Kids: 5 pumpkin recipes for Halloween

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October is the month of pumpkin, But also Halloween, so much so that this vegetable - in its enchanted version - also becomes the symbol of this Anglo-Saxon festival. Therefore, pumpkin-based dishes cannot be missing for a respectable October 31st.

Here five sweet and savory recipes to bring to the table on the evening of October 31 for an all-orange Halloween.

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In this article

  • Pumpkin gnocchi
  • Pumpkin and chocolate muffins
  • Cream of pumpkin
  • Pumpkin biscuits
  • Beef and pumpkin meatballs

1. Pumpkin dumplings

Do the gnocchi it's great fun, and in the preparation you can involve even children. The recipe taken from the book "La cucina dei bambini" (by L. Rossetti and C. Cagnin, Blu edizioni) provides a mixture based on pumpkin, ricotta and wholemeal flour for a delicate and sweet taste at the right point.

These gnocchi can then be seasoned with simple oil and parmesan or butter and sage, but they also lend themselves to richer condiments.

Preparation time

60 minutes

Ingredients for people 4

  • 500 g of yellow pumpkin pulp, without seeds and filaments
  • 2 spoons of ricotta
  • 4-5 generous tablespoons of wholemeal flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • grated Parmesan cheese

Cut the pumpkin into slices and wrap it in aluminum. Cook the bag obtained for about 30 minutes at 180 degrees, until the pumpkin is soft.

Remove the peel and pass the pumpkin pulp through a sieve, or mash it with a potato masher. Also add the ricotta, the flour and the yolk. Knead the mixture until you get a mixture that does not stick to your hands (if necessary you can add other flour to the dough).

Take a small portion of the dough and form some serpentines, then cut into chunks to obtain the gnocchi. Cook the pumpkin gnocchi in plenty of salted water and drain them with a ladle as soon as they come to the surface.

Read also: how to carve a pumpkin for Halloween

2. Pumpkin and chocolate muffins

Did you know that pumpkin is also delicious in desserts? In the muffin, for example, helps make them moist and soft. These sweets proposed by the dietician Alice Cancellato are ideal for breakfast or snack, in order to celebrate Halloween throughout the day.

Preparation time

30 minutes

Ingredients for about 6-8 muffins

  • 100g of almond flour
  • 150 grams of wholemeal spelled flour
  • 1 teaspoon of yeast
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 300 grams of pumpkin
  • 150 grams of 70% dark chocolate or dark chocolate drops
  • 4 eggs
  • 200 grams of whole cane sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of sunflower oil (or delicate extra virgin olive oil)

Mix together almond flour, spelled flour, yeast, a pinch of salt and chopped chocolate with a knife. Grate the raw pumpkin and add it to the flour mix. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar with an electric whisk. Incorporate the oil and add the two compounds. If the dough is too hard, add a few tablespoons of milk. Fill the muffin tins to ¾ and bake at 180 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.

Read also: Pumpkin soufflé

3. Cream of pumpkin and carrot soup with mandarin and ginger juice

This fragrant and spicy recipe of the dietician Dr. is perfect if some child has had to stay at home because of a bit of cold or flu: ginger and the vitamins contained in mandarins and pumpkin are, in fact, an ideal team in fighting the first symptoms and something hot is always good when you are sick.

Preparation time

35 minutes

Ingredients for people 5

  • 600 g of peeled pumpkin
  • 6 medium carrots
  • 2 Tropea onions
  • 1 l of vegetable broth
  • 1-2 tablespoons of grated fresh ginger, according to taste
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • whole sea salt to taste
  • 2-3 mandarins or clementines, of which the zest (about 2 teaspoons) and the juice
  • coriander and sunflower seeds for garnish (optional)

Clean the vegetables and cut them into pieces. Put them in a saucepan and cook for about 20 minutes over low heat, just covering them with the broth. Blend the vegetables and, if the cream is too thick, add more broth. Season with ginger, oil and salt and cook for another 8-10 minutes. Also add the tangerine juice to the cream just before turning off the heat. Serve garnished with chopped mandarin peel, coriander and sunflower seeds.

4. Pumpkin Cookies

The problem with these Anna Creazioni in Cucina cookies is that they last too short. They are perfect to repurpose for all snacks autumn in the coming months.

Preparation time

60 minutes

Ingredients for about 20 cookies

  • 115 g soft butter
  • 75 g caster sugar
  • 75 g brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or the seeds of a berry
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 whole egg
  • 130 g of cooked pumpkin pulp
  • 240 g of flour for cakes
  • 1 level teaspoon of baking powder
  • XNUMX/XNUMX teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 100 g of chocolate chips or dark chocolate in small pieces

Using a food processor or simply with a fork, mix the soft butter into small pieces with the granulated and brown sugar, vanilla and salt until the mixture is smooth. Also add the egg and the blended pumpkin until you get a puree and continue mixing.

Once all the ingredients are well blended, also add the chocolate chips, flour and baking powder. Cover and leave to rest in the fridge for at least half an hour.

After this time, take a small portion of the dough and roll it quickly in your hands. Arrange the balls well spaced on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and bake in the pre-heated oven for 15 minutes at 180 degrees.

Read also: Halloween pumpkins: 20 ideas to decorate them with imagination

5. Beef and pumpkin meatballs

A prescription gluten-free and dairy-free from the blog Armonia Paleo, perfect even if there are intolerant children at dinner. There pumpkin replaces the classic bread soaked in milk, giving softness to meatballs: being hidden in a meatball (food universally loved by all children) could be a great way to persuade even the most skeptical to taste a vegetable.

Preparation time

20 minutes

Ingredients for 12 Meatballs

  • 300 g of ground beef
  • 100 g of pumpkin puree
  • ½ clove of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley
  • 3-4 sage leaves
  • ½ teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt
  • 10 grams of virgin coconut oil (or extra virgin olive oil)

Mix the minced meat with the pumpkin puree, obtained by cooking the vegetable in the oven until the pulp is very soft and then mashing it with a fork, a potato masher or blending it. Adjust the salt mixture and add the chopped parsley and grated garlic and mix well.

Make 12 meatballs roughly the same size from the dough and keep them ready. Meanwhile, heat the coconut oil with the sage leaves, brown the meatballs on each side and cook for 10 minutes, turning them from time to time.

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