Pumpkins: More than a Jack-O-Lantern

Pumpkins are a common sight this time of year, but did you know they can be used for a lot more than just carving? From decorations to dinner and delectable desserts, pumpkins are quite handy. Not only are they a delicious ingredient, but they are also healthy! The orange gourd is considered a super food that is high fiber, low in fat and chock-full of vitamins, including vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K.  Pumpkins can be eaten in a variety of ways, including mashed into soups or purees, boiled, baked, steamed, roasted or made into pies. Pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil can also be used while cooking. Toasted pumpkin seeds make a tasty, healthy snack.  Did you know it’s even safe for our furry friends to enjoy? Canned pumpkin is often recommended by veterinarians as a dietary supplement for dogs and cats that are experiencing certain digestive ailments.

Who knew that jack-o-lanterns could be so handy! We’d love to hear about your favorite pumpkin recipe, and stop by your local K&W Cafeteria this fall to see what pumpkin-inspired dish we will be serving next!

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