Recipes to Make Before Going Pumpkin Spice Crazy

Oh yes, I went there.

Labor day is right around the corner (and hopefully by the time I hit post on this MY labor will follow suit!) and you crazy kids are already planning on ditching your summery frozen drinks and salads galore for hot cocoa, baking marathons, and a full-on pumpkin/apple/cranberry fest of epic proportions.  I’m on to your tricks.

After seeing what went down last year, I’m prepared to hold you down and make you wait just a teeny bit longer.  Just long enough to make use of all the fabulous summer fruit and veggies that you’ll surely be missing come winter.

I know, I know.

Right now most of you are dying to get pumpkin spice wasted…

…But hold your freaking horses okay?

We have perfectly good veggies that need a bit more face-time.

With that being said, here are a few recipes that you basically need to make before you start cracking open pumpkins Gallagher-style.  Though if you do… please YouTube it for my amusement.  Danke.

Recipes to Make Before Going Pumpkin Spice Crazy

Spicy Sriracha Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw


 1. Spicy Shrimp Tacos

Healthy Avocado Cucumber Tomato Salad

2. Tomato Cucumber Avocado Salad

Shrimp Panzanella Spinach Salad

3. Tomato Panzanella (Tuscan Bread Salad)

Greek Spiralized Cucumber Salad

4. Greek Spiralized Cucumber Salad

Healthy Greek Quinoa Bowls

5. Greek Quinoa Bowls

That should hold you over for a little while, eh?

So before you do the fall produce face-plant I know you’re all dying to partake in, remember that feeling of “Ohmygosh I would kill for a ripe slice of watermelon right now!!!!” and savor the last of summer mmkay? It’ll be pumpkin spice time before you know it!

Class dismissed!

If you get a chance to try these Recipes to Make Before Going Pumpkin Spice Crazy, let me know! Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation.

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  • Juli @ 1000lovely things

    I am so ready for fall now and I am so much looking forward to the coziest of all seasons but I will for sure miss my peaches and blueberries like crazy!

  • Maria Angelique

    And I was so totally wondering what to do with that big bag of salmon in my fridge! Hello fish tacos! All the food looks yummy as usual! Maria @ Asphalt & Trails

  • jodye

    I definitely got a bit over-excited when I first saw Kabocha squash in the market, and I admit I’ve been eating it like a mad woman! I just crave it by the end of the summer. All of these recipes do look rather lovely, though. I should probably fit in some summer meals while the produce is still fresh!

  • AND you just reminded me that it would be MUCH more awesome to use my salmon to make fish tacos tomorrow night (instead of just regular ol’ boring grilled salmon). 🙂

  • Kaitlin

    This is too funny. I actually was just telling my mom about my future pumpkin plans and she simply rolled her eyes. She asked me to at least hold off until October, which is smart given that I might put myself in a coma eating too much squash 🙂

  • healthloveandchocolate

    HAHA thank you for this. Everyone around me is going pumpkin crazy while here I am desperately grasping at the end of summer and hoarding blueberries.

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    I am with you 100%. It is way too soon for fall flavors. Plus I don’t even like pumpkin all that much.
    I flat refuse to start talking about autumn foods because I’m still getting summer eats in my CSA share, and I likely will be for weeks more. I am going to cling to my summer fruit and fresh leafy greens like someone stranded on an iceberg, and then when fall finally comes, I’ll keep eating my fresh summer flavors because I froze a bundle of things, including your creamy pesto dip….so good.

  • NO way – I AM READY FOR FALL and I AM READY FOR PUMPKIN SPICE EVERYTHING! ah ha ahha ha ah! 😉 I already have my candles!

  • Miss Polkadot

    Fingers crossed your little chickpea decides to join you on or at least sometime [soon] around Labor Day! Double Labor Day?!
    I’ll shed more than one tear when blueberries are out of season again. The ones I got from the Farmers’ Market this week are more like crack berries so I’m sure addicts will understand my feelings. Same goes for donut peaches.
    But yes to kabocha season starting – it’s always about seeing the upsides, too, right?

