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Pumpkin Recipes Made with Real Food Ingredients

15 Pumpkin Recipes made with Real-Food Ingredients!  These look amazing!


I cooked up a bunch of pumpkin over the weekend, and I knew I needed to check with some of my favorite healthy living bloggers to see what they had in the way of real food pumpkin recipes.  Once again, they did not disappoint!


Here are some of the links they gave me:





Real Food Pumpkin Spice LatteReal Food Pumpkin Spice Latte




Superfood Pumpkin Pie SmoothieSuperfood Pumpkin Pie Smoothie





Gluten Free Pumpkin PancakesGluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes


Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles





Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Grain Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins







Main Dishes:

Healthy Main Dish Pumpkin Recipes3 Healthy Main Dish Pumpkin Recipes

 (Crab and Pumpkin Quiche, Stuffed Pumpkin or Acorn Squash, Autumn Stuffed Pumpkin)

Healthy Pumpkin Soup RecipesPumpkin Soup Recipes

 (Roasted Pumpkin and Butternut Squash Soup, Apple Pumpkin Bisque, Autumn Pumpkin Stew)


Sourdough Pumpkin BreadSourdough Pumpkin Bread





Healthy Pumpkin Pie Quinoa RecipeHealthy Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Recipe






Healthy Pumpkies Recipe - GF, DF, etc.!Pumpkies (GF, DF, EF, NF)






Pumpkin SnickerdoodlesPumpkin Snickerdoodles





Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie Panna CottaDairy Free Pumpkin Pie Panna Cotta







Gluten Free Pumpkin CakeGluten Free Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting







Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Mini TartsPumpkin Pie Mini Tarts (Gluten Free)





Pumpkin Chocolate Chip CookiesPumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies





I'm pretty sure I'm going after those Pumpkies first!  Which recipe are you going to try?

(If you missed the apple recipes, you can check those out here.)


15 Pumpkin Recipes Made with Real Food Ingredients - Some of these look absolutely amazing!

13 Amazing (Real Food) Apple Recipes

These apple recipes look sooo good!  They all use real, whole-food ingredients too, which I love!  There are some dishes I've never seen and really want to try this fall.


It's apple season! I just got myself a bushel of apples over the weekend, and no doubt I'll be getting more before the season is over. I normally just use most of them to make applesauce (using this handy little applesauce grinder – one of my favorite kitchen tools ever!)

But I thought it would be nice to do something a little more interesting with the apples. I'm not the greatest at coming up with recipes. (When I do it's monumental, and they definitely turn into a blog post!)

But even if I'm not that great at creating recipes, I know exactly where to look to find them!

I simply ask around to my blogging colleagues, and they never fail me! Their stunning photography and their knack for creating amazing food from real, whole ingredients is just delightful!


Here are some of my top picks of their apple recipes:


Main Dishes

Pork, Apples, and Brussels Sprouts skillets - what a yummy way to cook brussels sprouts!
Pork, Apples, and Brussels Sprouts Skillet

Sweet and Savory Tuna Salad


Side Dishes

Sweet Potato, Bacon, and Apple Hash - this is a fabulous collection of real-food recipes using apples!

Sweet Potato, Bacon, and Apple Hash

Apple Sweet Potato Bake

Cinnamon Baked Apples



Awesome Apple Cinnamon Pancakes - these are gluten free too!

Awesome Apple Cinnamon Pancakes (gluten free)

Amazing Applesauce muffins



Gluten Free Chewy Apple and Oat Bars - these are like Nutri-grain bars, but they're homemade and healthy!
Gluten Free Applesauce Oat Bars



Stove Top Apple Crisp Recipe - this is a "real-food" recipe with healthy ingredients too!

Stove Top Apple Crisp



Gluten Free Apple Raspberry Pie - with real food ingredients!

Gluten free Apple Raspberry Pie

Applesauce Almond Cake


Apple Cranberry Crumble - made with healthy ingredients!  Looks so good!  Apple Cranberry Crumble

Easy Apple Crisp



I'm not sure which one to try first!  Which one looks the best to you?


Honeydew Melon with Mint

Guest post by Imperfect Homemaker contributor Andrea.


