nina | November 21st, 2012 - 9:00 am

There’s certainly not a shortage on ideas to make with canned pumpkin.  You’ve got pumpkin breads, pumpkin cheesecakes, pumpkin muffins and the oh, so famous, pumpkin pie.  How many family’s have a pumkin pie in their house on Thanksgiving day?  I’m sure almost each and every one does. . . Talk about tradition!

And there are cans and cans and cans of pumpkin sitting on the shelf of your local store right now just waiting for someone to take them home.  Despite pumpkin’s association with all things sweet and buttery that are baked goods, canned pumpkin is actually quite good for you, packed with vitamins and nutrients, like beta-carotene, fiber and iron.

So when you can’t eat another bite of pumpkin cheesecake this Thanksgiving, add your canned pumpkin into one of these delicious ideas . . .

Pumpkin Pancakes.  These flavorful pumpkin pancakes are actually good for you.  Add pumpkin to your favorite pancake recipe along with a little cinnamon and pumpkin spice seasoning. 

Pumpkin-Bean Soup.  Flavored with pumpkin and coconut milk, a quick fast soup that is ready in 15 minutes.  Canned pumpkin and cannellini beans are the timesaving secrets.

Carrot-Pumpkin Bars.  A healthy pumpkin dessert that’s so healthy, you don’t have to feel guilty about grabbing one for breakfast. 

Source:, 11.16.12 

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