  • Samantha Semans

    I am going to miss all the summer fruits! Peaches, watermelon, nectarines, and berries are a staple here! Booooo

  • Danica

    I agree that we should NOT be rushing away summer! I’m already sad to see that strawberry season is long gone, but I’m clinging on to all of the fresh zucchini, carrots, corn, and tomatoes at the farmer’s market.

  • Sloane @ SIF

    GIRL I’ am so glad you posted this. I had 18 people order the pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks yesterday. Its August. Football season is in week ONE. I’m still trying to squeeze all the lovin’ I can out of cukes, zucchini, berries, and watermelon! I still HAVE to make your flatbread pizza, and have a big ol tub of your veggie dip to scarf up. I’m not ready for pumpkinalmondoatmeal cranberrycinnamonnutmegpanckakecookiemuffins yet!!! Though I am ready for cooler weather…
    Hoping and praying little chickpea decides to meet the world soon!!

  • kelsey

    Just this:

    100 degrees in Austin Texas

    Pumpkin spice latte, PLEASE WAAAAIIIITTT!!!

  • Maria

    These all look really good! I’m extremely excited for pumpkin season, but my garden is still BOOMING!

  • kolya

    No, no watermelon…don’t go ):

  • Marisa@thecollegecuisiner

    Ahahaha love that Pumpkin spice! I couldn’t tell, is that guy wearing pants?

  • Liziheartvegetables

    Oh my goodness all of these look SO adorable!

  • Caitlin

    Peaches, I’ve been eating probably three peaches a day as a minimum these past few months. But yesterday I started thinking about apples and that’s pretty exciting as well!

  • Tawny

    That cartoon definitely is summing me up at the moment! So hilarious! But those recipes look amazing…Thanks for sharing!

  • Jackie

    Oooh that bruschetta quinoa looks awesome! Definitely going to make that. I guess pumpkin can hold on a little bit longer 😉

  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

    Thanks for sharing! I found several that I definitely want to make soon!

  • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

    I too still have lots of summer things I want to make before pumpkin arrives. It;’s still in the 90s here anyway!

  • Yum thanks for sharing all of these summer recipes yum yum yum love + shine court star

  • the cape on the corner

    that pumpkin spice thing is hilarious! my friends are already alerting me that it’s out at wawa and dunkin donuts. happy thoughts to you!

  • betty (

    can I keep my watermelon and fresh veggies and add a sweatshirt? I just love sweatshirt weather. crisp fall nights with a pumpkin beer. i’ll even drink one for you 🙂

  • Renee

    Holy cow. This is perfect! You just did next week’s menu planning for me. Thanks!
    We just relocated to Boston (from Nebraska), and the seafood here is AHHHHmazing. I am super excited to try your fish tacos. Also, I stumbled across an awesome farmer’s market last weekend, which I plan to hit up again this week & I have been looking for veggie-full recipes since the fruits and veggies are SO ripe and cheap right now. As for faves, I am loving zucchini & my heart holds a special place for a perfectly plump tomato.

  • Jessica

    Ha! That is awesome, I totally just LOLed OutLoud to “Hold Your Freaking Horses”. 🙂

  • Alison @ Daily Moves and Groov

    Ah those fish tacos! As much as I love being immersed in pumpkin everything, I will certainly miss summer produce 🙁

  • Frances Stiles

    I’m already pumpkin-spicing my coffee, Jenn. I was in a funk and knew that would help get me out of it! Can’t wait to hear about when Chick Pea will be making her appearance. Breathe deep…

  • Olivia Turel

    I admit, I can’t wait to go pumpkin spice crazy. But I’ll hold off a bit longer (;

  • Clara

    I’ll definitely miss the watermelon! I must must try that veggie flatbread pizza, thanks for sharing!

  • Amy @ Long Drive Journey

    Turns out I LOVE zucchini! To be honest, I don’t really know what’s a summer veggie and what’s not (I have to consult a website every time I’m trying to figure out what’s in season), but I am going to miss fruit! Peaches! Nectarines! Plums! I’m getting sad just thinking about it!

    Can’t wait for some butternut squash soup though!

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