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For some people, fall is the season of pumpkin spice recipes. Pumpkin spice lattes. Pumpkin spice muffins. Let’s not forget the original dish that started the craze – pumpkin pie. Did you know there’s more than one way to make your own pumpkin spice seasoning? Did you know there are pumpkin spice recipes for dinner dishes? Read on to learn ways you can add a pumpkin spice flair to your dinner meals.
The Science Behind The Flavor
The trick to making your own pumpkin spice seasoning is in realizing two facts. First, there is no actual pumpkin in pumpkin spice recipes. Second, according to an article published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), commercial companies who make seasonal favorites – such as pumpkin spice lattes – don’t use the same seasoning blends that individuals making it at home would use.
In fact, certain chemicals such as cinnamic aldehydes – which gives lattes a cinnamon flavor – are used instead. While this is certainly not the most appetizing reality check, it’s important to understand that, despite your best attempts, your pumpkin spice recipes might not taste the same because you’re not using these chemicals in your recipes at home.
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What’s In It
According to My Baking Addiction, there are five basic ingredients to pumpkin spice seasoning: cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. What you might not realize about these five ingredients, is that they all have certain health benefits. Ginger is commonly known to aid with nausea. But, according to Healthline, it can also help with muscle pain and soreness.
Dilmah – known for their tea blends – reports that nutmeg can help boost the immune system and improve blood circulation. Allspice, according to Very Well Health, can ease diarrhea and cramps. With so many wonderful benefits packed into this seasoning blend, one has to wonder if pumpkin spice is a superfood contender.
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5 Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipes
When it comes to mixing your own pumpkin spice seasoning, there’s really no right or wrong way to do it. But, just for fun, we found some pumpkin spice recipes with a few different ingredients. If you want to give your pumpkin spice blend some flair, check out these recipes!
For the traditionalist at heart, Live Well Bake Often has the classic recipe for pumpkin spice seasoning. It uses the five main ingredients we mentioned earlier. This recipe will make 5 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice, perfect for making a bunch of different pumpkin spice recipes.
The Minimalist Baker puts a spicy twist on this recipe by adding pepper to the mix. Cardamom is also used to add a “depth of flavor,” to this seasoning blend. Both ingredients are optional but we think they’re worth trying.
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If pepper isn’t not enough to satisfy your taste buds, Nellie Bellie’s recipe for pumpkin spice will crank up the heat and open your nasal passages. She cuts out the allspice completely and adds a dash of cayenne pepper to her seasoning blend. If you’re suffering from congestion this fall and winter, Nellie Bellie’s seasoning blend is just what the doctor ordered.
CopyKat keeps this pumpkin spice blend simple by using mace instead of cloves. Mace is the coating found on nutmeg seeds. They also provide a handy tip. If you don’t have allspice, you can use either cloves or cardamom in its place.
Last on our list of DIY pumpkin spice recipes is Everything-But-The-Kitchen-Sink Pumpkin Spice by Food52. This recipe pulls out all the stops adding cardamom, fennel, and ground star anise to the mix. If this recipe doesn’t suit your taste buds, visit Food52 for a few other pumpkin spice recipes.
5 Dinner Dishes Using Pumpkin Spice
Now that we know how to make our own pumpkin spice blend, let’s talk about dinner. After all, when it comes to pumpkin spice recipes, why should breakfast and dessert get all the glory? We found four dinner dishes and one savory snack that all use pumpkin spice.
Jeanette, the author of Jeanette’s Healthy Living, is responsible for the warm and creamy goodness photographed above. Her roasted butternut squash soup is vegan and uses pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup to give this dish all of its fall feelings. While her instructions do call for baking the butternut squash in the oven for an hour, we wanted you to know about one other option. Butternut squash can also be cooked in a pressure cooker. Follow the instructions provided by Simply Recipes for more details.
Pumpkin spice is all things nice! Who would ever think of using it with chicken tacos? Cake ‘N Knife did and we’re grateful to them for creating this innovative dish. This super easy meal is made with chicken, pumpkin spice, cayenne pepper, and more! Toppings are always optional but Cake ‘N Knife used black beans and avocado. Last but not least, a dreamy combination of sour cream and adobo sauce was drizzled over the top. This dish is guaranteed to bring life to your family’s Taco Tuesdays.
The perfect cure for a cold, winter day is always curry. A Duck’s Oven has made curry even better by creating this Pumpkin Spice Chicken Curry dish. Serve it with a side of naan bread or rice. A Duck’s Oven also promises that this dish is even better the next day. They recommend you double the recipe.
For the career-snackers, we found this yummy treat. Home & Travel Cafe roasted chickpeas and then tossed them with a pumpkin spice blend that included honey and olive oil. High in fiber and protein, this is the perfect, guilt-free snack to make on a cold day.
No winter recipe list is complete without chili and this is the final dish on our list of pumpkin spice recipes. Unlike the other pumpkin spice recipes mentioned, Savory Spice uses an actual pumpkin to make this dish. The pumpkin spice blend is added to the chili mix. For serving, the chili is scooped onto sliced pumpkin wedges that have been baked in the oven.
Pumpkin spice recipes no longer have to wait for fall. Indulge your tastebuds year round by making your own seasoning blend. Thanks to the creativity of multiple food bloggers, you can now have pumpkin spice seasoning with every meal: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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Photo Credits: Unsplash | Pixabay | Live Well Bake Often | Minimalist Baker | Nellie Bellie | CopyKat | Food52 | Jeanette’s Healthy Living | Cake ‘N Knife | A Duck’s Oven | Home & Travel Cafe | Savory Spice
Sources: Institute of Food Technologists | My Baking Addiction | Healthline | Dilmah | Very Well Health | Live Well Bake Often | Minimalist Baker | Nellie Bellie | CopyKat | Food52 | Jeanette’s Healthy Living | Simply Recipes | Cake ‘N Knife | A Duck’s Oven | Home & Travel Cafe | Savory Spice