I was at the store yesterday and decided to buy some canned pumpkin. The problem is I bought it without knowing what to use it for. I decided that it would be a good way to add fiber and vitimans to my diet but need some suggestions of uses.
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Ooh, canned pumpkin. Let's see... you can stir it into your oatmeal, along with some cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract and the sweetener of your choice to have pumpkin spice oatmeal. I just tried Meg's recipe for Baked Pumpkin Custard that was absolutely delicious. There's also the possibility of stirring a little into your spaghetti sauce or other pasta sauce (maybe a savory creamy pumpkin sauce?).
I've made chocolate muffins, using a devil's food cake mix and a can of pumpkin (a recipe I found on Hungry Girl), and bake according to the box. The batter is really thick, but the muffins turn out great.
A friend told me she adds it to chili to thicken. I want to try this, but haven't yet.
As long as it's an unflavored, and not a pie spiced pumpkin, I've used it as a substitute for squash. Just heat and serve with light butter or drizzled with bacon onion topping as a side dish. Not a fan of "sweet" vegetables, my mom would dice onion and bacon and put the mixture in the hollow of a squash such as acorn and bake. Not diet friendly because she used one whole bacon strip per serving. The trick to diet-friendly squash this way is to use only one slice of bacon, dice it very, very finely use a lot of onion and saute it first, then sprinkle it sparingly on the whole dish (several servings) of cooked pumpkin or squash (cooked from fresh or canned).
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I love canned pumpkin. I have a terrific recipe for a bundt cake (and I would be happy to share if anyone wants) it but unfortunately, it is very calorie rich. Per the original recipe, one slice has whopping 385 calories, although I am sure mine has less because I use a lot less oil and a lot less sugar (I am doing it pretty mch with every recipe because I don't like overly sweet stuff). I also use more dried fruit and a lot more pumpkin than what the recipe calls for.
Also, you can use canned pumpkin for pumpkin soup - one of my favourites.
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I've been getting the Hungry Girl newsletters for 4 years now and she loves using canned pumpkin in all sorts of recipes, so that's the first thing I thought of. You could search hungry-girl.com for "canned pumpkin." Click here and check out the second half of the page, there are links to a few of her recipes... that page has mostly healthier versions of desserts.
LindsayLou -- there is a GREAT recipe on the foodnetwork website that can be "healthified" very very easily. Search pumpkin sausage pasta. SO DELICIOUS I almost died when I made it. I used the entire can of pumpkin, TJs whole grain pasta, less cream, and some more spices. So. freaking. delicious.
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