For the very 1st time Aapplemint has a guest over. A very special lady, who has taken up a challenge. 12 different ways to prepare pumpkins ! Carly is the author of Createlive. She is extremely talented and very sweet, and make sure you tune in to see all the wonderful recipes she has come up with. With further adieu I present to you …. Carly Taylor !

Hello, readers. This is Carly from createlive, a blog about being creative in everyday life. My latest creative endeavor has been to show you creative recipes you can use to make use of the food of the season: Pumpkins. Kajal has been so wonderful in helping me kick off “The Twelve Days of Pumpkins” on her blog. I hope you enjoy!
                   
Happy fall, folks! And welcome, dear friends, to The Twelve Days of Pumpkins. Yeah, that’s right. Twelve days. Before you make the phone call to officially send me to the looney bin, you should know: these recipes are delicious. I have no idea how I pulled off twelve recipes using pumpkins. It’s as though a gourmet chef from the food network inhabited my body for 48 hours.

And this, my friends, is a great achievement: it does not all taste the same. This was initially a concern for me. I figured that 12 pumpkin-based recipes would taste like… well, 12 pumpkin-based recipes. Imagine my surprise to find that these recipes are actually quite varied – from hot to cold, breakfast to dinner to dessert, sweet to spicy, thin to thick, meaty to light… the only element all 12 recipes share is that they are healthy. A good common denominator, indeed.I’ve got a few amazing food websites featuring this series over the next two weeks — I’ll let you know where and when so you can stop by their sites and tell them how much you love me. Kidding.Or am I?So without further blabbing, let’s get this baby rolling. “On the first day of pumpkins, your true love gave to you…”

I’ve always been a fan of sweet potato fries covered in spicy seasonings. This is a new favorite – much healthier than fries, as they are not truly “fried” but are baked instead.

Prep time: 10 min . Cook time: 30 min . Total time: 40 min

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons Curry Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Sprinkling of fresh Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Pumpkin

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350
  2. Peel pumpkin using a potato peeler
  3. Cut 1/4 of the pumpkin into fry-shaped pieces (2-3 inches long, 1/4-1/2 inch thick)
  4. Toss fries in Olive Oil, Curry Powder, Garlic Powder, Cayenne Pepper, and Onion Powder. Sprinkle with Black Pepper.
  5. Arrange fries in one layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
  6. Bake for 30 minutes (until soft enough that a toothpick easily goes through)

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Comment :

So scrumptious! I really love pumpkin, especially when it is that flavorful and spicy.

Cheers,

Rosa

Hi Kajal,
This sounds like a great recipe, I have tried with sweet potatoes, but now will surely try Carly’s version of pumpkin. I’m sure my lil son will luv it. thanks !

love how your pumpkin fries look!

Oh my gosh – What a brilliant idea! I mean, move over sweet potato fries :) I can’t wait to try these.

Yum! I’ve never tried using pumpkin as fries but I will be now! Thank you for sharing this Carly!

I don’t know what to say. These are surely delicious! Pumpkin is good but making them spicy will make them great!

these look like the perfect treat for the next few months…

These look delicious. I’ve had sweet potato fries before, but never pumpkin fries.

I love to come across interesting, different side dish recipes. These look terrific and quite low in fat. My sons don’t mind mild spices – I will be interested to see if they find these too spicy or not. Can’t wait to try them!

I am seeing a lot of great and creative (not to mention tasty) pumpkin treats this season. This is another great option. Keep up the great work.

Try a Cinderella pumpkin for these. Much thicker shell, firmer and sweeter flesh. No comparison with a field pumpkin.

Your cooking recipe makes me want to it that pumpkin,although i’m not very fond of it eating a pumpkin before!

Love this recipe some great photos as well very easy to follow.

Thanks!


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