I don’t avoid it at all costs anymore.

I Used to Hate All Things Pumpkin, but This Is What Changed My Mind
Photo by Annabelle Breakey; written by Amy Machnak

I will be the first to admit that I absolutely hated the pumpkin craze. Every year when fall would come around, I’d roll my eyes at the pumpkin explosion that would seem to take over grocery store shelves, Instagram feeds, and recipe websites. While my friends savored their pumpkin spice everything, I was firmly in a grinchy mood about it all. I just didn’t like it, period.

But in the past three years or so, I’ve softened my opinion on the hottest fall produce. If I were to psychoanalyze my hatred of it, I think I was turned off by its inclusion in very sweet foods. As someone who is drawn to savory more than sweet, I just didn’t have time for pumpkin pies, lattes, cakes, donuts, etc. And I thought that pumpkin in other dishes would just ruin everything with so much sweetness.

That is until I started branching out and giving pumpkin in savory dishes a try. Pumpkin risotto? I tried it and actually it wasn’t that bad. Pumpkin chili? The slight sweetness of the gourd actually makes for a great mix of flavors. I even tried a pumpkin curry that I wouldn’t mind eating on the regular.

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So I guess what made me come to terms with pumpkin was rethinking how it could be served. I only knew it from a sweet standpoint, but after exploring new dishes, I learned that I actually didn’t hate it all. Is it my favorite thing? No, but I won’t turn my nose up at it any longer. If you share the same sentiments as my former self, take a look at some recipes below and give pumpkin another chance.

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