Did you know that 18,000 tons of perfectly edible squash is tipped straight into the bin every Halloween in the UK – weighing the same as 1,500 double decker buses. That’s a crazy amount of waste! Especially because there really is some delicious makes which can be made with minimal effort. Let’s start with the very basic…
For this recipe you need parsley, onion, thyme, garlic, cream and peppercorns. The method is so simple the kids can do it. Heat all the ingredients other than the cream and parsley, and then puree. Return to the pan, simmer and then stir in the cream and decorate with the parsley. It’s hearty and delicious. We make this every Halloween.
This Pumpkin Pie takes only 20 minutes of prep! It includes a mix of allspice, cinnamon and ginger which brings out the richer taste in the pumpkin. I confess I haven’t tried this one BUT the reviews are excellent and it’s on the list for this year.
Creamy Pumpkin Vegan Risotto
I am a risotto fiend, totally love the stuff. My favourite is butternut squash based, but that can easily be substituted with pumpkin, and I’ve just come across as recipe that does just that. It’s another pretty easy recipe, and this one is vegan too. You need pumpkin, olive oil, onion, Arborio rice (high-starch, short-grained), white wine, vegetable broth and vegan Parma. Delish.
Not up for eating your pumpkin?
It still doesn’t need to go in the bin. How about doing one of the following…
Bury it – Seriously, bury it and let it decay and enrich the soil.
Feed the animals – The leftovers are a delicious snack for animals like deer, squirrels and birds. Instructables have a super easy breakdown of how to make a bird feeder.
Eat the seeds – A handful of roasted pumpkin seeds is a delicious way to get iron, magnesium, zinc and a healthy dose of fibre.
Save the seeds – If you don’t fancy eating them, plant them in your garden and you’ll reap the rewards next Halloween.
Compost – Pumpkins are full of nutrients, which makes them a great fertiliser.
What are you doing with your pumpkin? Let us know in the comments.