Honeydew Melon with Mint


I don't really like the summer.  I'm not all about tans, sunscreen, beaches, or anything hot.  I am definitely more of a winter girl.  I love the snow…except in New York City.  But that's a different story.  I don't enjoy going to the beach, or sitting in the hot sun.  But one of my favorite things about summer is all the fresh fruit and vegetables that are easily obtained.  I especially enjoy honeydew melon.  Last year a friend introduced me to honeydew on a whole new level – add some fresh mint!

Honeydew with Mint


I have some windowsill herbs that constitute the entirety of my urban garden.  Peppermint is one of the plants that I haven't killed off yet, so I just snipped off a few springs.  After chunking up my honeydew, I added the chopped mint.  It adds a whole new dimension to the juicy melon that makes it even more of a treat!  You can add a peppermint garnish, too.  If you want to dress it up even more, add some chopped cucumber for a flavorful salad.  If you don't grow peppermint at home, you can probably find some at your local farmer's market, along with other fresh herbs.

This is one thing about summer that I can love!

Easy Gluten-free Cornbread

Easy gluten free cornbread

(Have you noticed that most of my recipes have the word “easy” in them?)

My family really likes pinto beans and cornbread, but we have not had it in a very long time – pretty much since we decided that eating non-GMO foods was one of the biggest areas in which we would not compromise.  Non-GMO cornmeal is hard to find and expensive.

Last night I realized, “Hello!  I have a WonderMill now!  I can grind my own cornmeal!”  (Thank you, WonderMill company.  You are my hero.)

I had purchased a humongous bag of Non-GMO popcorn to go with the popcorn popper we got as a family Christmas present.

Lots of cornbread recipes have wheat flour in them besides cornmeal, but I am still trying to stay off wheat as much as possible.  I tweaked a recipe I found online to be gluten-free, and (of course) easy to make.

Head over the Grain Mill Wagon to get the full recipe.


Freezer Cooking Guide: Tips for Success


 Now that you know why you should be freezer cooking, and you know which foods do and don't freeze well, I want to share some tips to make your freezer cooking a success!

Tips for freezer cooking success

1. Be Prepared

 It's important to get prepared for your cooking session if you're going to cook several freezer meals at once. Even if you are just doubling your nightly meal to put into the freezer, you'll need to get everything prepared, and make sure you have all the ingredients and storage containers.


2. Get Comfortable

 You should wear a good pair of shoes (I have these shoes and absolutely love them!  They're the most comfortable pair of shoes I've ever purchased!)  If you can invest in a comfortable standing mat for your kitchen floor that is great too. Have a snack before you start to avoid snacking as you cook.


3. Shop with a List

 You definitely do not want to shop for a freezer cooking session without a list.  Go through all your recipes and write down all the ingredients as well as the amounts you need, taking into account the fact that you may be doubling, tripling, or even quadrupling some of your recipes.  You need to know exactly how much and what to buy so that you will not be lacking anything when you get into the middle of cooking.


4. Cook What You Like

 Most families actually rotate the same 8 to 10 dishes, and rarely try anything new. It's important to understand what you and your family like and work within that parameter to truly be successful with freezer cooking. Try only one or two new things in any give month and you'll be a lot happier with the outcome.  Believe me, I've put some recipes in the freezer that were new to me, and ended up not liking them at all.  Not fun to have to throw it out or eat something you don't like!


5. Get Organized

 Before you start, make sure you begin with a clean kitchen and an organized workspace. Get out the pans and supplies that you need in advance and set them out like you work in a factory so that they're ready to go.  Fill your sink with soapy water so you can wash dishes as you go.  You'll need to reuse some of your utensils for other recipes and you'll be glad to have them clean and ready to go again.  Plus, you don't want to end your cooking session with an avalanche of dishes to wash!


6. Packaging & Labeling

 You can use freezer bags to store a lot of your meals.  Lay them flat and you will find that you can fit quite of bit of food in the freezer that way. You also need to make sure you label everything so you'll know what it is after it freezes.


7. Handling Food Safely

 Do not mix utensils when handling raw meat. Wash your hands often in hot soapy water. Use a thermometer to ensure proper internal cooking temperatures.  Don't leave foods sitting out on the counter; get them back into the fridge or into the freezer. You can read more about the Core Four Practices of safe food handling at fightbac.org.

Are you ready to get some meals in the freezer?