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Take 5: Pumped for pumpkins

September/October 2017 California Bountiful magazine

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Pumped for pumpkins

It's fall—pumpkin time! Although jack-o'-lanterns and Thanksgiving pies are the hands-down favorite ways to use pumpkins, there are plenty more options. And beyond their versatility, pumpkins also pack a healthy punch of vitamin A and dietary fiber. Here are five ways to enjoy these good-for-you gourds.

1. Fun family breakfast

Perfect pumpkin pancakes
Kids can help measure and mix the ingredients in this simple recipe.

  

2. Grab-and-go breakfast

Cranberry pumpkin muffins
For a delicious start to your day, bake these the night before and enjoy with a glass of milk.

  

3. Refreshing beverage

Pumpkin smoothie
It's easy. Just whirl these ingredients in a blender: 15-oz. can pumpkin (chilled); 12-oz. can low-fat evaporated milk (chilled); 1 1/2 cups orange juice; 1 small, ripe banana; 1/3 cup granulated or packed, light brown sugar; and, if you like, 2 tsp. cinnamon. Serve as is or over ice.

  

4. Simple weeknight dinner

Pumpkin and white bean soup
Mashed beans plus pumpkin make this soup unique. Cook a quick batch to serve on a busy weeknight.

  

5. Sweet treat

Pumpkin pudding
Looking for a new dessert? In a large bowl, stir together 15-oz. can pumpkin, 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice and 1/8 tsp. salt. Slowly stir in 1 1/2 cups low-fat milk and mix well. Add 3.5-oz. box instant vanilla pudding and stir for 2 minutes until it thickens. Refrigerate until time to serve.


Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

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