09/05/2014 06:39 EDT | Updated 09/05/2014 06:59 EDT

Pumpkin Recipes: Soup, Bread And Pie To Eat This Week

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Fall is almost here and all we can think about is pumpkins: pumpkin muffins, pumpkin lattes and what our next Halloween pumpkin carving will look like.

But all sweets and artistic talent aside, there are plenty of other good reasons to chow down on pumpkin this season.

You can roast it, mash it, fry it and even eat the seeds. And although pumpkin can be quite messy to take apart, this quick video has a step-by-step guide that can also be handy when carving a jack-o'-lantern.

There are health benefits, too. About 100 grams of pumpkin contains 26 calories, and can satisfy 148 per cent of your daily intake of Vitamin A and 15 per cent of your daily Vitamin C intake.

It can also help you lose weight, keep your eyes sharp and boost your immune system.

Here are five pumpkin recipes to try this week:

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Here's what you need to buy this week, while the other necessary ingredients (like pepper, salt and oils) are likely already in your kitchen.

  • Pumpkin (full and purée )
  • Onions
  • Shallots
  • Serrano pepper
  • Brown rice
  • Yogurt
  • Ginger
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Honey
  • Sriracha
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Buckwheat flour
  • Vanilla
  • Maple syrup
  • Coconut oil
  • Baking soda
  • Vegetable stock
  • Garlic
  • Arborio rice
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Premade tart shells
  • Pumpkin spice
  • Eggs
  • Evaporated milk

(In case you missed it, we picked corn last week.)

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