First of all, happy 24th birthday do to my wonderful boyfriend Chris!!!! I love you!! 😀
I realize that it’s not technically fall yet, but it definitely feels like it here in Boston. And for that reason- and because Starbucks reacquainted us with the pumpkin spice latte- I’ve been having an intense desire to consume pumpkin flavored things. Pumpkin goodies are some of my favorite things about fall! And then I see so many lovely bloggers posting pumpkin recipes and my desire increased even more! At some point during this season I want to recreate Tina’s pumpkin carrot cake bread, Julie’s pumpkin oatmeal muffins, and Katie’s pumpkin spice latte for one!
Sadly, when I went to the grocery store last week, they only had canned pumpkin pie mix…booooo.
But, no worries, when I finally decided to give into my craving yesterday, Whole Foods came to the rescue and they had regular canned pumpkin :D.
Last night, I was in the mood for a new dinner recipe and wanted to try pumpkin in a savory dish- I never had before! In came Courtney’s Pumpkin Black Bean Soup recipe. Oh my god you guys, you seriously have to make this! It was freaking amazing! Thank goodness I have a ton of leftovers because I just want to keep eating it haha.
I followed Courtney’s recipe exactly…the only different thing I did was add two chicken breasts! Seriously, make this soup! It tastes fabulous and as an added bonus your house will smell amazing :).
This morning, I still had pumpkin on the brain…apparently I needed to indulge the sweeter side of the craving. So I decided to try pumpkin in a smoothie. This was a success!
Chocolate and Vanilla Pumpkin Protein Smoothie
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy :).
I think I now have a new favorite breakfast. Oatmeal may have to take a seat on the sidelines for a few days until this can of pumpkin is finished.
I hope you have a good Monday! I’m off to the gym and then I have work to do before class this afternoon.
Do you like pumpkin? What’s your favorite pumpkin recipe?
What is your favorite thing about fall?