There’s no vegetable quite so autumnal as the bright, bulbous pumpkin, nor one so versatile. Throughout this season, pumpkins are squashed, smashed, chopped, pulverised and carved into celebrities, but inevitably all succumb to the same fate – by joining us at our tables on Thanksgiving.

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Predictably taking form in a pie during this meal, aspiring pumpkins across the globe wilt under the heavy strain of oppression, deflated and humiliated as those humans do not celebrate its glorious potential.

But you can make change happen by reading these 11 different ways to best utilise pumpkin this Thanksgiving. For just 30 seconds of your time and a trip to the supermarket aisles, you could make a difference to the life of a pumpkin this holiday season.

1. Cheesecake and caramel sauce

Essentially a pumpkin pie but with more filling. We’re listening…Try this recipe of pumpkin cheesecake with gingersnap crust and caramel sauce.

2. Pumpkin pizza

Pizza might not be typically associated with Thanksgiving, but this could be a good option if you have young children/anyone attending your Thanksgiving meal. Try this pumpkin pizza recipe with mushrooms and chorizo.

3. ‘Better than sex’ pumpkin cake

Cake should be a staple during all holidays. Try this pumpkin cake recipe that claims to be better than sex (blushes).

4. Spiced pumpkin hummus

Because there’s no such thing as a party without hummus. Probably. Try this recipe for spiced pumpkin hummus.

5. Pumpkin chocolate chip bread

What’s better than bread? Bread with chocolate in. Try this pumpkin chocolate chip bread recipe out for size.

6. Pumpkin mac n cheese

Milky, stringy and comforting – mac and cheese is the epitome of good old-fashioned home cooking. Try this simple pumpkin mac and cheese recipe. Now.

7. Pumpkin swirl brownies

Slutty brownies younger, hotter sibling the swirl brownie is about to make their presence known. Try this recipe for pumpkin swirl brownies if you want to remain current.

8. Pumpkin and spinach lasagne

You can’t go wrong with a lasagne, as the old saying goes. Try this roast pumpkin and spinach lasagne recipe.

9. Pumpkin spice latte

If a pumpkin latte recipe boasts to be better than Starbucks, you have to try it, don’t you? Yeah? Okay then, try it here.

10. Pumpkin soup

No, not just a Kate Nash song, lads. Try this classic pumpkin soup recipe.

11…pumpkin pie

If we failed at widening your horizons, here’s a recipe for boring pumpkin pie that is probably good. Probably.