The following is by contributor Christen Babb.
Pumpkins inspire me. They are truly one of nature’s blank canvasses.
Pumpkins are best known for their ability to be carved into a myriad of artistic masterpieces, decorating the doorsteps of homes across America. However, this ever-versatile gourd can also play the starring role in both savory and sweet foods – from soups and raviolis to pies and even ice-cream!
Since I grew up not celebrating Halloween, I tend to associate pumpkins with the latter: food. Not only are they extremely versatile in recipes, their nutritional value is often underestimated. Known as a “superfood“, pumpkins pack a punch of B-vitamins alongside their mellow, inviting, and quintessentially American flavor.
Using pumpkin as my inspiration , I’m bringing you a nutritious and delicious pumpkin-packed meal: Healthy Chicken Bites (with Pumpkin!) + Cheesy Pumpkin Polenta Fries + Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars