A step-by-step guide to making the most of a whole pumpkin

A step-by-step guide to making the most of a whole pumpkin

Autumn is the time of year when you can pick up a whopping big pumpkin for only a few dollars.

However, no matter how much you love pumpkin, committing to eating a whole one can be a bit daunting.

Love Food Hate Waste has created this step-by-step guide to help your family get through a whole pumpkin, without eating the same meal twice.

If you buy the pumpkin but don’t want to eat it for a few weeks (or even months), here’s how to store it properly.

Tip: This guide has you cutting up the pumpkin to cook it, but if you find it difficult to hack up a whole pumpkin, try roasting the pumpkin whole in the oven until it is soft, then cutting it up.

Step 1: Start with making a wonderful one-dish dinner for your family, following this recipe for spiced chicken and pumpkin bake.

Spiced Chicken & Pumpkin Bake

Step 2: While that dish is cooking, cut up the rest of the pumpkin and roast it on another tray in the oven.

Pumpkin on a tray

Tip: Wondering what to do with the seeds and the skin? Both are edible. You can roast the seeds to make a delicious snack, and you can choose to leave the pumpkin skin on when you roast it. Otherwise, throw them into your compost bin.

Step 3: Once the pumpkin is cooked, package up your leftover pumpkin into containers in the fridge.

Step 4:  For your next meal, take some of your leftover pumpkin and use it to make these pumpkin falafel wraps. If you don’t have time to make the wraps yourself, use bought flatbreads, pitas or tortillas.

Pumpkin Falafels


Step 5: Use some more of the pumpkin to make this pumpkin hummus – and if you have any leftover wraps or flatbreads, toast them to make chips to serve with it.

Pumpkin Hummus

Step 6: You’ll be nearing the end of your pumpkin supply now, so why not branch out and make these pumpkin, prune and chocolate bars for a sweet treat.

Pumpkin, prune and chocolate bars

Step 7: If you have any pumpkin left, we’re guessing you may be sick of it. So pop it in the freezer and then use it another time to make pumpkin soup, or add it to a stew.

Tip: If the recipes above don’t take your fancy, try one of these ones: