With fall just a day or two away, savory pumpkin recipes are in order, right? Nothing makes the process easier than your trusty Instant Pot! These 8 Savory Pumpkin Recipes Using the Instant Pot include both vegetarian and meat-loving options, and both exotic and comfort style recipes. Try one or try them all!
I guess I'm just feeling Septemberish," sighed Chester. "It's getting towards autumn now. And it's so pretty up in Connecticut. All the trees change color. The days get very clear―with a little smoke on the horizon from burning leaves. Pumpkins begin to come out.~~ George Selden, The Cricket in Times Square
👩🏻🍳 Tamara Talks - About Pumpkins and Savory Pumpkin Recipes
I wish fresh pumpkin was available for more than a few weeks a year. I especially love the pretty miniature varieties like "jack-be-little" and "baby boo" pumpkins. I used carnival squash for my candied pumpkin in spiced syrup last year.
Fresh pumpkins are available in McAllen for 4-6 weeks a year in our local markets, and the varieties are somewhat limited. I do find the standard jack-o-lantern pumpkins, and pie pumpkins widely available, but I love the heirloom and colorful varieties.
Pumpkin is a winter squash, and if you cannot get fresh pumpkin, you can substitute other winter squash like butternut or kabocha in many recipes. It is technically a fruit, but the nutrition profile is more like that of a vegetable.
Is pumpkin healthy?
Pumpkin is a very healthy food. It is nutrient-dense, meaning the vitamins and minerals to calorie ratio is quite high. One 8 ounce serving provides:
- calories: 49
- protein: 2 g
- carbohydrates: 12 g
- fiber: 3 g
- Vitamin K: 49% RDI
- Vitamin C: 19% RDI
- Potassium: 16% RDI
- Vitamin E: 10% RDI
- Iron: 8% RDI
- Folate: 6% RDI
- Niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6 and thiamin: 5% of the RDI
Pumpkin is very high in beta-carotene - an important antioxident. The body turns beta-carotene into Vitamin A. For more, see Pumpkin: Nutrition, Benefits, & How to Eat.
In my mind, Halloween is the unofficial start of the crazy holiday season, and pumpkins should be available October through Thanksgiving. I hope you'll take the time to venture past your holiday homemade pumpkin pie, and try one or more of these delicious Instant Pot savory pumpkin main dishes!