You’re wasting a wonderful resource if you carve your pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern and throw out the rest. Most people buy pumpkins only for it’s decorating ability and don’t think twice about the nutritional value it has.

Since pumpkins are a variety of squash, there are many recipes available for pumpkins. Bake up a delicious side-dish to your favorite Harvest meal. You’ll appreciate not only the fresh baked aroma of pumpkin, but the tasty addition to your meal.

Find the freshest pumpkin you can from a genuine pumpkin patch or farmer’s market and whip up a side dish with this simple baked pumpkin recipe.

1) Cut the pumpkin into serving-sized squares and arrange on a cookie sheet and bake at about 350° until they’re tender and lightly browned.

2) Add optional seasonings such as chopped onions and peppers, bacon bits, chives, honey, brown sugar and sour cream.

3) Melt butter on them while they’re still hot and voila, a yummy addition to any meal!