Ask Leah! The Ingles Dietitian

Sponsored: Uses for canned pumpkin

Sponsored: Uses for canned pumpkin

Question: What Can you do with a Can of Pumpkin?

Answer: please note that I'm referring to 100% pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling, which is pre-sweetened.)

Here are 10 easy ideas on what you can do with canned pumpkin—beyond making pumpkin pie—to take advantage of that beta carotene (vitamin A), vitamin K and fiber.

• Stir into mashed potatoes for a pumpkin potato mash.

• Combine with waffle or pancake batter to make pumpkin pancakes or waffles.

• Use in smoothies along with milk, banana, protein powder (or non-fat dry milk powder) and sweeten with honey, a non-caloric sweetener or maple syrup. 

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• Use canned pumpkin to make a soup 

• Add to dogs food.

• Make pumpkin protein bites

• Make a pumpkin dip or spread by combining pumpkin with cream cheese and honey and pumpkin pie spice.

• Stir into hot oatmeal and add walnuts and your choice of sweetener

• Mix with plain or vanilla Greek yogurt ( add a sweetener if desired) and top with walnuts or pecans. 

• Use to make muffins, bread or scones.

Need more ideas? Check out the Ingles Table recipes on like Michael McMurtrey’s Spicy Coconut Pumpkin Soup and more on this Food Network site 

Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN

Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian


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