It might seem a little cliché at this point thanks to the ubiquitous Pumpkin Spice Latte (plus the millions of pumpkin-flavored products at the grocery store), but we don’t care, because nothing signifies the joy of a brand new harvest quite like the almighty pumpkin. Aside from its wonderful flavor, pumpkins also provide a vast array of health benefits. They are high in vitamin A and beta-carotene, which help to improve vision. Their seeds can reduce cholesterol and improve your mood. And pumpkin’s high levels of potassium serve as an all-natural, caffeine-free energy boost.

So when cooking up something pumpkin, why stick to just pie and bread when you can get a bit more experimental? For instance, how does pumpkin cheesecake sound? Or pumpkin and brown rice risotto? Or even pumpkin stuffed with raisins, couscous, and almonds? It all sounds amazing, right? Whether you prefer your pumpkin savory or sweet, there are dishes out there to suit your taste. Below are a few of my favorite recipe finds, all of which are naturally vegan, or include vegan alternative ingredients.