothie

Serves 2

No matter the season, something cool and fresh is just a blender away.

1 cup vanilla yogurt
1 cup pumpkin
1 banana, frozen
2 tablespoons honey
½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


  1. Combine yogurt, pumpkin, frozen banana, honey and pumpkin pie spice in a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend until smooth. Pour into 2 glasses and serve cold.

Pumpkin Yogurt

Serves 1

Pumpkin for breakfast? Absolutely!

1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
¼ cup pumpkin
¼ cup pumpkin pie spice


  1. Combine yogurt, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice in a bowl.
  2. Whisk together until evenly blended.
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Meg Dowell
Meg Dowell is one biochemistry course away from a bachelor's degree in dietetics. She recently graduated with a B.A. in English, blogs for Kitchology.com and is the health/fitness/nutrition editor for College Lifestyles magazine. She hopes to begin her master's program at Benedictine University this January, pursuing an MS in nutrition and wellness with a concentration in nutrition entrepreneurship. Follow her on Twitter @MegDowell.