Hearty Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats

Now that fall is in the air, it is Pumpkin Spice season! I am a true fan of all things with cinnamon, so I am a die hard Pumpkin Spice fan! It is getting down into the 40’s here at night and we had to pull out the down comforter last night as I just couldn’t get warm! So it’s time to start those chilly mornings off right with a nice hearty warm breakfast. Last week I shared with you how to Preserve your Pumpkin and Winter Squash by Roasting and Freezing. This week, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite ways to use up some of that frozen pumpkin. When the mornings are chilly, there is nothing like a warm bowl of hearty steel cut oats to warm your soul. Add in a little maple syrup, pumpkin spice and some pecans or walnuts, and life is good. This is a whole foods vegetarian recipe that can easily be made vegan/plant based. I hope you enjoy this recipe for Hearty Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats as much as I do! The Ingredients:   I like Bob’s Red Mill Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats, as they cook in 7 minutes instead of 20. I am not a morning person to begin with, so anything that makes my morning quick and easy is a good thing! You will also need Pumpkin Puree (to make your own for the freezer, see my post from last week here) and Pumpkin Pie Spice. You can make your own Pumpkin Pie Spice by mixing together 4 spices. Mix 1 tspn of ground cinnamon, 1/4 tspn of ground nutmeg, 1/4 tspn ground ginger and 1/8 tspn of ground cloves.  Optional ingredients are maple…

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How to Preserve your Pumpkins and Winter Squash by Roasting and Freezing

Fall is in the air, and it is almost time to harvest those pumpkins and winter squash. These are one of my favorite foods to grow in the garden. They are super easy, just plant and forget about them. Than as fall comes around, it is like a treasure hunt to see how many you can find. I always plant a lot of varieties of pumpkin and winter squash and we all enjoy harvesting them together. Most pumpkins and winter squash will easily keep for months if stored in a cool dark cupboard. I like to roast some of them and then put into the freezer for those lazy cooking days and it is nice to have on hand. You may also can pumpkin or squash in chunks using a pressure canner, but it is not safe to can it in a pureed form. In this article, I will teach you how to preserve your pumpkins and winter squash by roasting and freezing it. Also see my article on why you should also freeze some of your tomato harvest! Choosing the Pumpkins or Squash for Roasting My favorite pumpkin or squash to use for roasting is the Jarrahdale Pumpkin. It is a beautiful blue flattish pumpkin that is just stunning to look at. The meat of this pumpkin is similar to Butternut Squash, which is another favorite and works well with this method. But almost any type will work. Blue Hubbard Squash,  Sweet Meat Squash and Pie Pumpkins are others that will also work well. Cleaning Up the Pumpkins and Squash First thing you need to do is to get your pumpkin or squash all cleaned up and ready for roasting. Clean the exterior of the pumpkin or squash well, making sure to remove any dirt. Give the whole pumpkin…

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