Do you know much about cooking with gourds? If you don’t, you’ve come to the right place, because we’re here to introduce them! Pumpkin, cucumber, melon, and squash, among others, all belong to the gourd family. We have made a list of entrees using pumpkin, cucumber, and squash to give you some inspiration for your next meal! Try one of these gourd recipes for a filling dinner that will be sure to keep you satisfied!


1. Pumpkin Chickpea Enchiladas 

Yummy enchiladas stuffed with pumpkin and chickpeas, covered with tomato and chipotle chili sauce, this dish is sure to fill you up with everything you’re craving! The Pumpkin Chickpea Enchilada by Claudia Hollings is a winner on the dinner table!


2. Roasted Pumpkin Za’atar Spinach Barley Bowl With Tahini Dressing 

Such a comforting salad with unique and creative flavors! The Roasted Pumpkin Za’atar Spinach Barley Bowl With Tahini Dressing by Maria Llamas is the perfect hearty salad for dinner.

3. Pumpkin Gnocchi in Spiced Butter Sauce With Lemon Cashew Cream

Homemade pumpkin gnocchi anyone? These Pumpkin Gnocchi in Spiced Butter Sauce With Lemon Cashew Cream by Rhea Parsons are just so satisfying and delicious, filled with a spiced butter sauce you just can’t get enough of!

4. Pumpkin Rösti With Mushroom Mayo

These are perfect to serve with a side salad, or just eat them alone – yes, they’re that yummy! This vegan version of the Swiss potato fritter is made from pumpkin and butternut squash, which makes this Pumpkin Rösti With Mushroom Mayo by Maria Engbjerg quite unique and flavorful!

5. White Bean and Pumpkin Veggie Burgers

There’s nothing like a really good veggie burger, right? What about spicing up your classic burger with some white beans, pumpkin and hot sauce! These White Bean and Pumpkin Veggie Burgers by Jasmine Briones has a lot of good ingredients, so you will not only be completely satisfied by the delicious flavors – you can be sure it’s also good for you!



1. Roasted Delicata Squash With Mushrooms and Kale In Creamy White Wine Sauce

Comforting, creamy, full of flavors, and oh-so-satisfying – what more do you really need? This Roasted Delicata Squash With Mushrooms and Kale In Creamy White Wine Sauce by Lisa Dawn Angerame combines meaty mushrooms, bitter kale, and roasted squash topped with a creamy sauce which makes it just the right level of savory!

2. Maple-Mustard Squash Grilled Cheese

In this utterly delicious sandwich, the squash is roasted with a maple-mustard glaze to give it a savory and sweet flavor! Filled with greens and a heavenly sauce, this Maple-Mustard Squash Grilled Cheese by Colorful Kitchen gives you all the best stuff!

3. Stuffed Squash With Quinoa Pilaf

Get all your vegetables and fruit in one, beautiful stuffed squash! So creative, and so filling, this Stuffed Squash With Quinoa Pilaf by Karen Sheer is perfect as a side dish on the dinner table, but also as an entrée!

4. Sabich Spaghetti Squash 

Eggplant, spaghetti squash, tomato sauce, and beans are mixed together in this beautiful dish inspired by the popular Israeli dish sabich. This Sabich Spaghetti Squash by Paris Marash is super easy to make and you’ll love the results!


5. Squash Fritters With Jalapeño Cream

These fritters are way easier to make than they look! Squash is mashed and combined with a spicy jalapeño cream and then fried until crispy. The Squash Fritters With Jalapeño Cream by Plant Tribe are perfect to serve with a side salad of your choice!


1. Black Bean Hummus Stuffed Cucumber Rolls 

These Black Bean Hummus Stuffed Cucumber Rolls by Robin Runner are perfect to snack on and make the most beautiful appetizer to bring to tapas night! Best of all, they’re super healthy but still delicious.


2. Cucumber Noodles With Spicy Tahini Sauce 

You really need to try this healthy and nutritious dish, where regular noodles are switched out for noodles made from cucumbers! The sauce is perfectly spiced and has a tahini base, making these Cucumber Noodles With Spicy Tahini Sauce by Rachel Carr creamy and delicious!

3. Cucumber Gazpacho 

The number one ingredient in this dish is cucumber! Other healthy and tasty ingredients like scallions, garlic, vegan sour cream help lift the dish, and make the Cucumber Gazpacho by Pavani Nandula  perfectly refreshing on a summer day!

4. Cucumber Semolina Dosa 

These are perfect to add to so many dishes, and have the perfect balance between sweet and savory! These Cucumber Semolina Dosa by Kushi are good to serve with coconut chutney or agave for a sweet snack or add more chili to make a more spicy and savory snack.

5. Spicy Cucumber Salad With Pan-Fried Tofu 

This salad is so fresh, and also more filling than a regular salad, with sautéed cubes of tofu, bell pepper, and roasted nuts. The Spicy Cucumber Salad With Pan-Fried Tofu by Gin Butters is tossed in a gingery and garlicky dressing, to just lift the whole salad a notch, and make it warm and tangy!


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Lead image source: Pumpkin Rösti With Mushroom Mayo